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Laminate: Easy to clean and ever so affordable. The problem? Well, it brings to mind its dated heyday: The American 1950s. Until recently, that is—ICYMI, 2019’s take on laminate is modern and chic. 

We’ve been spotting the budget-friendly material everywhere, from HGTV star Leanne Ford’s gorgy new collab with Formica to the bathrooms of our favorite designer showhouses. Laminate? Really? Yes, really! See for yourselves.

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COUNTERTOPS

This black "marble" waterfall island looks nothing like your granny’s dated digs…and everything like a fabulous design decision. Fun fact: True marble starts at $60 per square foot installed—gulp—while this Formica Nero Marquina laminate prices out at just $19.

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COUNTER…BOTTOMS

Here’s a fun idea: Have your contractor outfit your island lowers in a bold laminate option, then top things off with a fancier countertop material. (Psst: These cupboard fronts are paneled in a wood laminate, too!)

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ACCENT WALLS

The stone-effect walls flanking this fireplace look like a million bucks, no? Spoiler: They cost just $20 per square foot installed (roughly $1,000 for a project of this grand scale.) 

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Courtesy of Formica

FOR THE KIDS

Don’t want to invest in real marble when you’ve got a budding Picasso in your home? Laminate is totally non-porous and stain-resistant. While an errant doodle could be catastrophic for marble countertops, dishwashing liquid and a microfiber cloth will take it right off of "marble." And you know what? It looks pretty darn convincing if you ask us. 

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