Do you want the durability of tiles but prefer the look of natural wood floors? Look no further than Tiles Direct.
Our wide range of realistic wood effect tiles is the perfect solution to help bring a fresh, natural look into your home that’s practical, stylish and affordable.
Our beautiful faux-wood tiles can be used throughout your home, delivering a stylish and stunning aesthetic you can enjoy for years. From wood effect bathroom tiles to wood effect wall tiles, you’ll find it all here!
Are you wondering what the benefits of wood effect tiles are over real wood floors? We’ve got you.
With natural wood tones creating a cosy and warm effect throughout your home, it’s easy to see why wooden flooring is such a popular choice. That being said, real wood requires plenty of maintenance. Depending on the type of wood and placement, it often needs special cleaning solutions and varnishing treatments in order to protect it from degradation over time.
Many older properties come blessed with vintage wooden floors that lay hidden under old carpets and can be lovingly restored to give a wonderfully authentic and characterful finish. But it’s not uncommon for many homeowners to be disappointed to discover inferior floorboards or even concrete floors in newer homes when they rip up their carpets.
One go-to option to recreate the wood look is laminate. While laminate wood flooring is a popular option, it doesn’t offer the same durability and hardiness as real wood, as it tends to scratch and dent easily. As a result, this ultimately makes laminate a short-term fix.
Like real wood, laminate also isn’t ideally suited to wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens, meaning you’re limited to where you can install your desired wooden interiors - but it doesn’t have to be this way.
The answer? Wood effect tiles. If you’re not convinced that wood-look tiles are up to the job, here are some of the key advantages they have over real wood alternatives:
Excellent water, scratch and stain resistance: nothing ruins a beautiful wooden floor more than water damage, scratches or stains. Even with vigilant maintenance and sealing, wood is always going to be a soft material prone to damage.
In contrast, our wood effect tiles combine the appearance of natural wood with the durability of modern tiling options, making them a perfect alternative. This means they’re hard enough to be resistant to water, scratches and dents - in short, our wood effect tiles offer the best of both worlds.
Outstanding durability: updating your home interiors can be costly, so you want to make sure those updates are designed to last. With wood, you’ll inevitably get worn spots in high-traffic areas, but wood effect tiles come with a hard-wearing finish that will last for years to come. This makes them ideal for use in kitchens and any other high-footfall areas of the house like hallways and porches.
Ultra-realistic finishes: wood is so appealing for its natural grains, but as a porous material, this can limit its use in wet areas such as bathrooms. But with ultra-realistic finishes like those on our wood effect bathroom tiles, you’ll have the opportunity to incorporate natural textures and beauty into your bathroom. This is something that would be impossible with natural wood floors, which are susceptible to water damage.
Whether you have grand ideas of a distressed wood-clad bathroom for a homely, rustic feel or a highly polished finish that lends a luxurious touch, hard-wearing wood-look tiles make this possible.
Incredibly cost-effective: don’t be fooled into thinking wood effect tiles are a lowly substitute for the real thing. On the contrary, thanks to their uniquely printed design and textured finish, you’ll struggle to distinguish our wood-look tiles from the real thing. Their durable properties make them far superior to wood or laminate when it comes to longevity and maintenance, while their pocket-friendly prices mean they’re an affordable way to invest wisely for long-lasting home updates.
Sustainable properties: for anyone with an eye on their environmental responsibilities (a consideration we should all have in this day and age), you’ll be pleased to know that opting for wood effect tiles in your home will also go towards upping your home’s eco-credentials.
Ceramic and porcelain wood effect tiles offer a sustainable flooring option. They’re incredibly durable, but also they’re made from natural clay which doesn’t drain on precious natural resources.
Low maintenance: we’ve already touched on the upkeep required with real wood floors, but with wood-look tiles you can forget about regular sanding, sealing and special cleaning solutions. The hard, glazed surface of faux-wood tiles is impenetrable to odours and chemicals, so they can be easily cleaned with just soap and water. This means you can keep your wood effect tiles clean with no need for any harsh cleaning products that have the potential to be harmful to the planet.
With plenty of compelling reasons to choose wood effect tiles over real wood, you can dive into our full range now to discover the diverse range of styles, colours and sizes we have in our collection to bring your home makeover visions to life.
As one of the UK’s leading online tile retailers, we’ve spent years building strong relationships with quality suppliers across Europe to source premium tiles at great prices.
All our tiles are made to the highest quality and, within our wood effect tiles range, you’ll find an extensive selection to suit your personal style and practical needs. This includes ceramic and porcelain wood effect tiles, as well as a variety of finish options suitable for floors and walls.
Whether you want understated matt tiles or something with a polished sheen - not to mention aged, painted and distressed wood looks - we have you covered.
Let’s take a closer look at the different wood effect tile finishes we have available:
Don’t be fooled into thinking our wood effect tiles only offer one colour. Right here you’ll find wood look tiles in an array of different shades, including:
Find your dream wood finish when you shop for wood effect floor and wall tiles at Tiles Direct.
