The only other thing I would add is that when you’re choosing laminates- I’ve read that matte finishes and lighter colors are better at hiding wear and tear. But if you do go with a darker color, just make sure it has a bit of a pattern on it, so that if it does get scratched, it won’t show as much.
Laminate gets a bad rap but it has come a LONG way. New laminate countertops are budget-friendly, easy to install, durable, and look high-end. The contrast with this black matte sink is next level kitchen style.
48 in. x 96 in. Laminate Sheet in Oiled Soapstone Fine Velvet Texture
Kitchen Updates on a Budget Fresh Slate Countertops were the major change in the makeover of this 10x9-foot galley kitchen. The clean-lined laminate countertops in a slightly speckled charcoal give the kitchen a contemporary feel and allow brighter accents to take center stage.
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