Does formica scream 'I'm on a budget!' ?
I am considering using laminate for my counters. But I'm also considering soapstone, marble, quartz, and corian :-). In other words, I have room in my budget for higher-end finishes.
I like the idea of using laminate because you can add colour without a huge monetary commitment. You can somewhat easily remove it prior to resale, for example, or even if you tire of it.
That said, do you think that laminate looks cheap? Do you think you can use formica to make it look like you CHOSE it, as opposed to it looking like you ran out of money?
Background: I'm updating a 50's ranch, where formica would look 'house-appropriate'. I'm in a neighborhood where young people are moving in and updating with granite; however, lots of existing houses still have formica.