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Q: We are putting a little wet bar area in our basement but are afraid that the laminate top that suits our budget may look too kitcheny. Any suggestions?

Tamara says....
To make your new area look less like a kitchen, use a thicker countertop (try 2.5 or three inches thick) with a straight-edge profile and no integral backsplash. You can add a tile backsplash later if needed. You’ll probably need to build up the cabinet to accommodate the new top. Avoid laminates that are typically used in kitchens and fast-food restaurants.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.