Many modern designers and DIYers have recently fallen in love with something truly amazing: ceramic or porcelain wood effect tiles. While they have existed in some capacity for many years now, recent technological advancements, such as inkjet printing, have allowed manufacturers to produce a more unique and realistic wood look to the tiles. Let’s look at some ways you can get the most out of wood effect tiles.
There are many downsides to hardwood floors, including:
- More scratches and blemishes.
- Not resilient against high heels, dog claws, children, and more.
- Requires sanding and refinishing.
- Succeptable to water damage.
It’s no wonder more people want the wood-look tile that doesn’t get completely destroyed by the time it’s replaced.
Great Benefits without the Hassle
There’s nothing more exhausting than trying to find a floor that matches your personality and needs, especially when you have a dozen other things on your mind when doing renovations to your home. Also, you’ll need to find a floor that can adapt to the changes that come with life, such as having children or getting a new pet. That’s where wood effect tiles can help.
While they’re considered very stylish, they’re also:
- Perfect for .
- Usually a cheaper alternative to real wood.
- Able to be manufactured in larger widths, without warping.
- Easier to clean.
Real wood might not be as warm without the underfloor heating that can accompany porcelain and ceramic wood effect tiles. Also, these materials don’t warp in damp climates like wood sometimes does.
New Manufacturing Techniques
In the past, most designers would tell you that wood look-alike tiles weren’t the way to go because they looked very fake, almost like plastic. As we briefly mentioned before, the wood effect tiles of today have been redesigned to have that traditional look of the real thing, the modern ink jet based techniques used at factories allow realistic variation in pattern and texture to give an effect that will blow your mind! Some even have lifelike knots and saw marks within the finish.
The Reclaimed Look
There are some limitations to hardwood floors, especially if you’re looking to do a mix and match setup using reclaimed materials. In fact, you’ll probably find that it’s a tad difficult to find consistent fading on wood that matches the style you’re going for, but with wood effect tiles, you can choose whatever you want. From worn and weathered to rustic and well-aged, you can get the perfect look without the damage that’s resulted in their diminished appearance.
The Parquet Size
Like many classic and modern wood flooring styles, the Parquet is easily craftable with wood effect tiles, but would cost thousands to create from real wood. Often used in the 1920s and onwards, real parquet is a dying art.
The Herringbone Style
In their search for a sheek look that never gets old, designers have opted for this style using wood-look tiles. This layout uses a zig-zag laying pattern to add emphasis to the floor area and can only be used with brick or plank shaped tiles.
This style is great for the rustic, weathered look of authentic driftwood without the potential water damage or wood degradation, making them useable in bathrooms and kitchens.
Vintage Wood Effect
The increasing popularity of vintage designs has given way to some amazing looks that fit perfectly into any modern home. They can even be used or continued onto walls, outside your home, and in wet areas such as a bathroom.
Popular Wood Effect Brands
Named after the area in Italy where it was founded, Ragno has been in business since 1949 and is regarded as one of the most eclectic tile manufacturers in Europe. Since the 1980s, they’ve strived to create tile designs that add a touch of elegance to every room and their wood effect tiles are no exception to the rule.
This Turkish manufacturer has a little over a decade’s worth of experience in the tile industry, but they’ve created an unmatched aesthetic that designers crave. You’ll absolutely love Dura tiles’ selection of porcelain wood-look tiles.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Novogres produces and distributes the majority of their tiles to 59 countries. With the technology they’ve been able to implement over the years, they have managed to create some of the most realistic wood effect tile ranges in the trade.
During the mid 1930s, a man named Peter Marazzi led a tile manufacturer to success. Today, that same company aims to provide some of the trendiest tiles with over 14,500 sales outlets in 130 countries.
Keraben has been manufacturing tiles since the mid 1970s, and their dedication to making the highest quality tiles has never wavered. With a focus on innovation, their company has designed tile ranges that are constantly revised and modified to reflect modern design trends, including their wood effect tiles.
Picking a tile can be a difficult task, especially if you’re trying to match the current colour scheme of your home. If you’re not quite sure about a tile range’s look and feel, it’s often recommended that you order a tile sample before placing a large order to eliminate that buyer’s remorse.
What’s your favourite wood effect tiles look? Where do you think they’d fit in your home? Tell us in the comments!
- By Heather Fowler [Scratched Wood], Creative Commons Licence