Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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group of seven noteworthy kitchen and bath designers from around the country recently sat for a focus group on design trends. It was a wide-ranging discussion touching on everything from appliances and floor- ing to backsplashes and cabinet-door styles. Laminates were a part of that discussion, even among these top designers who typically han- dle big-budget projects. Seattle-based Robin R igby Fisher, CMKBD, mentioned a whimsical combi- nation of laminate and paint in one recent project. And Cincinnati, Ohio-based design- er Kimball Derrick, CKD, touted the truly custom looks that were possible by printing images on laminates. "I don't know if you guys know this but they will do one-off photography on laminate," Derrick explained to the group. "ey'll blow it up to where it's multiple sheets, and so we've ex- perimented a little bit with that in some of our projects. Laminates are definitely happening." is type of discussion is music to the ears of manufacturers, who have come a long way since the heydays of laminate use as only a coun- tertop or vanity-top finishing material during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Today laminates are a design tool across many price points. It is less about affordable functionality and more about colors, patterns, finishes and applications. HIGH-PRESSURE LAMINATE APPLICATIONS Laminates are a big category. e overall discussion may sometimes include natural wood veneers and metals. ese tend to be high-end, designer-only oriented solutions Visual Interest and Performance New colors, patterns, finishes, applications and custom looks make laminates an increasingly viable design option for many remodelers. By Patrick L. O'Toole A 36 June 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Laminates

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