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Faux Wood Flooring: How to Choose and Use This Smart Tile Product

Faux wood flooring, namely tile planks inspired by natural wood grains and tones, is a desirable commodity in interior design today. It can be used anywhere that hardwood or laminate can be used, including the bedroom, living room, and dining room, and a few areas where these materials are not appropriate for use, such as the kitchen, bathroom, and entryway.

This smart, durable product isn't just used on the floor. Read on to find out where else you can use it, and tips on how to choose a plank size and natural-looking hue that will suit your home.

Choosing the Right Color

When it comes to porcelain or ceramic faux wood flooring, you'll find a generous assortment of color and pattern options. But that may leave you wondering which option will look best in your home. For a new build, you have the luxury of compiling a whole new design, but with an update or remodel project, you have to carefully consider the existing materials, colors, and style you're working around.

If the room has dark walnut or rich redwood cabinetry, for example, consider tempering its natural warmth with a cool-toned product, such as the Orchard Grey option in the Season Wood collection. On the other hand, if you're looking for a flooring color to pair with pale pine or white cabinets, opt for a rich floor material to anchor the space and offer contrast. For instance, Forest Park's Timberland and Blackwood tile are pleasing contemporary options.

Picking a Plank Width

The size of your faux wood flooring is equally as important as its color and style. If the planks are too narrow for the room, they will create visual noise or make the space appear busy because the abundant lines or seams between them create an overly stripy effect. A wide plank presents fewer seams than a narrow one, and typically nods to more contemporary design.

Ultimately, the room's size should determine the flooring material's size; the bigger the room, the wider the floor tile. A 12-inch-wide or large-format plank best suits a large room or open-concept home, for example, while 6-inch planks often work best in bathrooms, in dens, or throughout historic homes with numerous small rooms. Another option is to mix plank widths for a random effect that's attractively casual in any space—whether it's contemporary or rustic.

Choosing a Pattern

Who says offset planks have to run in straight rows? With faux wood tiles, it can be advantageous or even methodical to change up or vary the design. For instance, why not install the planks in a herringbone or corridor pattern? Employing a diagonal layout is a clever way to downplay walls that aren't square. Installing planks on the bias stretches their runs, which helps to elongate a room's span, and straight runs can make a room seem longer than it is.

Keep in mind that floor planks don't have to run in the same direction or even the same pattern throughout the home; in fact, by installing them in a way that suits each room, you can create an interesting, unique look—just don't get carried away or you could end up with a jumbled effect.

Using It Outside

With some wood-look tile options, you can enjoy the rich look of earthy wood as a pool decking or lining. This look provides a great focal point for any modern, organic yard. For example, the Veranda Tones collection comes in a variety of shades and can add a special touch to any pool area. By opting for such a versatile, durable medium, this material will provide years of timeless beauty.

Wood-look tile is a great material that many homeowners are taking advantage of. If you decide to incorporate it into your home, use these tips and tricks to choose the perfect option. By going with the right size, color, and pattern, you'll be able to create an element that you—and your guests—can enjoy for years to come.

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