Builder's Corner: Is that a Wood Floor in Your Bathroom?

2013-11-23T10:15:00Z Builder's Corner: Is that a Wood Floor in Your Bathroom?Michelle Krueger Times Correspondent
November 23, 2013 10:15 am  • 

If you love the look of hardwood but would prefer something a bit more durable, check out the latest wood-grain tile looks.

It may surprise you to know that Americans bought 2.19 billion square feet of tile last year. One of the big reasons is the fact that technologies like digital imaging and ink-jet printing are transforming less-expensive tiles like porcelain and ceramic, giving them the looks of marble, granite, agate, malachite, terrazzo, limestone and wood.

Needless to say, tile is big, and the wood-grain looks are super hot right now.

Lauded by many because it’s cheaper, easier to maintain, looks just like wood and will stand up to high traffic, water, stains and termites better than wood or other wood-look options, the look has been gaining momentum for a while.

As a result, there are more styles and sizes to choose than ever before. While long, narrow planks kicked off the trend, many more options are now widely available.

You can explore options such as traditional hardwood or rich and refined looks in tile, mixed wood-look tiles, instant aging, driftwood, weathered painted planks, industrial wood and wood-look tile applications from wall-to-wall-to-ceiling, all with great variations in plank size.

Some of the tiles look so much like wood – from a beautiful natural wood-look herringbone pattern to reclaimed wood from a well-weathered barn - you actually need to touch them to find out they are ceramic or porcelain.

One tip that many designers offer DIYers is to choose a grout that matches the tile color as closely as possible, so that it looks like a space between the pieces of wood.

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