Old-School Remodeling Materials That Feel Fresh & Modern Again

Old-School Remodeling Materials That Feel Fresh & Modern Again

Dabney Frake
Aug 12, 2017
(Image credit: Dzek)

Over the past year, we've noticed the return of some forgotten design favorites. These materials were originally budget options, dismissed as being too affordable to be first picks when remodeling a kitchen or bathrooms. But they've circled back with momentum this time β€”in some cases because technology has improved the product, but also because more and more people rediscover what made them so great the first time.


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Laminate has come a long way, with a new appearance that mimics natural materials like marble or granite, but is much cheaper than something like engineered stone.

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In addition to appearance, the new option of rounded corners give this durable budget material a much higher-end look. Both things combined give laminate a much needed leg up against the countertop competition.


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Terrazzo, with its durable flecked finish, is suddenly the peak of chic, popping up in high-end kitchens around the world.


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You'd be forgiven for thinking that the floor in the above bathroom is patterned cement tile, but it's actually vinyl. Boo & Maddie did a quick budget makeover, and this material was a affordable, yet graphic, choice.

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Above, Ashley from The Gold Hive used three different colors of vinyl tile to produce a gingham effect in her bungalow kitchen. If you don't like gingham, you can try a checkerboard or a zig zag pattern, because sky's the limit.