Laminate Flooring Technology has come a long with Carpet One’s Laminate For Life.  Wayne’s Color Center in Coos Bay Oregon is an authorized dealer for this product line, so stop by and check out the beautiful samples we have in our show room. Our friendly staff can help you on your next project for your residential or business property.

Laminate for LIFE is the lowest maintenance flooring available, you get the luxurious great look of authentic hardwood or tile BUT you also get to keep your LIFE easy.  Without the maintenance or hassle of the real thing. Not only will you have a beautiful floor, you’ll have more time to enjoy it.

Gone are the days where close enough is good enough! Choosing window treatments can be a time consuming and emotionally draining exercise. To prevent a huge waste of time, money, emotion and effort, refer to the questions below.

  1. In what position is the window orientated? This will determine how much sun the room and furnishings are exposed to as well as the type of materials that are chosen for the window treatment.
  2. What room is the window treatment going in to? Is it a bedroom, bathroom, formal living area or a theatre room?
  3. Is the window in question facing the street or overlooked by another home? This brings up the issue of privacy and how you can maintain it without losing your outlook.
  4. Is the window overlooking a special feature such as a garden courtyard or view such as the city, river or ocean? If there are no privacy issues, you may not wish to have any window treatment at all. Just be aware however, that a window treatment helps to prevent loss of heat through the winter and heat gain through the summer.
  5. Is the home an environmentally friendly home? This requires looking at the best ways to keep heat in the home through winter and keeping it as cool as possible through summer.
  6. Is the window treatment in keeping with the colour, theme and style of the home? Nowadays period homes can be mixed with more modern styles.
  7. What type of window is being considered? Is it a sliding door, an arched window or something more difficult?
  8. What have you allowed in the budget for the window treatments? Quite often when building a new home the money has run out because money has not been put aside right at the start of the project. There are cheaper options and more expensive options. If the home is an investment property then the cheaper options may suffice however, if this is your dream home that is going to be lived in for a long time then consider options that are both practical and add to the style of the home.
  9. How easy are the treatments you are considering to care for and clean? If children have allergies then this also needs to be considered.
  10. What type of fabric is best for the window and what fixing position should be considered?

The 10 things you must get right to make your windows look spectacular.

Part Two

To stop the most common (and expensive) mistakes in dressing your windows you need to consider and understand the 10 points below. Ignore them at your peril!

1. Window orientation.

a. Remember this is dependent on whether you live in the Southern or Northern hemisphere. Where there is high sun exposure such as in Perth Western Australia where the sun is orientated to the west then several window treatments should be considered to save flooring and furnishings from fading.

Window tinting with a good ultraviolet protection should be considered as well as a blockout material on blinds or curtains to repel the heat. Shade sails exteriorly would also be a good idea. Shutters are a great alternative particularly if you want to adjust the amount of light entering the room but can be an expensive alternative.

2. Type of room

a. Curtains provide a more luxurious look in a formal area. Blockout blinds or curtains in a bedroom provide darkness in light conditions. Luxurious materials provide darkness and sound absorption as well as authenticity in a theatre room. Consider water and steam in a bathroom when choosing for this area.

3. Privacy

a. If your property faces the street and you want to see out but not have others see in through the day and then not have people see in at night time when the light is on then, a double window treatment is recommended. That is, have a sheer blind or curtain for the day and a blockout blind or curtain at night. A blockout treatment may not be necessary if the room is not a bedroom.


a. A sheer blind or curtain is the perfect solution for this application even no window treatment at all however in these environmentally friendly times remember our windows loose a lot of heat from the home during winter and collect a lot of heat through the window in summer so make sure you take this and any privacy issues into consideration.

5. Environmentally Friendly

a. Pelmets are the best way to prevent heat from escaping at the top of the window if the window treatment is face fixed. If the window treatment is recessed such as a blind or curtain then the recessing prevents the heat escaping from the top of the treatment but not from the sides in the event of using blinds. This can be prevented in the case of roller blinds by using a tracking system for the sides.

