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Meet the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection: Stylish Surfaces for Livable, Smart Homes of Today

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New chalkboard and markerboard surfaces in beautiful colors and patterns draw you in – to draw on them, launching at KBIS as part of the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection with 11 other innovative designs 


Cincinnati (Jan. 10, 2017) Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, brings surfaces to life with the introduction of Formica® Writable Surfaces, offering beautiful and durable chalkboard and markerboard surfacing options in on-trend colors and patterns. The new Formica® Writable Surfaces, part of the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection, will be shown for the first time in the Formica Corporation booth (W981) at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Jan. 10-12.  

Formica® Writable Surfaces feature six colors and designs, each providing the chance to write a personal creative expression directly on it, and to simply wipe it away when finished. As practical as they are inspirational, the surfaces provide a new platform for homeowners to stay connected, manage schedules, play a game or just create. Like all Formica® Brand products, they are also budget friendly and durable.

“Imagine a wall or door in your home where you can finally say, ‘it’s OK to draw on.’ Imagine jotting a good-luck message on your counter for your loved one on the day of a big meeting, making sure they start their day right. These are just some of the endless options for expression with Formica® Writable Surfaces,” said Gerri Chmiel, residential design lead, Formica Corporation.

Formica® Writable Surfaces give homeowners the ability to create expressions of love, life, friendship and personality – literally on surfaces that make up their homes. The collection is offered in a variety of fresh designs suitable for horizontal or vertical surfaces in any room, from bedroom and kitchen walls, to tabletops, desktops, cabinet fronts and more. 

Formica® Writable Surfaces: Modern Canvases to Unlock Creativity Throughout the Home

Three markerboard Formica® Writable Surfaces include patterns – LoveWords, ColorBook and ImagiGrid – plus Classic White, bringing even more options for personal expression within the home.    

LoveWords features heartwarming light-gray words such as “family” and “cozy,” providing an understated way to make a statement, while delivering on the practical need to add reminders of what’s coming up.

ColorBook, a life-sized coloring book pattern in light gray, allows both kids and adults to fill in the lines, wipe clean and then start over again with new colors, or add their own doodles. 

ImagiGrid offers a 1-inch grid pattern that helps anyone get organized within the home, providing an ideal way to make lists, plan a workout or map out a plan, anywhere from home gyms to playrooms to the end cap of a pantry cabinet.

White provides a clean palette for any type of creation, from original artwork to a simple reminder written on a sleek white countertop.        

Two chalkboard Formica® Writable Surfaces, Black ChalkAble™ and Gray ChalkAble™, provide a dark matte finish, perfect for anything from writing schedule reminders on a mudroom wall, to balancing a checkbook on a home office desk, to helping a child learn to write the alphabet, directly on the closet doors.    


“Homeowners today want to express their individuality – and what better way to do that than with a blank canvas for just about anywhere you can think to use one? At Formica Corporation, we know homeowners are seeking quality surfaces that deliver on all areas that are important to them. They want surfaces to be beautiful, purposeful, durable, easy to maintain and smartly priced. Formica® Writable Surfaces have all these attributes and more,” Chmiel, added.

In addition to the new colors and patterns, Formica Corporation will showcase two ready-made products made with Formica® Writable Surfaces at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. The first includes SketchTable™ in a coffee table size perfect for game nights, homework or entertaining, and a taller size for a front entryway, child’s table or end table. The second includes CreateSlate™ featuring a cream-colored frame with Black ChalkAble™ inside, and a gray frame with LoveWords inside. Both products will be available for sale to the public in spring 2017.

Also new from the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection

In addition to Formica® Writable Surfaces, Formica Corporation is also introducing four exuberant 180fx® large-scale laminate stone designs in 2017, including:

  • Fantasy Marble, inspired by Fantasy Brown marble imported from India, a flowing stream of pewter, sand and earth tones.
  • Azul Aran, a complex stone with variations of blue-gray veins and deposits on white bedrock, giving an appearance of movement.
  • Blue Flower Granite and Silver Flower Granite, a swirling pattern of quartz crystals with earth-toned lines for clarity and depth. 

Rounding out the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection are seven trend-forward Formica® Laminate designs inspired by blending popular neutral tones, patterned stones and natural vs. man-made materials, including:  

  • White Bardiglio, a timeless, Italian-inspired neutral gray stone with white highlights for dimension.


  • Silver Shalestone, a blended breccia style design fusing a cool and warm gray monochromatic palette.


  • Geriba Gray, a dark charcoal breaks through this mid-tone gray crystalline granite design.


  • Star Dune, a galaxy of frothy latte tones brought together by tiny particles of complex browns and grays.


  • White Marble Herringbone, a world-loved Carrara marble meets a classic pattern for an elegant aesthetic.


  • Silver Oak Herringbone, a popular gray paired with a natural oak wood creates an innovative pattern with endless possibilities.


  • Lastly, Planked Urban Oak, a woodsy weathered design for contemporary warmth in interiors. 

About Formica Corporation
Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit or call 1-800-FORMICA™.


About Formica Group
Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Skandinavien AB, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., Formica Decorative Materials (China) Co., Ltd. and Homapal GmbH, among others. The Formica Group of companies is part of the Laminates & Panels division of Fletcher Building.


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