Designers say laminate offers an upscale look without the upscale cost.

Designers say laminate offers an upscale look without the upscale cost.

Laminate floors were in use in Europe long before they made their way into mainstream interior design in the States. Consumers can be glad they’re here. They offer exceptional durability and stain resistance and are easy to maintain. And these days, designers say, they even look like wood! “When laminate first came out, it only came in three shades — maple, natural, or cherry — and the cherry could be really pink,” says Jamila Wilson, Specifications Designer with Courtney Ford Design of San Diego. “It had an artificial look. Now, however, you can’t easily tell the difference between laminate and hardwood.” Manufacturers are, in fact, producing an impressive array of traditional, rustic, and exotic woodgrain designs. Some laminate floors lock together without the use of adhesive, like Shaw’s VersaLock, allowing busy families to resume their activities immediately. And some patterns resemble natural stone, complete with mottled colors and textural shadings. No doubt about it, says designer Debbie Gunson with JPS Surface Solutions in Westlake, CA, “laminates have improved. Some are more textured and distressed looking than they were. The benefits are easy maintenance and that this flooring is virtually stain-proof. It’s for a busy family.” It’s also for the budget-conscious, Jamila Wilson points out. She knows that laminates can be quite cost-effective, offering a wood look that’s often less expensive than the real thing. “It’s a great choice in today’s economy,” she says, “if you want the overall look of high-dollar without the high-dollar cost.” Designer Andrea Kaja agrees. Kaja is a Project Manager with Ryan Young Interiors in Livermore, CA. “I used to think, ‘Oh, laminate,’ but now...
Brighten your kids’ world with carpet and rugs flooring designed just for them.

Brighten your kids’ world with carpet and rugs flooring designed just for them.

Your kids want their rooms to be fun and look great. Making those two wishes a reality is easier than ever with carpet and rug collections designed expressly for kids…or simply the young at heart. Because kids and teenagers like a place to call their own, Shaw has carefully researched the colors they love most. So why not have a room with carpet colors like lime harvest or orange grove or sour apple for a few years? It’s only one room! And, who knows, it may even encourage them to keep their rooms clean. The vibrant carpet colors of Shaw’s children’s collections coordinate beautifully with the youth linens, bedding, and clothing you’ve been buying for years. These carpet designs reflect today’s love of creative colors with charming palettes that will brighten your children’s world for years to come. And while your kids will love the carpet colors of the collections below, you’ll love the performance. Kathy’s Kids Kathy’s Kids, part of the Kathy Ireland Shades of America collection, is a group of eight cheerful, vibrant carpet colors. These 44-oz cut pile carpets feature SoftBac® Platinum, the backing system that enhances long-term appearance, and R2X™, the patented soil and stain resistance carpet treatment that provides total fiber coverage for superior protection. And you know THAT will come in handy in a child’s room. Made from Shaw’s innovative, new EverTouch™ carpet fiber, Kathy’s Kids styles are also wonderfully soft and remarkably durable. The Young Attitudes Carpet Collection This, the newest addition to the Kathy Ireland Shades of America carpet collection, features 20 different carpet styles that capture the attitudes and the...
Shaw: Ceramic May Be Your Answer…

Shaw: Ceramic May Be Your Answer…

…for rooms that at times are both formal and casual, decorative and simple, tough and elegant. For some buyers, for particular areas of a home or business, tile is often the hands-down favorite flooring choice. It can be formal or casual, dressed up or down, dazzlingly decorative or stunningly simple. Recently a group of designers from the California-based flooring companies, Peninsula Floors, Inc., and JPS Surface Solutions, gathered to discuss flooring options. It wasn’t long before they were extolling the virtues of hard-surface tile. “I think for a certain group of buyers, tile is always their choice,” said designer Mary McMurrin of JPS Surface Solutions in Newport, CA. “Especially in areas where they have hygienic concerns — kitchens and baths — they will always choose tile.” There’s no denying the crisp, cool beauty of ceramic, porcelain, and stone. Or the cleanability and easy care these natural products afford. “I find that because homebuyers are so busy these days, they want a maintenance-free floor,” commented Gaylene Higgins, who’s with JPS Surface Solutions in Corona, CA. “Tile tends to require the least amount of maintenance of the flooring types.” Tile is also no problem to repair. If one breaks, it’s an easy matter to pop it out and replace it. If water spills, even a lot of water — no problem there, either. If a tile floor is installed and maintained properly, and the grout is a darker color, sealed to repel soil and stains, maintenance is a breeze. Ceramic and porcelain tiles provide some of the most versatile interior design possibilities, sporting an almost limitless array of sizes, colors, textures,...