6. Style of home

a. Window treatments are simpler now than they used to be and in a lot of cases homes from a particular period can take more modern styles. Roman blinds look equally as good in a Californian Bungalow as well as in a more modern streamlined home.

7. Type of window

a. In the case of sliding doors consider the entry and exit points. Panel glides work well in this application. You may want to consider shutters for arched windows or if choosing curtains take the curtain rod above the arch. Remember good curtains emphasize the vertical.

8. Budget

a. For the budget conscious, roller blinds, vertical blinds and horizontal blinds can provide a less expensive option. Roman blinds, double blinds such as a sheer roller with a blockout roller and curtains can tend to be more expensive but this is also dependent on the fabric chosen.

9. Ease of care

a. Roller blinds can be easily vacuumed. Vertical blinds need every slat dusted and sometimes the cheaper verticals warp over time. Curtains can be washed or dry cleaned but this is again dependent on the fabric chosen. In many cases Roman blinds can be removed easily for washing however this cannot be done if they have wooden slatting.

10. Type of fabric

a. Many blinds are made from man made materials that have a built in ultra violet protection that is good for areas needing protection from the sun. Blockout on blinds or curtains is generally white or cream in colour and while providing sun protection and decreasing heat and light in the home the white or cream can be seen from the outside. Make sure that the weight of the fabric in curtains is not too heavy for its fittings or for pleating if that is the finish that you want.

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Are you thinking about new countertops for  your kitchen ?  Stop by Wayne’s Color Centre and check out this amazing surface product from Dekton.  We have many beautiful samples in our show room to help you make the right choice in styles and colors for your next project.

Dekton has developed an innovative new surface technology, which reflects the metamorphic changes natural stone goes through thanks to the exclusive ‘TSP’ technology. It offers unparalleled functional and aesthetic properties that have become the allies of the best kitchens.

Dekton uses raw materials to create a sophisticated and appropriate material for all cooking styles. Its versatile characteristics make it possible to design countertops for indoors and outdoors, maintaining all the unique advantages of the material.

Stanton Carpet is a  predominantly wool product line that features high quality, designer-driven patterns and styles.

Stanton produces a number of decorative, high-quality, specialty collections including the Pacific Villa & Wiltrex Collections of needlepoint Wiltons and the Atelier collection of decorative patterns in nylons spanning from residential to medium commercial applications.

Stanton continues to set new standards of innovation and design in uniquely decorative carpets such as patterned Wilton’s, wool tufted textures, flat- weaves, wool blends, nylons, synthetic and natural fiber products with patterns produced exclusively for Stanton.

Stop by Wayne’s color Center in Coos Bay Oregon and see all of the beautiful and unique colors, patterns and styles of Stanton Carpet.

It can be challenging – even confusing – to find the right material for your countertops which are the hardest-working surfaces in your kitchen. Also, there are considerations you should address before choosing a countertop based on looks alone. A countertop should be durable, scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, water-resistant, stain-resistant, easy to clean, as well as attractive. This brief guide reviews five material categories selected for their perfect combination of practicality and beauty. There are many material options – natural, manufactured or engineered – to go on counters which can be installed as a solid surface or applied to a backing like a veneer.

Your material of choice can impact the kind of sink you want, whether it is integrated, drop-in or under-mount, An integrated sink will only work with stainless steel or solid-surface materials, like Corian. A drop-in sink is the most versatile and can be used with any type of countertop material, and an under-mount sink also works with any material except for wood.

Also consider textures and edges as your material choice will impact these as well. You will want to investigate all the edge styles for your choice and check the sharpness and thickness of the profile.

A combination of two materials can be a solution when you are considering tasks that will be performed on that countertop. While you may choose granite or ceramic for the majority of countertops, you may want a section of wood for chopping, cutting and slicing, or marble for rolling out pastry and candy making. The combination of two materials can be worked into the design and provide the best solution, where one type of material is for a work area, and another for clean-up or eating. In fact, countertops affect the look and feel of the whole kitchen and can make a dramatic design statement.

