“It helps to think of the adjacent areas as an interior landscape,” says Lorraine Brigdale, Laminex Design Centre Manager. “Think of the large surface areas, such as benchtops and sofas, as anchors for your decorating scheme, then link them with related colour choices.” The grey spectrum, from soft dove grey to charcoal, is an enduring trend, says Brigdale. Ultra-glossy finishes, which offer high scuff resistance, are also popular. A new format to consider is the Laminex Squareform range of benchtops, with softly squared edges reminiscent of stone slabs. Laminex; 132 136.