Have you ventured into a tile store and check out the wood tile look recently? Oh. My. Goodness! These things have come a long way in recent years!Some of these tiles appear to be the real deal. Gone are the days where the wood tile was clearly a picture on porcelain. Oh, and the prices have plummeted also! Seriously, it’s a double score!
We are in the planning stage of finishing my husbands office. The poor guys ‘office’ is in the
dungeon basement. He’s been working down there for four years now! Well, sometimes we let him come up for dinner 😉
The jumping off point for this room is the flooring. Oh, and just to be clear, when I say refer to the current ‘room’, it’s not really a room. The basement is framed out and that’s all. So other than 2×4’s walls that simply outline where future rooms go, the current state is just one step above the ages when our boys would tape together a bunch of cardboard boxes and call it a ‘train’. And who’s fooling who, at least, cardboard provides a solid wall! It’s all in the minds eye at this point!
Back to wood tile…when picking out this type of flooring I’ve learned a few things.
Tips When Shopping for Wood Tile
- Edging: Look for rectified edges. All this means is the edges of the tile are finely angled. It allows for a much tighter grout line. This type of edge also reduces the chance of a chipped edge or uneven tiles that may cause tripping.
2. Spacing: Then the issue of spacing comes up know the look you want. My take on installing wood tile is you’re trying to mimic wood flooring. Therefore, the grout lines should be small. Large enough to get grout in there but small enough to not be noticeable.
3. Grout: Go with the darkest shade on the wood tile. This can be tricking due to color variations but there is typically one fairly consistent dark tone you can match up with. Look at real wood floors. The grooves between the planks are always slightly darker than the wood itself. To me, small darker grout lines will provide an overall superior look.
Reasons to Opt for Wood Tile
There are a number of reasons to choose a wood tile. Really, it’s a wood replica but those are the little details! The biggest selling feature for us is durability. Other than sealing the tile, every few years, overall care is super easy. It doesn’t scratch so we don’t need to worry about the dog or damage if a tool is dropped. I also won’t freak out when my husband tracks dirt in from his work boots . Hey, just being honest here and it’s the nature of the trade. Another bonus: if a tile should crack, it is easily replaced, unlike engineered flooring where many planks are coming up to fix one.
We’re going to go for a slightly worn or rustic looking tile with warm gray and brown tones. It will keep his home office feeling warm and also, hide any dirt or other imperfections.
There are SO many great options when it comes to picking out wood tile. Finding the best tile might be challenging to narrow down. It won’t be challenging due to lack of options. In fact, it will be quite the opposite. The options are so plentiful and beautiful I’ll have to work hard to avoid analysis paralysis. We’ll have to make a decision soon so that means a lot of time on Pinterest!
So my question to you is this: have any of you installed wood tile in your homes? If so, what is your take on the process? Love it, hate it, did you DIY it? Fill me in, please!