Tile started to become a mainstay in American bathrooms in the 1950s. It was considered a very sanitary product. The two most popular color choices during that time were light pink and green. You can still find many 1950s and ‘60s bathrooms with glazed tiles in those hues lining the walls.
The days of pastel tiles in bathrooms are long gone. Today’s families are gravitating toward a more spa-like aesthetic.
Natural wood gives a beautiful, organic, and unique look to home design. Wood’s natural imperfections and variations in color add interest and visual appeal.
Until recently, homeowners had to choose between aesthetics or functionality when wanting wood in wet or damp locations. Because wood is porous and apt to warp when wet, general guidance was to avoid putting it on floors or walls in bathrooms.
Houzz Photo by Peter Cohan Architect
We were excited when the first faux wood tiles appeared on the market around 2013 but the selection was limited. With new advancements in technology and manufacturing, the industry has boomed in the last few years and you can now get the natural wood look without the hassle of natural wood maintenance.
High quality and great selection mean the sky’s the limit in the application of wood look tile today!
Porcelain tile that looks like wood is resilient, water resistant, and so similar in appearance to the real thing you might be tempted to reach out and touch it to make sure it’s tile! Grout lines and tile rigidity are what give it away on close inspection, but for durability and resistance to moisture, it’s a fantastic option for bathroom floors and shower walls.
Apply Wood Grain Porcelain Tile as Flooring in Your Bathroom
Before you select tile flooring for the bathroom, consider how you typically use the space. Large format tiles with a smooth, shiny finish get slippery when wet. Do you get water on the floor when you step out of the shower or tub? Is the bathroom used by small children? If the answer is “yes” then select tile with a textured finish. There are plenty of slip-resistant wood look tile options.
Hide the Grout
If you want your porcelain tiles to resemble actual wood, speak with your flooring installer about using the smallest possible spacers for thinner grout lines and select a grout color that is closely matched to the tile color.
Get the Look You Like for Less
Real wood is beautiful. But depending upon the species, it is also a high cost flooring material. Digital technology makes it possible to duplicate the look of any kind of wood, including rustic-looking reclaimed wood (minus the worm holes!).
The increasing popularity of wood-look tiles are driving the demand for higher end options. The more expensive product lines of tile come with a greater variety of grain patterns which make them look even more like real wood.
One additional benefit to installing porcelain wood look tiles is the ease of cleaning and maintaining it. No resurfacing, refinishing, waxing, or shining is required. As with any tile, you will periodically need to reseal the grout, but that’s it!
A charming bungalow bathroom in Charlotte’s Historic Dilworth neighborhood uses porcelain tile that looks like wood on the floor.
Shower Wall Application
A classic way to give your bathroom the look and feel of a spa is to apply wood (or wood look tile) to the walls.
Because it’s tile, achieving the natural look of wood on your shower walls is now as easy as installing subway tile. It adds all the visual warmth, but is low maintenance!
Houzz Photo by Jason Brown of Revival Arts
Houzz Photo by Chibi Moku of Mila Design
This new porcelain wood look tile opens up a whole new world of design options for bathrooms for our clients. The large format and fewer grout lines means it’s easy to keep clean. It looks very high end, yet is affordable to install.
Open Your Mind and Bathroom to Wood Porcelain Tiles
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