Design Trend: Wood Tile
The wood tile trend has been gaining momentum for several years, and now there are more styles and sizes to choose from than ever. First introduced as a modern take on hardwood floors, this trend has inspired all sorts of new ideas and installations — wide to long narrow planks, as well as different colors, patinas and finishes… from modern to rustic to traditional in styling.
The selections are limitless…wood tile now ranges from dark stained walnut to well-weathered and aged. With reclaimed wood so on trend, buying wood tile is an alternative to searching for the perfect hundred-year-old barn wood, and tiles are available in dimensions that wood is typically not. Rare wide planks that are hard to find in real wood are easy to find in tile, and different widths and lengths can be mixed and matched. Wood tile is a perfect combination of wood and tile, offering not only good looks, but functional benefits. You can use this versatile flooring material anywhere, whether it be indoors or outdoors.
Other highlights to keep in mind …
Cost effectiveness: Wood look tile provides a great looking solution that can keep the budget in check.
Practicality: Because you are dealing with tile, you don’t have to worry about wear-and-tear you might see with real wood in a high-traffic area or moisture problems in a kitchen or bathroom.
Maintenance: Compared to hardwood floors that require refinishing, resealing or restaining on a regular basis, wood tile is almost maintenance free. Because wood tile is actually ceramic or porcelain tile, you just need to take care of it with some basic tile cleaners.
All images: Wood Porcelain tile available through Decorative Materials International Ltd.