Wood-look tiles are a wonderful thing, offering long-lasting surface solutions, and an organic natural look; with technologically-advanced performance as a bonus. We’ve seen plenty of them about, with designs focusing on wood type, knots, shades, 3D reliefs, aged looks, and painted effects. They are a great alternative to hard wood or laminate flooring, but the floor isn’t the only place for a wood-look tile.
In some spaces real natural wood just isn’t an option, most commonly due to high moisture levels. However, porcelain tiles offer a very versatile alternative. They can, for instance, help create a log cabin inspired bathroom interior with walls fully covered in highly authentic wood-look tiles. From the soft Nordic Oak and Alpine Birch, to the multi-hued Alberta Brown (shown above) and Woodcraft Musk, a huge variety of looks can be achieved, warming up an interior by hugging its walls.
For large spaces a brightness can be found in Amsterdam Almond, Timber Grey, or Driftwood Ice. Whether they are put to work as a feature wall, or as a full interior style, pale hues and varied knots have an undeniable elegance and nautical feel. Conversely, the richness from dark wood-looks - such as Madison Cherry, Forest Wenge, and Orchard Walnut - provides a modern take on traditional timber panelling.
Classic planks are not the only format suitable for the walls. A whole gamut of interesting visuals can be achieved with the help of chevron style, inlaid designs, and shabby chic worn paint options.
These dramatic looks can be utilised on half-walls, as skirting, features, shelving, or even as a form of cornice. They can also offer a great framing for an open fire or solid fuel stove. Traditional planks would also work exceptionally well to add a subtle décor detail in a niche or behind bookcases.
Wood-look tiles’ scratch resistance, hardwearing and easy-to-clean nature means they are the perfect material for skirting boards; whilst their natural appearance means they work effortlessly well with most interior styles. Tiles are also less likely to attract dust and pollen, making life a little easier for those who suffer with allergies.