Exploring the Possibilities of Laminate: A Guide to Renovating Beyond Flooring

Renovation projects can be exciting but overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing the right finishes and styles for your home. We empower you to consider laminate.

When planning a renovation beyond just flooring, such as in kitchens, wetrooms, bathrooms, laundries, and cabinetry in living and bedroom spaces, the selection of materials becomes even more diverse. Here are some additional hints, tips, and ideas for exploring different options and incorporating the modern ranges of NX Decor into your renovation.

Research and explore:

The world of laminates now is extensive, you can get just about anything – colour, texture, finish – you desire. Don’t sell yourself short, do the groundwork and let your imagination take hold while you explore the possibilities for your home.

  • Familiarise yourself with the latest trends, materials, and finishes for different areas of your home. Browse interior design magazines, websites like Houzz, and social media platforms such as Pinterest,  and Instagram to gather ideas and inspiration.
  • Look into the modern ranges of NX Decor, which offer extensive commercial laminate design options. From classic to contemporary, you can find a variety of finishes, textures, and colours that suit your style and preferences.

Consider functionality and durability:

Laminates are suitable for just about any area of the home, so don’t just limit yourself to the kitchen and the floors.

  • Evaluate the practical requirements of each space. For example, in kitchens, choose materials that are resistant to moisture, stains, and heat. In wetrooms and bathrooms, opt for waterproof and easy-to-clean surfaces. There are beautiful finishes that can translate for built-in robes, shelving and laminate panelling in living and sleeping areas.
  • NX decor often provides innovative solutions that combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Explore the wide range of materials available for countertops, backsplashes, and cabinetry to find options that meet your needs.

Visit showrooms and tradeshows:

There is nothing more compelling or satisfying than getting up close and personal with the textures and finishes that offer possibilities to your surroundings. The range of commercial laminates, high gloss laminates and laminate panelling could inspire you to see beyond a planned all white kitchen. You also have the opportunity – without obligations – to talk to experts about your vision and expectations, and the endless ways that laminates can enhance your home spaces.

  • Showrooms and tradeshows are excellent resources for exploring different materials and design ideas. Visit kitchen and bathroom showrooms to see various finishes, fixtures, and appliances in person.
  • Talk to experts and gather information about the benefits and drawbacks of different materials. Request samples to take home and evaluate how they coordinate with the overall design scheme.

Create mood boards and visualise:

This is the fun stuff – get the whole family involved. Laminates offer something for everyone as far as colour, texture and application go. Let your imagination run wild – this is where your laminate samples will shine as you get the big picture of what you can achieve to renovate the home of your dreams.

  • Extend the concept of mood boards to encompass the entire renovation project. Create separate mood boards or inspiration boards for each space, including kitchens, wetrooms, bathrooms, laundries, living and bedroom spaces. Cabinets, built-ins, floors, shelving, headboards and more can benefit from the application of laminate for functionality and visual impact.
  • Compile images, colour palettes, textures, and materials that resonate with your vision. Experiment with different combinations of marble laminates, textured laminates and the vast variety of laminate countertops and panelling to see how they harmonise together and reflect your personal style.

Budget and planning:

There are laminates to suit every budget and situation. In some cases laminate may be a more affordable and practical finish than the Italian marble benchtop of your dreams, freeing up the budget to make more impact in other areas of your renovation and life.

  • Determine a realistic budget for each area of your renovation project, including materials, labour, and any additional fixtures or appliances required.
  • Research the pricing and quality of materials within the modern ranges of NX decor to ensure they align with your budgetary considerations.
  • Consider the longevity and value of the chosen materials to make informed decisions regarding investment pieces.

Consult with professionals:

More than above, this may come down the track a little in your renovation or redesign venture. Talking to professionals – with or without obligation – can help you clarify your decisions and allay any concerns that you may have with your choices.

  • Engage the services of interior designers, kitchen and bathroom specialists, or cabinetry experts to guide you through the decision-making process. They can provide valuable insights, suggest functional layouts, and recommend materials that align with your vision.
  • Discuss your preferences and requirements with professionals to ensure that the chosen materials harmonise with the overall design of your home.

Seek professional installation:

You probably wouldn’t do your own plumbing, and laminate is a technical product that requires a professional installation, even in the simplest of applications. Attempting to install it yourself can damage the product and offset product warranties, eventually costing you more money than it would professional installation.

  • Depending on the complexity of the renovation, seek professional installers or contractors who specialise in the specific areas you are renovating. Proper installation is crucial to ensure the longevity and functionality of your chosen materials.
  • Consult with experts to understand the maintenance requirements and lifespan of the materials you select. This will help you make informed decisions and ensure your renovation stands the test of time.

The key to a successful renovation is a harmonious blend of functionality, aesthetic appeal, and personal style. By exploring the extensive options offered by modern ranges of NX decor and incorporating your preferences, imagination, and practical considerations, you can create spaces that reflect your unique taste and enhance your daily living experience.