If you love the look of hardwood but don’t want to deal with maintenance, consider installing wood ceramic tile. It is highly durable, scratch and moisture resistant.
Best of all, different high-end brands make products that masterfully recreate almost any wood species from domestic to exotic. Even distressed and reclaimed wood grain ceramic tile is available!
These will look stunning as a kitchen floor tile, particularly in more traditional or rustic spaces. Also, its ideal as a bathroom or a shower floor tile, where a real hardwood would not be recommended.
If you are worried about porcelain tile being cold to the touch, you can add radiant floor heating under, and it will feel even more pleasant than real wood!
If luxury and incredible durability are your top priorities, stone floor tile is second to none. Marble, granite and travertine can elevate the look of any room of your house. Because no two stones are exactly alike, you get a naturally beautiful floor that will look like no other.
Larger tile sizes, at least 12×12, look particularly impressive and help create a uniform seamless look that is ideal for modern interior designs.
Its important to note that unlike other types of tiles, stone needs to be sealed to maintain durability and remain resistant to stains. Unsealed stone may remain porous and therefore susceptible to water infiltration. In worst case scenarios, it may even begin to crumble.
After being initially sealed during the installation process, it will need to be resealed every 5-10 years to maintain optimal looks and quality.
If you have a room that is small and or does not have a lot of natural light, you can improve it by installing light color tile. White, sand, beige, cream, etc are all good choices. Marble or ceramic/porcelain would be a good match for this application.
Larger tiles tend to make a small room appear bigger. You can even install the same material on the walls, which will further enhance the illusion of expanded space. To amplify the affect, and create a seamless flowing surface use a matching grout color. This works particularly well in small or tiny bathrooms.
If you want a very modern, upscale feel in your home, consider concrete tile. It is a highly versatile material that can be used in any room of your house: kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc. Compared to other types of tile, concrete’s biggest advantage is that it can be custom made for your particular application.
You can choose the size, color and texture of concrete, request custom cutouts, embeds, special imprinted patterns, as well as three-dimensional sculptural designs. Thus, your design options are virtually endless.
Moreover, concrete is one of the most durable, and long lasting options. It is highly resistant to foot traffic, staining, moisture. Once installed, you will most likely never have to replace it again!
The only major downside is extreme hardness. Some people may find it uncomfortable to the touch when walking with bare feet. Also, small children or elderly individuals would get hurt, if slipping and falling.