How to Choose Laminate Colors for Kitchen


Choosing a laminate color for the kitchen is a combination of personal choice and smart editing. Color is always affected by light and surrounding colors, causing color to change depending upon the room it is viewed in. Laminates come in such a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures that choosing can be daunting and frustrating. Being prepared can assist in narrowing the options and directing the eye toward the best laminate choices. Textures and patterns should be considered to help hide normal wear and tear of the laminate.

Things You'll Need

  • Finish samples and/or photographs
  • Mat board
  • Double stick tape or glue stick
  • White paper or cloth
  • Foam core or plywood (optional)
  • Wall paint (optional)
  • Collect samples of finishes in the kitchen --- flooring, paint, cabinets, fabrics. If an inspiration piece was used for the kitchen --- a textile, a painting, a place --- include a photo or sample of that as well. Gather photos of appliances and lighting fixtures being used.

  • Create a sample design board using a stiff mat board and double stick tape or glue stick to attach the collected items to the board. Arranging and attaching the items will give everyone a concise view of what is happening with color in the kitchen.

  • Decide what role the laminate color should play in the kitchen environment: dominant, supportive or viewed as an accent.

  • Take the sample board along when shopping for laminate colors. Make some laminate choices using the finish samples/textiles or photographs as a starting point. Ask for samples of the laminates that look promising.

  • View the laminates along with the other finishes in the actual kitchen. View them as a group in the existing light available and in the location and plane (horizontal, vertical) in which they will be used. View them in places where the finishes naturally meet --- wood cabinet, wall, backsplash, countertop.

  • If an existing laminate is in place, block the color by placing a barrier of white cloth between the existing laminate and the new choices or paint a 12 inch square sample of the wall paint onto foam core or plywood (prime the plywood first to obtain a representative sample) and place the laminate sample on or against the paint sample.

  • Eliminate colors that do not work well by leaving laminates in place and alongside the other finishes for a few days. Come in and out of the room during the course of the day and evening and allow the first response to arise. Remove the rejected laminate(s), rearrange what is left and continue the process until the right one is chosen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, warm, bright or dark colors can visually shrink a room. Cool, light colors will make the room or object the laminate is applied to feel larger.

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