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Wood floors have been around for centuries and they are more popular than ever, so you can rest easily that the look of wood is evergreen! The first wood effect tiles were released around ten years ago but they looked very dull and lifeless but thankfully, designs have come a long way in the recent years. It was the digital printing system that first gave wood look tile its push into the marketplace and those same technologies continue to push the product forward. With new digital inkjet technology available, the always popular look of wood and stone are being recreated with limitless possibilities.

This means they look just like real timber with variations from plank to plank, incorporating realistic grains and knots. Some planks even have slightly bumpy surfaces as if they have been there for years. Every style is now readily available from dark oak finishes, light pine whitewashes and intricate parquet. With reclaimed wood so on trend, buying wood tiles is a great alternative to searching for the perfect hundred-year-old barn wood and the added bonus is that they are available in dimensions that wood is typically not.

Manufacturers have realised that wood-effect isn’t just a competitor for the wood-flooring market, it now has the ability to stand alone and overtake wood sales. There are endless advantages of choosing wood-effect porcelain, the key ones being, durability and easy maintenance this equals a winning combination for a floor that will last long into the future.

Spacious open plan living areas which flow are a continuously popular design for modern homes. An area of this type demands a practical floor covering which is suitable for the different types of activity and wear in each space, so porcelain wood-effect floor tiles will see a strong ongoing popularity.

Interior trends continue to move towards materials that provide a combination of style and durability, that’s exactly what wood look tiles offerAt Material Plans we are a particular fan of the Visions Collection, which works especially well laid in a herringbone pattern.