Considering Wood Tiles

Considering Wood Tiles

My boo and I are going to be putting in a new floor in our kitchen very soon. We've gone over the options and have kicked around the possibility of cork, wood and tile. Each have their pluses and minuses, which is why we're still vacillating and, frankly, why we haven't started the project. Now, to make things even more confusing, we have thrown in the notion of tile that looks like wood. Yup, the floors highlighted in these images are actually tile. 

The first two images are from the Tesoro Collection via South Cypress

The great thing about these floors is because they're porcelain, they're super easy to work with, unlike natural stone which can be a mother for the DIYer. From my cursory investigation, prices hover around the 4 (for ceramic) to 6  (for porcelain) bucks a square foot neighborhood, which means they're affordable as well. 

I think the success of their install has a lot to do with their grout lines. Take for example the one pictured below. That has to be un-sanded grout for such tight grout lines. 


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For comparison, here's a bathroom floor done with standard sanded grout lines, which looks overtly tile-y and busy, but that's what happens when you use a highly contrasting grout color. 

Here's an example of another good install. It's something called Easy Wood from Marca Corona that I spotted on Garden State Tile's Facebook page:

Lest we think these tiles would only look good under our feet, take a look at this (probably ceramic) shower install:

Marble Tiles Home Flooring Wooden Grain Styles

Or this one:

Nice-looking, super durable and easily DIYable? Throw in a heating element and that's a combo hard to dismiss.  

POST UPDATE: We spent yesterday perusing the aisles of our two favorite tile shops looking for samples of such tiles. I'm happy to say they're as gorgeous in person as they are in these pictures. Some things to keep in mind if you're going to DIY it, however. First, they're dense and long (one we saw was a whopping 8" x 48"!), so you'll need a tile saw or grinder to do any cutting. Second, you'll want to grout them using a FINE-SANDED GROUT if you want to keep those grout lines minimal. 




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Anonymous on May 31, 2015:

Need ur advice please does woodlook tile looks nice in bedrooms in comparison of laminated floors ?does it makes bedrooms warm n cozy

DJ on May 04, 2015:

I picked out a nice 6" darker color tile that looks like wood. Tile store called to say its on back order and would be about 5 weeks. However, they have an 8" tile in the same color they have in stock, they'll  give it to me for the same price (was more expensive).  Anyone use the 8" wood like planks? Opinions 8 vs 6?

arlene on Sep 05, 2014:

Thank u im considering putting wood tiles in my kichen and living room and dining room also.  My daughter keeps saying it will look terrible.  I said look at all the mazazines they all are using the wood tile. We also have 3 dogs and grandkids .  I think i will go ahead with it.  I know she will like it when its all done    What is a floating tile Thanks for the post

Diana Fox on Aug 19, 2013:

The use of natural materials and you creative mind, just result into an awesome creativity. The above image shows you the live example of it.

Jennifer on May 08, 2013:

We currently have a very realistic stone look porcelain floor which we have had for over 10 years.  I am in the process of removing carpet from the bedrooms and had found a really nice looking laminate that I am considering.  I grew up with real wood, and so I've been wary of the hollow sound that can accompany the fake stuff.  A neighbor just laid these wood look tiles in their home and they are beautiful.  I took home a plank for consideration but I have a few concerns.  First, the trouble I have had with our tile is that dirt gets stuck in the inkjet pattern and without a professional steamer, I cannot get it out.  I have tried everything.  The other issue is that it is very cold and hard.  The planks our friends are using are also rough feeling on the feet because of the texture of the "wood" grain.  I am not sure if all of these tiles are this way but that would certainly be a deterent.  They are definitly beautiful and look great installed.

DIY Maven on Feb 18, 2013:

Leslie--It's just like installing any ceramic or porcelain tile.

Leslie on Feb 17, 2013:

How hard are they to install yourself? My hubby is pretty talented and does alot of remodeling projects!!!

Nancy Kark on Jan 03, 2013:

Our company makes Wooden Wall tiles check out our rustix woodbrix tile at homedepot.com keyword Rustix Woodbrix. . You dont use grout with our tile it is tongue and groove milled and great as a backsplash.

lisa on Oct 13, 2012:

Can someone please tell me what is the grout color on the darker espresso floors? We can not find anything that even comes close to this. Every grout we see is way too light :(

Anonymous on Jul 14, 2012:

We are considering this all over our first floor.  Our concern is, will this go out of style in a few years?  There are so many trends and after all the work and expense we are planning on having it for a long time.  Thoughts?

