Back in 2015, wood-look tile started making waves and established itself as a player in kitchen tile design. It makes sense, therefore, that 2016 is seeing this momentum grow as an increasing number of tile manufacturers are perfecting a variety of attractive wood-looks and as a result we are seeing more and more of this trend in home interiors. It isn't hard to understand why this floor tile has spread so rapidly since it is due to the awesome blend of porcelain's versatility and durability with the elegant, natural beauty of wood floors.
Why Choose Wood-Look Kitchen Floors?
The ultimate goal of interior design is to create a unique, memorable expression of personal taste and style. Sometimes, though, practical concerns run up against your preferred tastes. Wooden floors are expensive, harder to install and maintain, and don't work well with water and spills, making them a less than ideal choice for areas like the kitchen. This has created a niche that wood-look porcelain tile has rushed to fill—and done so quite admirably.
A Real Dead Ringer
Wood-look tile's popularity is definitely helped by the fact that it actually does look like wood. Whether you want oak blanks, parquets, whitewash, dark finishes, maple, teak, aged barrel wood, or any other material, a porcelain tile that flawlessly replicates the appearance exists. As a bonus, getting particular designs, styles, and shapes of a wood-look tile is a snap compared to tracking down or creating designs in actual hardwood.
Cost-Effective and Easy
Wood floors have an aura of luxury to them thanks, in no small part, to how costly and tricky they can be to install and maintain. Wood-look tiles capture this style at a fraction of the cost thanks to how affordable and sustainable porcelain has become. Installation is also a snap and can even be done by anyone with a DIY streak, so you don't necessarily have to rely on contractors either.
Practical and Durable
Wood floors are meant to be looked at. Wood-look tiles are meant to be used. Porcelain floor tiles are highly resistant to the wear and tear of foot traffic and are highly moisture-resistant. This makes it an ideal all-weather tile that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, or anywhere else that you wouldn't normally expect to see wood.
Many More Possibilities
With wood floors, your options for appearances are going to be constrained by the nature of the wood itself and the various details that formed as the original tree grew. Being manufactured, porcelain does not have this limitation, and wood-look kitchen tiles can come in any shade or cut you like so you can more easily get the right mix of light and dark, traditional and exotic, or other preferences. The only constraint is your vision.
Getting Wood-Look Tiles at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933, and this is reflected in the large variety of porcelain tiles on offer, as well as tiles of many other types. At any one of our stores across Toronto, the GTA, and beyond, you can expect to find beautiful wood-look tile options from lines such as:
To learn more about wood-look tile, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.