As our wide range of tiles expertly mimics a huge range of timber and wood stains, you’ll find endless styling possibilities, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Whether you want to pull off a rustic-chic look, a raw industrial approach or a classic country style, our wood effect tiles can be adapted to suit any interior design style you please.
Just some of the beautiful wood finishes you can expect to find within our wood effect tiles range include:
With each wood having its own unique colouring and detailing, these wood effect tiles have been expertly replicated to produce a super realistic alternative to hardwood floors.
You won’t be disappointed with the tile sizes and shapes we have on offer, either. We have plenty of dimensions to choose from, with tiles that replicate large, singular floorboards as well as designs that feature tiles with an eclectic patchwork with a distressed finish.
In terms of shapes, some of our top-selling wood-look tiles include:
Unlike real wood, with wood effect tiles you now have the chance to style out any room you like. From living rooms and hallways to kitchens and bathrooms, with wood effect tiles, each and every room in the house can be blessed with the beauty and natural charm of wooden interiors.
Do you need a little inspiration on which faux wood to use and where? Well, don’t fret. Below you’ll find some timeless styling ideas to get your imagination and creativity flowing in no time when it comes to using wood effect floor and wall tiles:
Whatever room you’re looking to update and whatever your decor theme, with Tiles Direct, you’re sure to find stunning and practical wood effect tiles that fit the bill.
With any tiling project, we’d always recommend drafting in professional tilers to make sure you’re left with the perfect end result. However, if you love nothing more than taking on a DIY project and feel up to doing it yourself, we’ve put together some helpful pointers to get you started with installing your own wood effect floor and wall tiles:
Measure the area: with any DIY project, it’s essential to do your homework before getting stuck in - job number 1 is to measure the area. Getting accurate measurements is key to ensuring you order enough tiles, adhesive and grout and aren’t left short halfway through the job. Whether you’re using wood-look tiles on the floors or walls, measure the areas at least twice to get precise calculations.
If your area isn’t a uniform size, multiply the longest measurements for both the width and length to calculate how many square metres you’re working with. Before you order your wood effect tiles, you should add 10% to your total square metre measurements to allow for tile cuts and breakages. You’ll find a handy online calculator for this on all our tile product pages.
Get the area ready: in order to make your life easier and get a flat surface, you’ll need to carry out some preparation before you fix down your tiles. Your surface (also called a substrate in the trade) needs to be clean and level.
For walls, this will mean removing any bumps or obstructions like fixed shelves or light fittings before you tile, as well as sanding down any protruding bumps. If the surface is still very uneven, you may want to consider attaching plasterboard or aquaboard in kitchens and bathrooms. For floors, remove all furniture and sweep the area clean. Using a spirit level, check the surface is flat and apply a self-leveling screed if necessary.
Create a design mockup: the final part of your pre-tiling prep is to configure your wood effect tile layout and pattern. Doing this before you start sticking them down will mean you can calculate the number of tile cuts ahead of time and play around with your design to get the perfect layout.
Fix down your tiles: with your design finalised and surfaces ready, you can begin laying down the tiles. First, you should mark out the centre point of the room by where you’ll lay the first tile. From here you should work logically out to each edge and corner, being sure to tile the exit area last. It’s also worth noting that it’s recommended to lay long, thin wood effect tiles in a staggered design. Instead of laying them in a 50:50 ratio, however, look to lay the edge of the tile off-centre with a 30:70 ratio. This will stagger the joints and help counteract the natural bow that can occur with this type of tile.
To affix them to the surface, first apply a small amount of adhesive using a notched trowel. Then gently press the tile into the adhesive and repeat this process, using tile spacers along the tile gaps to keep your lines straight and even.
Use grout for the final seal: when your tile adhesive is fully dry (allow at least 24 hours for this) you’re ready to give your beautiful faux-wood tiles the final finish by applying grout to seal the joints. This should be done with a special grout float that allows you to wipe the solution over the tile gaps and press it in, preventing any voids that can allow moisture and dirt to get in behind the tiles. Once the grout has dried (typically 3 hours), use a dual-purpose sponge and clean water to wipe away the grout residue and leave your tiles sparkling!
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With wood effect tiles available in a variety of colours, sizes and finishes to suit any home, you needn’t look further than Tiles Direct. Better yet, all of our products are price matched - so if you happen to find our tiles cheaper elsewhere, we’ll not only match that price but beat it.
We pride ourselves not only on the variety we offer but also on the quality of each and every one of our tiles. We’ve taken the time to carefully select tile suppliers that match our values to ensure you’re buying products you can rely on now and for years to come.
To start making your dream home updates a reality, why not order a tile sample today for just 99p? That way, you can see the realistic and durable wood finish for yourself and start planning all the different elements involved to create a beautifully unified finish. Once you’re happy with your choice of wood effect tile, simply place your order online. We’ll even give you free delivery on orders over £499.
Our experienced sales team is always on hand to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing tiles for your home. So, if you’d like any additional information on our fantastic range of wood effect floor tiles or any other products we offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.