Retro vs. Enduring Design

Formica marks its 100th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they’ve created several new retro colors and patterns of their laminate countertops.  Designs include “Elipse,” “Endless,” and “DotScreen” that are brightly colorful and playful.  They’re durable and cost-effective, and very trendy.  They might be ideal for areas like basements, workshops and extra bathrooms.  

Despite the retro trend designs in kitchens and baths, you may have other ideas for your countertops and tile work as you remodel.  Don’t be pushed into something just because it’s trendy. With any remodeling project, take a good look at your reasons for doing it and your plans for that area in the future.  If you’re planning to retrofit again in a few years, then by all means, choose trendy.  If you’ve saved for years for this effort, you’re wise to consider something classic and universally appealing.  Even if you plan to move, neutral and traditional are better bets for resale.   

When making decisions about cabinetry in a kitchen or bath remodel, get the advice of your building professional and discuss costs.  It may cost only slightly more to replace an entire vanity instead of just installing new countertops.  The investment may be worth it in the long run to get a whole new look, good functionality and solid construction. Ask yourself, “Why are we remodeling in the first place?”  If it’s for resale, be conservative. If it’s something you’ve always dreamed of, ask your remodeler to help you to find options to realize that dream. Ultimately, you’re the one who has to live with it – make sure you’ll be happy with your choice in five or ten years – trendy or classic notwithstanding.