Laminates are cool again—well, some of them are. Davis likes Abet Laminati's yellow number, which he speced for this kitchen. “With its ribbed texture and extroverted personality, it's the perfect material to bring life to otherwise ordinary millwork and make the kitchen a hip and fun place,” he says. No matter what the aesthetic goal, Abet makes a fitting array of colors, types, and styles. “What's great about laminate is that it can ease the pain of a tight budget by doing all of the work,” he says. Abet Laminati, 800.228.2238;