Laminate is the most popular choice of benchtops in New Zealand and is one of the most cost-effective options, available in a large range of colours and patterns. Formica 180fx achieves an unprecedented large scale design, replicating the beauty and magnitude of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. It captures every little nuance and detail of a stone slab, giving it a truly authentic look.
Although tapware may be one of the smallest things in your kitchen, don't forget its importance. First think about functionality - especially if you will have two sinks side by side. Design and fit with your decor is the next thing to think about. It not only has to do the job well, but look good. Modern generally means more angular designs or bigger taps. Traditional kitchens should look for rounder, more traditional styled taps.
It's no surprise that stone has been a feature at the international kitchen design shows over the past couple of years. What was noticeable was the emergence of coloured marbles and other stones such breccia and graphite. But stone can be expensive and cool to touch as well as heavy and difficult to work with. Luckily there are other surfaces which have the look of natural stone but with all the benefits of man-made materials and at a price that won't break the bank, such as the Formica 180fx laminate in Carerra Marble shown here.