Will the Wood-Look Tile Trend Stick?
The ice cream cone started showing up in the U.S. in the late 19th century and took the world by storm after the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Ice cream in a waffle-cup? Some thought it was a passing fad. More than 100 years later, you can barely imagine a time without the ice cream cone.
Some other trends weren’t so lucky. Remember the wood paneling, shag carpet, and avocado-colored appliances from days of yore? The memory is probably more vivid than you’d like to admit. These were the "must have" designs of their era but now they are nothing more than dated décor you'd like to forget.
That said you might worry about the longevity of trends of today - especially in home design. Home improvements like installing tile are a big investment and you want them to perform functionally and look great for many years. How can you be sure that wood-look tile is a trend you can trust?
If you grew up in a home with wood floors, you'll remember the warmth and comfort that surrounded you. You may also remember your mother pestering you to stop driving your toy cars and trucks on them so they wouldn't get scratched. Or she may have constantly reminded you to clean up your spills thoroughly before the wood could warp or swell. You might also remember that little Jane’s mother never griped at her - it wasn't because her mom was nicer; it was because their floors were porcelain.
Wood floors have been around for centuries and they are more popular than ever so you can rest assured that the look of wood is evergreen. As for tile that looks like wood, technology ensures we can produce a tile that looks so similar to wood you have to look very closely before you can tell the difference. Combine that with the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile and you have a winning combination for a floor that will last long into the future.
Here at Daltile, we're sure that wood-look tile is here to stay. We already offer 10 wood-look lines and have added two more in response to demand. And one of these two new lines addresses the latest in wood flooring trends: reclaimed wood.
Reclaimed wood is material salvaged from old, wooden buildings like barns, school houses, churches, and old homes.
These buildings were made from trees that were much older than the trees we use today for wood flooring. The result is that reclaimed wood has a rich tone, charm, and vintage-look that is rare and expensive.
Our new reclaimed wood-look tiles recapture this centuries-old character in a more cost-effective and durable way.
Reclaimed Wood-Look Tile: Yorkwood Manor™
This spring, we introduced Yorkwood Manor—our second distressed wood-look tile. It comes in the ever-popular 6 x 36 inch plank size that replicates the wider plank of New England's historic homes and barns. It is a glazed porcelain and comes in three colors: Birchtree, Pecan, and Deep Walnut.
The look elegantly recreates the authenticity of reclaimed wood with cracked paint and water stain detailing. It's full of the character and charm only reclaimed wood can deliver.
However, if you're more into traditional wood look tile, the latest addition to Daltile's lineup will make you fall in love all over again.
Traditional Wood-Look Tile: Saddle Brook™
Another new addition to the lineup, Saddle Brook, is a traditional hardwood-look glazed porcelain. It is one of the most natural looking wood-inspired tiles available and has all the durability of porcelain. It comes in a 6 x 36 plank and four colors: Oak Trail, Farmhouse, Walnut Creek, and Gravel Road.
So will the trend last? Real estate and design experts agree that this trend will endure through the ages. Check out all our new products for long lasting looks and trusted durability.
These two new products have enough range that you can pair them up with other materials or feature them alone and get a dazzling effect either way. Create your own oasis of organic styling with tile that doesn’t just reproduce nature but translates it into an engaging, imaginative environment.