Porcelain tile that looks like wood opens up a new world of design possibilities
Wood is beautiful. It’s just a fact.
It’s hard not to be drawn to it’s warm, earthen tones, mesmerizing grain patterns, and the natural feel it creates in a design.
But chances are, you would never think of putting wood panels in a shower, or even a bathroom. Not if you want a look that lasts. After all, even coated and varnished, wood’s porous nature means it will eventually succumb to moisture, making it swell, warp, or stain. The same is true of kitchens, exterior spaces, and even flooring. Wood is high-maintenance, and just not worth the risk for most designers.
But times have changed.
Today, we’re seeing more and more wood looks in design. It’s virtually a renaissance, with wood designs showing up in both interior and exterior designs: wood flooring, wood paneling, wood countertops, and more.
And it’s all due to porcelain.
Modern porcelain manufacturing techniques have been something of a revolution in the world of design, changing the game by emulating the look of virtually any surface, from marble to wallpaper, with a remarkable degree of accuracy and durability. And, of course, this is especially true for wood.
Today, porcelain tile makers are able to indelibly imprint panels with a large number of varied grain patterns, so that repetition is minimized. Depending upon the manufacturer and process, even wood-like textures can be added, completing the illusion to the point where it is difficult to tell that the panels are not really wood.
Not only does this “cure” wood of its greatest drawback, but it has allowed manufacturers to get creative with tones, colors, and patterns as well.
Of course, the design community has responded just as you would expect them to when handed an even bigger “box of crayons.” They are setting their creativity loose and exploring wood like never before.
Here’s a sample of some of the wood look porcelain products we carry.