Kitchen & Bath

Expert Advice: Dining Sets and Countertops

Where do I start when designing a custom dining set?

I always advise people to think practically as well as aesthetically when choosing a custom made dining set. Of course, you want to maintain the flow of the design between the rooms leading to the dining room, and choose the appropriate size for the space. However, choosing the type of wood, stain and texture is vital as well. Is this table going to be used on a daily basis? Should you go with a forgiving texture? Are you considering a more formal table and would you rather protect it with a custom sized glass top? Custom options are endless and our designers will be happy to help you make the right decision. – Zenlia,

The Options are Endless with Laminate

When it comes to countertops, everyone has different tastes and different expectations from the product they choose. Whether they want something really durable, yet low maintenance, something with sheen or sparkles, or a visually appealing array of colors and patterns, the choices are endless. What 180fx® LAMINATE offers is all of the above and then some. Because laminate is digitally engineered, the options are wide open to almost anything you can dream up. The exotic surface look of granite, stone and wood is available in laminate. Not only is it high resolution, durable, and has the same high-end look as quartz or stone, the new SatinTouch™ surface they introduced in celebration of their 10th anniversary will enhance your designs with a silky feel and eye-catching sheen for a fraction of the price. With its GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD GOLD certification for low chemical emissions, and its industry leading 5-foot pattern repeat, you can’t go wrong. – Formica,

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