Like floors and walls, countertops take up a large area of the home and contribute to the overall aesthetic of the home. Because of this, Formica, a proprietary formula of plastic laminate, manufactures several colors of countertops. These colors are either plain and solid or textured to provide the countertop with a more organic or designed look.
The color black is the darkest of all colors and absorbs the most light. Because this property can actually reduce the perceived size of a room, black Formica may not be suitable for smaller kitchens or countertops. This color also contributes to a contemporary look and matches many kitchen appliances. Formica makes black in solid Black as well as several textured shades including Blackstone, Basalt Slate and Ebony Oxide.
Although not a popular color for fixtures or appliances, red-colored countertops complement several color schemes and can contribute to an organic look. Shades such as the solid New Burgundy are reminiscent of wine or of baked red clay while more textured shades, including Sienna Terra, Rosso Granite and Fired Glaze, take the organic look of the countertop a step further.
Bright and cheerful or cool and soothing, shades of blue from Formica are available to match many styles of kitchen. Navy Grafix appears almost as a dark blue concrete while the stony Indigo Terra or Denim Canvas has a more natural appearance. Sky Terra mixes blue with red and white to form an interesting mixture of turquoise and granite.
This cool and neutral color works with a number of color schemes, both dark and light. Formica offers gray in textile style prints such as Painted Screen, concrete style such as Graphite Grafix and Storm Solidz, natural stone styles such as Ubatuba Granite and even contrived designs such as Charcoal Boomerang.
Used often in stony texture print designs, green complements black, white or stainless steel kitchen appliances or fixtures. Formica greens include Forest Terra, the stylized Beluga and Grass.
A common interior color, white is also a favorite color for Formica countertops. Because of this, several shades of white are available from bright pure whites to warmer off-whites. Dover White, White and Bright White are the brightest while Antique White Papercraft, Sail White Oxide and Multifleck are warmer and easier on the eye.
Offering an organic appearance, shades of tan work well with woodgrain, terracotta or stone features in a kitchen. Formica laminate shades include Amber Maple, CardBoard Solidz, Jute Gauze and the stony Sand Crystal.
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