Laminates: Extremely Fashionable

These days, there’s a fantastic selection of oh-so-stylish laminates, from stone and tile to exotic wood looks. It’s almost unbelievable how authentic they appear—but believe it!

You’ll find every possible wood species echoed in laminate styling, together with travertine and other stone and tile looks that are remarkably close to nature. Another trompe l’oeil effect seen recently is a groutless concrete look that lends stunning—yet affordable and durable—style to a contemporary setting.

Watch for the on-trend direction of wider planks, which is exactly what’s happening in hardwood. Be on the lookout for different laminate finishes, too: A glossy surface that’s very high-end; other surfaces are “hand-scraped” or “distressed”; and today’s textured surfaces follow and highlight the grain with results so realistic, you’ll be amazed.

Edges are given special treatment, too, to heighten the realism of laminate floors. Beveled edges add pleasing authenticity to laminate planks, and pillowed edges create a strikingly upscale floor.

Scratch- and stain-resistant, laminate is perfect for busy households with kids and pets. And when it’s time to entertain, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing spills wipe right off. Your laminate floor looks like new for years to come.

And if you’re on a tight budget, laminate offers all the beauties of hardwood, stone, and tile—at a lower cost. So why not go for it?

When it comes to being practical and pretty, there’s just nothing like laminate.