Innovative ways to use Quartz, Laminate & Solid Surface in Home Décor

When it comes to updating your home’s interiors, the materials you choose for surfaces like countertops, backsplashes, and flooring can have a major impact on the overall aesthetic. Quartz, laminate, and solid surface materials have become increasingly popular options for homeowners looking to breathe new life into their kitchens, bathrooms, and other living spaces.

At Top Shop Countertops of Green Bay, Wisconsin, we’ve helped countless clients discover innovative ways to incorporate these versatile materials into their home décor. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the top design ideas to consider for your next remodeling project.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz has emerged as a top choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops due to its durability, easy maintenance, and wide range of style options. Unlike natural stone, quartz is an engineered material made of ground quartz crystals and resin binders. This gives it a consistent, uniform appearance that can mimic the look of granite, marble, or other high-end materials.

One way to make quartz countertops a standout feature is to choose an unconventional color or pattern. While classic white and neutral tones are always popular, quartz also comes in bold jewel-toned hues, dramatic veining patterns, and even terrazzo-inspired speckled designs. Pairing a striking quartz surface with simple cabinetry and backsplash tiles can create a sleek, modern look.

According to All American Granite, a second way to be creative with quartz around the home is to add to a kitchen countertop is to add a quartz backsplash. This technique can “provide an interesting contrast or create a seamless transition between your countertops and walls, especially when using the same material and pattern. This continuity brings an elegant and clean aesthetic to your kitchen or bathroom.” (Aagadmin, 2024) 

Laminate Surfaces

Laminate countertops and flooring have come a long way in recent years, shedding their outdated reputation for looking cheap or artificial. Today’s laminate products can convincingly replicate the appearance of luxury materials like wood, stone, and even concrete at a more affordable price point.

For a contemporary spin on laminate, consider installing it in non-traditional applications, such as accent walls, built-in shelving, or even furniture. The versatility of laminate makes it easy to get creative – you could use it to add a modern, industrial vibe to a basement wet bar or give a dated vanity a fresh new look. In this article from Makers Decorative Laminates “15 Innovative Ways to Revamp Your Home with Laminates” covering floating shelves stylish laminates are a unique way of using laminate. (Makers Decorative Laminates, 2024) 

Solid Surface Designs

Solid surface materials like Corian® or Avonite® offer a smooth, seamless aesthetic that’s perfect for creating one-of-a-kind design features. Unlike quartz or laminate, solid surface can be molded and thermoformed into virtually any shape, making it a great choice for custom countertops, tub surrounds, shower pans, and more. See photo below.

One way to showcase the unique capabilities of a solid surface is to integrate it into built-in cabinets or furniture pieces. For example, you could have a solid surface desk or vanity top that flows seamlessly into the supporting structure. As in an example in the photo below, you don’t have to settle for an ordinary desk using a solid surface. “You can create fluid, freeform lines and seamless, swirling forms that make a big statement,” according to Swatbox.  (Swatchbox, 2024) Or, use it to create a striking, sculptural fireplace surround or accent wall. The design possibilities are endless.

(Photo courtesy of Swatchbox – showcasing solid surface bathroom countertops)

No matter which material you choose, working with an experienced countertop fabricator like Top Shop Countertops can help you unlock the full potential of quartz, laminate, and solid surface for your home décor. Our team will guide you through the selection process, provide expert installation, and offer creative ideas to make your vision a reality. Contact us today to get started on your next remodeling project!