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(BPT) - Showcasing your personal style doesn’t have to be limited to the clothes you wear. Now more than ever, people are using their homes as a blank canvas to make a style statement. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice function for fashion. Here are five tips for unleashing your design personality while still ensuring your home is engineered for everyday living.
1. Make an Entry Statement
Whether you’re greeting guests or coming home after a long day at work, your entryway establishes the welcoming tone of your home. As our homes have become more multi-functional than ever, consider incorporating stylish storage solutions like coat racks, cubbies or benches that allow you to add touches of personal style while creating a space that’s also useful.
2. Put Your Kitchen Countertop to Work
From cooking and entertaining to schoolwork and crafting, the kitchen island or countertop is the center of many activities in the home. As the focal point of any kitchen, selecting a countertop that is both on trend and able to withstand everyday rigors is of the utmost importance. Wilsonart® helps homeowners make a style statement with a variety of engineered surfaces in today’s most sought-after natural marble and stone looks. From Quartz and Solid Surface to High Pressure Laminate (HPL), these surfaces are also engineered to meet a variety of lifestyle and budget needs while also withstanding daily wear and tear. They are high-performance, non-porous, meaning it will hold up against stains and look better, longer, and are as sustainable and sanitary as they are stylish. As each of these is a hard surface, they are inherently protected and inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew to keep the surfaces looking and smelling better, lasting longer, and mimic the best of Mother Nature, without impacting the environment.
3. Don’t Let High-Touch Surfaces Cramp Your Style
Homeowners are always looking for ways to mask the unsightly fingerprints that happen to surfaces of the home. Wilsonart® Traceless™ Laminate is ideal for use on high-touch areas with its nature-inspired tones and ultra-matte finish that provide an organic and sophisticated, luxurious look and feel for cabinets, doors and countertops. This innovative surface option features fingerprint-resistant technology engineered to repel prints, smudges, smears, and streaks in high-traffic areas. It’s stain-resistant, remarkably durable, repairable if light scratches occur, and easy to clean, making it the perfect upgrade from traditional paint.
4. Let the Inside Shine
Opening a cabinet door to find a stark white interior, or a dark abyss that makes it difficult to see what’s inside, adds nothing to a kitchen’s personality. Wouldn’t you rather open the door to spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional? Bring sophisticated style to the inside of cabinets, drawers, and open storage areas with Wilsonart® Interiors, a collection of Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) designs and finishes. Inspired by natural woven textures, the collection adds a sense of refinement to both open and closed cabinet storage, dressing spaces from the inside-out with a new level of detail.
Deciding on décor is a balancing act. Overloading a space can create an unwanted cluttered feeling. Instead, mindfully choose decorative accessories that will let your personality shine. Then create a perfect blend between practical storage and pleasing aesthetics with shelving. Whether decorated with books, family photos or plants, shelving lets your personal items become décor, instead of distractions.
For more stylish yet functional design inspiration, visit www.wilsonart.com.