Tile: Metallics, wood-looks, and more

As we say at Wills Flooring, flooring isn’t what we do but, rather, it’s who we are. Tile isn’t just for the kitchen and bathroom flooring, but for every room, from the living room to the hallway. It also isn’t just for floors, and we’ll tell you about some of the exciting uses. Our showroom is in Lynnwood, Washington. We service Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Shoreline, and Bothell. Feel free to come in to see us.

What are the two kinds of tile?

First, you need to know this because even though the differences are subtle, they can make a difference in installation. Porcelain is a little heavier, being comprised of clay, sand and sometimes glass, and is waterproof even when not glazed. It’s often installed on bathroom floors, as well as around tub and shower. It can be used outside on decks, patios, and pool-side. It is always white, but comes in a lot of patterns, from hexagons to geometrics and florals. Ceramic needs to be glazed. That’s what makes it waterproof and gives it such a hard coating. You can use it on the floor anywhere, but it’s also great for backsplashes and accent walls. This tile can never be used outside, however.

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Popular trends include:

  • Wood looks. These come in either porcelain or ceramic version and are even sometimes cut into planks. These tiles look like real wood and, as you know by now, wood can be damaged by excess water. A wood-look tile is perfect for the bath, giving a rustic look while withstanding splashes and shower steam.
  • Metallics. Shimmer, shine, and sparkle! Even hints of a metallic will do it, so if budget is an issue, just insert a few into a layout with a more plain tile.
  • Gray tile. Gray floors are trending right now, and that’s not expected to end anytime soon. Use it as flooring, with a coordinating gray tone on walls and tub/shower surrounds.
  • Contrast. Black and white will never go out of style. This classic, in diamond shapes, make a living room go WOW!
  • Think creatively about shapes. Even those 3 X 6formerly all-white subway ceramics come in round, oval, squares and more, as well as an expanded color palette. It doesn’t have to be all one shape, as long as it coordinates, so mix them up and show your style.
Remember when we said ceramics weren’t just for floors? Create a stunning backsplash (floor-to-ceiling if your cabinets allow) and coordinate with countertops and floor. You now have a focal point. You can also brighten a living room wall by using a small section as an accent wall with some brilliant, bold colors.
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