Laura Hardaker-Graham, marketing manager at Verona, discusses the best wood-effects to stock, as consumers turn to tiles for a durable alternative to real timber.
Effortlessly stylish, natural wood brings luxury and warmth to living spaces, however, it isn’t always the most practical option in wet areas, which is why wood-effect tiles have become the go-to option in busy family homes looking for the same aesthetic but with practical benefits.
Made from porcelain or ceramic, wood-effect wall and floor tiles combine the look and feel of real timber with the benefits of a tile. Hard wearing, durable and waterproof, these tiles reportedly require no special sealing or maintenance, meaning they work well in wet, warm environments like the kitchen and bathroom where natural timber would risk getting damaged and warped. Another benefit is that they are a good conductor of heat, making them suitable for use with underfloor heating.
Those who enjoy the beauty of wood-effects in the home can now extend them outdoors thanks to durable 20mm porcelain outdoor tiles. Elongated planks can be used to add interest to the garden by creating an extended patio area or walled yard, and with coordinating 10mm indoor tiles available, it’s now easier to lay the same design inside to out, a particularly suitable look for modern houses with bifold doors.
While grey wood-effect tiles are still holding strong and should continue to form a key part of any retail product offering, designs which exude warmth and comfort are quickly becoming favourable too.
Interiors have shifted from sharp, monochrome colours to schemes with a more natural, inviting feel. Light wood-effects such as oak and birch are being used to open up even the smallest of spaces. Combined with Scandi-inspired décor such as simple, stripped back furnishings, rattan chairs, heavy textured throws and lush botanicals, these wood-effects can be used to create a wonderfully relaxing space.
Increasing demand for more realistic timber designs means reclaimed wood-effect tiles are highly sought after. We are seeing more intricate woodgrain finishes achieved through high-definition printing techniques, made all the more interesting through distressed, weathered features which give the tile an antiquated look.
Guaranteed to continue inspiring homeowners for years to come, herringbone and parquet designs are always in demand. While most planks can be laid piece by piece to achieve this effect, an obvious choice for homeowners and tilers alike are square and rectangle tiles which have a parquet design printed on them, providing a simpler way to achieve the look all while ensuring the pattern remains consistent. There are a host of options to choose from, from light and mid tones through to dark woodgrains, which can cater for all tastes as this trend continues.