Heather Lyn Ackley on Feb 08, 2012:

We just installed "wood" ceramic floors in our bathroom. They aren't cold, they are SO durable, and look amazing. In hindsight, we should have used a darker grout, but it looks good. We bought ours for about $3.00/ft from woodlooktiles.com

Here's a pic of how ours turned out: 


Julie on Feb 04, 2012:

We JUST did this on our fireplace wall. In fact, I haven't even grouted it yet and have been considering which grout to use but this helped a bunch!

ernies1trulove on Jan 31, 2012:

WOW!  What an eye opener this post has been for me.  I love the look of hardwood, but have always disliked how they wear.  We have kids and animials running all over our house and my hubby refuses to take his workboots off at the door.  So this would be a FABULOUS solution for us.  I personally like the herringbone pattern the best.  The bathroom wall tiles were a really neat idea too.  I'd definitely consider this idea for our next bathroom remodel.  It looks so natural and would be incredibly easy to change up the bathroom colors often, as I like to do.  ---I would like to add that I live in upstate NY and many people I work with have chosen to use radiant heat.  I have not heard one complaint about it and have heard many, many times how glad they were to have spent the extra money upfront.  Not only is it a more efficient way to heat, but it feels soooo nice on your bare feet when it's cold outside! 

cindy on Jan 30, 2012:

I looooove the look of the wood tile on the walls. I would avoid it on the floor but after many tile floor projects, I don't want another hard tile floor- they look & clean up well but I have broken so many objects on them- all manner of plates, bowls, glasses & beer bottles in the kitchen and just last week, my favourite xmas present, a handcrafted glass pendant smashed on the bathroom floor- I've had enough of it. Wood kitchen floors in the new house for me.

DesigningMom on Jan 30, 2012:

Oh I think this is an awesome idea Maven. I have a friend in Florida that has them through out their home installed by her hubby. I've not yet seen them in person, but the photos look wonderful.

Seeing the ones you posted in the shower picture makes me long for them in our own home. If we could find them in "maple" in the right woodtone that would match our vanities I'd love to, when we finish other more important projects, redo our shower walls using these tiles. They are absolutely, most definitely, gorgeous!

bruno on Jan 30, 2012:

@zero - thanks for the comment. The spam problem is an ongoing thing for us; we're basically baraged every day with spam (you don't see that much on the site, but that's because we make a huge effort to stop it). Obviously it's no fun if it stops normal people from commenting. If you send me an e-mail (admin@curbly.com) with the gist of what was being rejected, I might be able to improve the filter settings. Thanks!

zero34 on Jan 30, 2012:

my previous house we used a tile that was printed to look like bamboo.. while the "printed" sounds like it'd be low quality, it was a GREAT floor that confused MANY people into thinking it was actually bamboo... truly miss that floor! We did it ourselves, and it was a end of lot for that tile, otherwise i would have stock piled on it knowing we were planning on moving in the long run!


*good god, curbly's spam filters have gotten WAY too sensitive!*

bruno on Jan 30, 2012:

Thanks for the post, Maven! I wasn't even aware wood tiles were an option as a flooring material. I bet they work much better for radiant in floor heat than hardwood (wood's a terrible conductor). 

DIY Maven on Jan 28, 2012:

@Karen, one of my bathrooms has a tiled floor over concrete. It's cold, no doubt about it, but with a rug and slippers it's not really an issue. Of course, I'm not spending huge amounts of time in there not standing on the rug, if you know what I mean. In a kitchen, where a lot of living goes on, it would be a problem. For me anyway. 

karen on Jan 28, 2012:

My husband and I have been considering wood vs. wood tile for our kitchen but want to know if anyone has experience with laying the tile over a concrete slab. Our kitchen was expanded into what was the garage and the lower part of the kitchen is on the concrete slab, which is very cold. We were trying to avoid to extra expense of putting down under floor heating. Does anyone have wood tile over a concrete slab and how cold does it feel? Thanks.

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