1. Stone: Granite, Marble and Limestone

Granite, marble and limestone may be the most expensive choice but they are the top choice for beauty and practicality. They will last forever with proper care. Granite is the leading choice within this category. The stone can be installed as a solid surface but a more reasonable installation can be made as granite or limestone tiles with tight grout lines.

Granite exudes elegance in a kitchen and as the use of it becomes more widespread, prices have come down. Stone upgrades even the most modest kitchen. It holds up to heat and comes in a range of colors. It is substantial and will last a lifetime. It can have a mat finish as “honed” or a shiny polished finish. New sealers are almost maintenance-free but granite can require some periodic sealing and some stones, particularly marble, can absorb stains despite being properly sealed. Granite has the second highest hardness rating after diamonds but any stone can crack if it is stressed in transport or installed improperly. Stone offers a high value to home buyers and, particularly, granite kitchen countertops are elegant and timeless.

2. Quartz- and Acrylic-Based: Engineered Stone and “Solid Surface”

Countertops made of engineered stone are composed of 93% quartz particles. Engineered stone offers a wider range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. Engineered stone is not as popular as granite and is often confused for granite but the regular consistency of the patterning gives it away as being man-made. In fact, engineered stone has all the benefits of granite but is easier to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. It is more expensive than granite or stone. Engineered stone brands include Silestone, DuPont Zodiaq, LG Viatera and Cambria Quartz.

Similar to the quartz-based engineered stone countertops are the seamless, manufactured acrylic-based ones that are called “Solid Surface” counters. While they also offer a wide assortment of colors, patterns and finishes, they don’t have the natural look of stone. They do resist stains, moisture, sunlight and heat, and inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. However, they are vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface. Solid Surface countertops are custom-made and their acrylic material can be formed to include an integrated sink with seamless installation. Brands of Solid Surface countertops include Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.

The term “Solid Surface” for this acrylic-based material category is confusing, These countertops are so-named because they are just what they’re called, “solid.” However, they are solid and custom-made, manufactured, seamless countertops as are the quartz-based engineered stone countertops. In addition, the term is doubly confusing since stone countertops (granite, marble, limestone) and wood (butcherblock) are also seamless, “solid” countertops, as opposed to veneer-like countertops as laminate or tile.

3. Tile: Ceramic, Aluminum and Copper

While ceramic tile seems old-fashioned as a countertop material, it has many pluses. It is durable, inexpensive and easy to clean. Ceramic tile counters are usually installed one section at a time and most people can easily work with the materials. Ceramic finishes are excellent because they take hot pans, are easy to clean and are available in a number of different textures. The only downsides are that the grout in between the tiles can be difficult to clean, tiles can chip and crack, and the surface can end up uneven. In addition to ceramic tile, tiles also come in aluminum and copper for some great new looks, whether in brushed or smooth textures. Also, tiles can be set in various sizes and patterns, as squares, subway block and angled as diamonds. Back splashes can have unique designs and capping tiles.

4. Stainless Steel

To give your kitchen the look of a serious chef at work, or a contemporary industrial design, then stainless steel countertops will work for you. This material is extremely heat-resistant and durable, and it is easy to construct the countertops precisely to your specifications as a seamless surface. While they are easy to clean, on the down side, they can dent and they can be very expensive.

5. Concrete

Contemporary and industrial, concrete countertops offer another option that blends function and chic modern design. These can be constructed and cast right in your kitchen and they can be color-tinted. New treatments reduce the porous character and eliminate cracking. Concrete is heat and scratch resistant, and the look is exotic and unusual, a nice variant on the modern design theme.

In sum, these are kitchen countertop options for every style and every budget. Any of the five material choices for your new or remodeled kitchen will give character and beauty to your hardest-working kitchen surface. Your choice will define your kitchen as the countertop is the focus of every kitchen. These choices have a proven record of durability as well as beauty. While there are other choices, like laminates which scratch, lift up at their edges and look cheap, or butcher block wood surfaces which can be porous, scratched and require much maintenance, only these five categorical choices will boost your home value while they survive scratches, food and water spills to maintain a clean, stylish, decorative appearance.

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