Wood-look porcelain tiles are a stylish, practical and sustainable alternative to real timber. Here’s everything you need to know about using the designs at home
Wood-effect porcelain tiles are easy to clean and don’t require sanding or oiling – best of all, they can be installed in exactly the same way as any tiled floor. The substrate must be level and dust-free, with no visible cracks, before the tiles are adhered to the surface or fitted as a floating system. To emulate a realistic wood floor, lay the tiles in either a herringbone, chevron or plank formation. Unlike timber, they don’t need to be sealed. You’ll find shades that are true to every type of wood from beech to wenge, with textured grains and knots that reflect the natural imperfections of the real thing. There are also plenty of surface finishes to choose from, such as weathered, painted or stained. To ensure authenticity, choose a tile that has texture, to mimic not just the look but also the feel of wood underfoot.
Pictured: ‘Dolphin’ porcelain tiles, from £54 per square metre, ABK Ceramiche (abk.it)