In the last few decades the popularity of wood effect flooring, has shot up. Especially versatile, it can produce both sleek and modern, or rustic and traditional finishes. Designers often opt to use wood effect on its own, but are also able to add extra dimensions to rooms through the use of rugs and other floor covers that add splashes of colour or extra style to a backdrop of wood effect flooring.
More recently, wood effect floor tiles, have become a popular option in the home. Due to high-grade printing techniques their finish is rich in colour but brings with it an extra texture that’s not found on most plastic laminate or vinyl flooring. What’s more, the added durability of using a porcelain or ceramic tile means that there are a whole range of practical reasons to choose wood effect tiles over the conventional laminate floor.
Today both porcelain and ceramic boast ranges that have a rich traditional wood grain texture to match even real-wood surfaces. Consequently, designers looking for those deep shades of mahogany and oak, or even the lighter pine, are starting to turn to wood effect tiling too, attracted by the authentic look and durable properties that tiling has over other materials.
Not only will a tiled surface not fade and curl up as a carpet would, but, provided they are laid correctly, tiled surfaces rarely suffer the same water damage that real-wood or laminate floors suffer when exposed to water. What’s more with economic considerations at the forefront of many peoples’ minds, tiled floors offer something of a budget-friendly option; prices start at around 14.00 per square metre, and tiled surfaces also tend to last far longer than vinyl, laminate or carpet options.
Generally speaking, versatile style ranges coupled with an added practicality has meant that wood effect tiles are now a popular option for use throughout the home; from the kitchen to the hallway, the living room to the bathroom, the bedroom and outside. So, why not get with the trends and give this new trend in tiling a go?