3 Styles Of Timber-Look Tiles

Posted on: 3 October 2022

Timber-look tiles are made of porcelain or ceramic, but they look like wooden flooring when laid. They are ideal for high-traffic areas, such as hallways, due to being durable and easy to clean. Unlike wood, they are also well-suited to areas with high humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms, as they don't absorb moisture or expand when wet. Tiles are also resistant to scratching and can be mopped clean. Conversely, wood flooring requires more maintenance, such as regular waxing or polishing to keep the wood healthy, and must be cleaned with purpose-made wood floor cleaners. Timber-look tiles are available in a variety of colours and designs to suit the style and décor of a room.

Here's an overview of three styles of timber-look tiles.

Traditional Oak

If you appreciate classic style and want flooring that will look great in any room regardless of décor, traditional oak look tiles are a great choice. Oak has a distinct appearance with linear patterns that gives it a timeless charm. Oak look tiles come in a range of plank widths and you can choose from natural browns to more contemporary whitewashed or grey-stained colours.  


Parquet flooring has a unique appearance and consists of short planks that are arranged geometrically. This decorative style can be used to create a warm, welcoming room when combined with soft furnishings that also have a high degree of detail. Conversely, in more formal rooms it can convey elegance and act as a focal point due to the intricate detailing of the pattern. Parquet look tiles come in a range of modern and classic patterns, such as chateau, herringbone and chevron.


The distressed wood look remains popular and is a good choice for rooms with either a vintage or industrial aesthetic. Distressed timber-look tiles have a less structured appearance than parquet or oak look tiles and will complement rooms with brick walls, original wooden beams or rustic shiplap cladding. Creating a distressed real wood floor with reclaimed wood can be costly and time-consuming, so opting for timber-look floor tiles gives you the look you want without the hassle of sourcing and hand-finishing the wood.  

These are just a few examples of the styles of timber-look tiles that are available. If you're considering this type of flooring, visit your local tile store to see the range on offer and use samples to get an idea of how the finished room will look.