December 16, 2021
With such a wide selection of wood-look floor tiles, it can be a little confusing to find the right one for your décor. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive buying guide to help you choose the most suitable wood effect floor tiles. We provide information on looks, performance and recommendations to customise your spaces with the chosen tile.
Contrary to popular wisdom, Mother Nature can be improved upon. When it comes to flooring, this is especially true of timber floors. Natural wood has its downsides, but timber-look floor tiles offer the authentic look and texture of wood without the associated problems. Ceramic and porcelain are the two materials most commonly used to mimic wood and offer significant and distinctive improvements, including the following.
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The main advantages of wood effect tiles over natural wood floors are as follows:
|Wood effect floor tiles||Natural wood flooring|
|#1 They are resistant to moisture.||#1 When exposed, to water, it deforms and buckles.|
|#2 They do not need much maintenance.||#2 It needs to be treated or sealed and require constant care.|
|#3 They are suitable for under-floor heating.||#3 It is not suitable for underfloor heating.|
|#4 They may have anti-slip properties.||#4 It cannot offer the same anti-slip properties.|
Before we buy anything today, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. This is a powerful resource that we should make use of before shelling out our hard-earned money. There are several factors to consider when choosing a wood effect tile for your home. Whether you are installing ceramic wood flooring throughout your home or just in a specific area.
All of these together will help you identify the right floor tile for the right space:
The style of your home décor will influence the choice of colour, size and quality of the timber effect tile. From elegant parquet flooring in the living room to more practical, hard-wearing wood tiles in utility rooms. Rustic kitchens are enhanced with lighter pine colours, while grand living rooms with high ceilings and large windows can look even more dramatic with dark, brooding timber tones. For a cutting edge and fresh modern interior design, grey and washed timber colours lend a contemporary feel.
This style is ideal for highlighting traditional design kitchens, small living rooms, corridors or entrance halls. The distressed look adds character. Not recommended for open plan areas that draw attention to marked variations in colour.
The crisp lines of modern construction, apartments or housing, are perfect for white wood effect floor tiles. Living rooms, open plan kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms acquire greater light and character.
When natural wood is left untreated, it takes on a silver-grey colour over time. The grey timber floor tile look is highly recommended for open plan kitchens and dining rooms. But also for any other area that needs to look nice, function well and be warm.
Continuous flooring is a great option for an open living space for aesthetic reasons. Here, a solid colour tile is used throughout the ground floor. For more subdivided rooms, consider how each area is used individually. All rooms have different demands placed on them:
Wood effect bathroom floor tiles bring warmth and organic quality of timber to a wet area. A warm honey tone or a reddish cherry against the white of the sanitaryware is guaranteed to look stylish.
A border around a small floor area such as the bathroom can add elegant and sophisticated detail.
Wood effect kitchen floor tiles provide peace of mind in one of the home’s most demanding spaces. Even if there’s an accident with the plumbing, no worries, tiles will resist getting wet.
Depending on the cabinets and the overall décor, match the style with the timber colour: grey ash and white pine look modern; light oak and maple reflect the light and look timeless; classic dark woods like walnut provide gravitas.
The timber effect tile can be used to great advantage in long linear spaces, like halls. Laying the planks in herringbone, chevron or parquet patterns can transform these spaces.
Match the colour and tile size to the décor. Wide tile planks will look authentic in large rooms with tall ceilings and large pieces of furniture. Narrower tiles are more suitable for smaller living spaces. The combination of rugs will look great over a timber effect floor tile.
Adapt your home to the changing seasons with rugs that can be taken up in summer and laid over wood effect floor tiles in winter.
See here the step by step instructions on how to install wood effect ceramic floors:
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PAR-KER®, the original PORCELANOSA ceramic parquet provides flooring and cladding solutions for a variety of indoor and outdoor environments.
It's all a matter of technology, high-resolution photography and printing onto the surfaces of ceramics and porcelain. Wood grains used to be repeated in unconvincing ways, but now wood knots and various grain effects are incorporated.
The rule of thumb is always to go one shade lighter than the timber colour. This helps to highlight the tiles rather than distract with the grouting which should always disappear into the background when it comes to timber effect tiles.
No. One of the principal reasons for choosing timber effect floor tiles is their warmth. This is down to the colour, pattern and texture of the tiles. If combined with under-floor heating and or scatter rugs the ‘warming effect’ is even more pronounced.
Timber effect wall tiles can be combined to great effect with timber effect floor tiles. The same tile for instance can become a feature wall in a living room or a headboard in a bedroom. The geometric parquet type wall tile is an example of how the warmth of a floor tile can be combined with a designer feature wall in the same ‘family’ of materials.