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Wood vs. Porcelain Tile

July 12, 2016

Are you in love with the look of solid wood flooring for your home but think it may be out of your budget?

It’s time to re-think porcelain tile because it’s come a long way, baby!

Porcelain Tile as Wood Tile BarPsssst…..this isn’t wood

Let’s face it, wood is fantastic.  It’s classic.  You can dress it up or down, and it’s always in style.
But now we have other options.
And we like options!

Now you can get all the look of wood for a fraction of the cost.
We’ve been incredibly impressed with the appearance, endurance and price point of porcelain tile over the years
and as the technology keeps getting better and better (you look maaaahvelous!)
it’s now a strong contender as a wood alternative on floors and walls.

Below are some photos of some of our projects using wood and porcelain tile.
See if you can tell the difference.

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR DESIGN FARMHOUSE LOFT WOOD FLOOR(Wood)

This project had real wood flooring throughout.
But what about the bathroom?  Don’t you worry about spills or floods?
Nope.

Porcelain tiles are perfect in wet/dry or indoor/outdoor areas.
Bathrooms and Laundry rooms are ideal, and they’re ideal for spaces that have radiant heating.

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR DESIGN FARMHOUSE LOFT WOOD LIKE TILE FLOOR

(Porcelain Tile)

Porcelain tile is stain and fade resistant and extremely durable – almost twice as hard as wood and stronger than ceramic tile.
The wood look matches the grain and distress of natural wood.

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR DESIGN VILLA DEL SUR WOOD FLOOR

(Wood)

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(Tile)

Try it on the walls and give your bathroom a laid back, casual style.

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR DESIGN BATHROOM PORCELAIN TILE WALL

(Porcelain Tile Walls)

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR DESIGN SOCAL CONTRACTOR PORCELAIN TILE SHOWER

(Porcelain Tile Walls)

Check out this herringbone layout we used in a lounge / pool side cabana.

LORI DENNIS INTERIOR CLUB WOOD LIKE TILE FLOOR

(Porcelain Tile)

There aren’t many downsides to using porcelain tile instead of solid wood.  Just make sure you use a qualified tile installer and you’re set!