There is a right way and a wrong way to install porcelain wood look tile floors. I’ll show you both ways here and explain why one is better for wood look tile.
I’m here at the same house in Kauai we were in last year! This time, Terreeia and I are with my sister Elizabeth and her family.
This is the view from the tub in the master bathroom ensuite. Amazing, isn’t it?
Elizabeth is enjoying a quiet moment with her book.
We passed by a charming diner and coffee joint that I want to share with you. Here it is from the outside:
I love that the flowers match the building!
Here’s the entry with some pots of bamboo to define it. But do you notice the precise way the porcelain wood floor tile has been installed? Look closely.
Instead of laying them randomly like a regular wood floor, the installer attempted to lay each tile too perfectly, with every other row lining up exactly. This is NOT a good look if you are trying to duplicate the look of a real wood floor.
How to install porcelain wood look tile.
What should you do instead? Take a cue from Kate at Centsational Girl, who has posted before about her porcelain wood floors. Here they are (below right) alongside the ones in the diner.
See how Kate’s floor tiles are laid in a random pattern, and how not one of the tiles line up perfectly with any other tile? See how much more authentic her floors look as compared to the diner’s? Irregularity is important when going for a natural wood floor look with porcelain tiles.
Are wood look porcelain tile floors timeless?
I get emails all the time asking if these tile floors are timeless. If they are installed correctly and the colour is right, they are definitely way more classic than whatever the current, trendy large-scale tile of the moment happens to be.
In my True Colour Expert live colour workshops, you’ll learn more about choosing timeless and classic finishes.
Overall the shutters and bamboo really add to the beachy, Hawaiian feel of this restaurant. But, the floor tile should have been installed with a random pattern.
Here are some more fun pictures of our trip:
Bill took this photo of a rainbow with his iPhone 6! I think I need to get one ASAP.
Here’s my Terreeia with Bill out on one of the amazing golf courses and having a great time!
The beach just a short walk from the house!
Here’s Elizabeth and I at dinner the other night. How can you tell we shop together ; )
Which of you has porcelain wood floors? Let me know what you think of them.
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