Styling your laminate worktop
Laminate comes in so many styles and colours, it can suit any style of kitchen! Start narrowing down your options by considering your overall kitchen look, and what will fit seamlessly with that.
If you have a traditional or country-style kitchen, light wood tones are a perfect match with cream cabinets for a rustic, homely look. Accessorise with retro patterned fabrics, distressed wood furniture and wild flowers to make it more shabby chic.
Stone worktops such as granite have a more expensive, luxurious feel, and can be convincingly replicated in laminate! This pairs well with ornate wooden cabinets in a Victorian-style kitchen.
In a modern home, marble look laminate is bang on trend for an Instagrammable kitchen! Pair with stylish painted cabinets in dark blue or black, and consider adding a striking patterned feature floor tile to go with it.
Alternatively, keep it minimalist with Scandi-style all white laminate worktops and cabinets, adding touches of light wood in stools and a breakfast bar or dining table. Finish the look with a set of elegant pendant lights over your central worktop or dining area.
How to fit laminate worktops
Laminate is one of the easiest kitchen worktop materials to fit, meaning you can even do it yourself with a little research! There are plenty of video resources online that can take you through exactly how to measure, cut and fit your laminate worktops, as well as providing a list of the equipment you’ll need.
The more simple your kitchen layout, the easier it will be to cut and fit your worktops; if you need to navigate lots of corners, odd-shaped counters or cut-outs for fitted appliances, it will be more challenging. If you’re not feeling too confident, we’d still recommend hiring a professional to ensure your worktops are fitted perfectly.
How to clean laminate worktops
Laminate kitchen worktops are easy to clean day-to-day; a sponge or cloth and hot, soapy water should be enough to wipe up most spills. After cleaning, remove the soap by going over again with just warm water to prevent streaking.
Laminate is waterproof but can be damaged if exposed to moisture long term, so be sure to dry off the surface with a soft cloth after cleaning.
How to restore laminate worktops
While easy to clean, laminate is prone to stains, scratches and scorches, which are more difficult to fix.
If you spill something that’s likely to stain, wipe it up immediately with water or surface cleaner. If there’s still a mark a cream cleanser can bring it out, or in extreme cases, try a weak bleach solution, but proceed with caution as even very diluted bleach has a risk of bleaching the laminate itself.
Scratches or chips are the most challenging kind of damage to fix. For small scratches furniture paste wax can be rubbed into the scratched area, applied evenly and then buffed to reduce the appearance of scratches.
If your laminate is perfectly fine but just looking a little dull, restore its shine by applying a laminate polish with a clean, dry cloth, then rebuffing a second time with just a fresh cloth.
How to paint laminate worktops
One of the benefits of laminate over some other worktop materials is that they can be given a new lease of life on a budget with a coat of countertop paint! Start by cleaning your worktop and gently sanding it to remove the glossy finish; this will help your paint stick more easily.
Reclean your worktops thoroughly to get rid of any remaining dust from the sanding, and cover all the edges with thick tape to protect the surrounding surfaces. It’s worth putting sheets down on the floor too.
Use a roller to apply your paint to the majority of the worktop, then use a brush to finish up around the edges. Let it dry completely, then add a second coat, repeating as many times as needed to ensure your new colour has full coverage. You’ll probably need to apply more layers to cover a dark or bright colour with a lighter or paler one, compared to the other way around.