Looks Like Luxury: Imitate Any Material with... Tile

When you’re in the market for new flooring, you weigh a lot of considerations before deciding on a material. You may end up eliminating marble because of its cost, or hardwood because of maintenance. But did you know you can get the look of both marble and hardwood in tile? And that's not all. The natural looks of brick, stone, and reclaimed wood can now be had at a more affordable price—from tile manufacturers. New technologies are making faux finishes on tile more realistic-looking than ever. And tile is a very attainable DIY project for most homeowners, furthering its cost savings. Before you choose your next floor, take a look at the great tile options that are hitting showrooms—and living rooms—near you.

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  1. Hardwood


    The hardwood flooring trend is in full swing throughout the house, even in high-moisture spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. But wood isn't always a practical choice for these areas. Tile that imitates the look of rich wood grain, however, provides the warm appearance of hardwood and holds up well in rooms prone to wet traffic.

    Related:  Floor Care Guide—11 Ways to Care for Your Wood Floors


  2. Brick


    Brick is beautiful, but expensive. And the mortar that holds it together requires regular care. Tile that mimics brick can bring the same warm, honest look—with lower maintenance requirements—to your floor, your backsplash, or even your fireplace. With a wide variety of patterns and colors available, there’s surely something to suit your style.


  3. Marble


    The luxury and elegance of marble comes with a hefty price tag that just isn't in the budget for most homeowners. The opulent look of marble, however, is not out of reach. The latest marble-look porcelain tile is more realistic than ever. It’s manufactured with razor-thin edges, requiring minimal or no grout lines, for a seamless installation and appearance.

    Related:  How To: Clean Porcelain Tile


  4. Barn Planks


    Get your reclaimed barn plank floor without the splinters, thanks to tile with the look of distressed wood. You'll have easy access to the rustic, much-in-demand super-wide “plank” if you opt for tile, and cleaning is a cinch.

    Related:  16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home


  5. Stone


    Ceramic and porcelain tile manufacturers have been creating tiles that mimic the look of natural stone for years. Blend tiles of slightly different sizes and colors for a stunning floor that's suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

    Related:  Garden Paths—16 Easy-to-Imitate Stone Walkways

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  6. Parquet


    Parquet wood flooring has classic charm, but the cost of the labor involved in traditional parquet installation doesn't make sense these days. Get the look at a more reasonable price with a simple installation of porcelain parquet-style tiles that can bring that old-world style to your new home.

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  7. Pebbles


    Elegant in an earthy way, pebble tile immediately brings a sense of nature into any space. To create this look in tile, pebbles are sorted and individually assembled on mesh, a process that makes each tile completely unique and results in a seamless and genuinely natural look.


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