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 laminate is stylish, durable, easy to clean and is available in a range of finishes, such as Velour, AR+ (Gloss), Honed, Etchings and Riverwash.
It's no surprise that stone was a feature at the international kitchen design shows this year. 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.