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How to Use Gray Wood-Look Ceramic Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 4, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Season Wood in Orchard Grey
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Who needs 50 shades of gray when three or four really strong hues will fit the home decor bill? Whether you're replacing your floors, countertops, or backsplash, or adding an accent wall to your living room or dining room, gray ceramic tile comes in plenty of options. For instance, gray faux wood tiles are a great option for homeowners who don't like the austerity of dark wood ceramic tiles but aren't quite ready for the country charm of a light-colored tile either. Gray wood-look tile falls right in the middle, and is extremely versatile. If you're looking to use this material in your home, here are some inspirational tips and tricks.

Jolt Your Entertaining Spaces with Gray

Gray wood-look tile can be gussied up or dressed down depending on the furnishings and materials it's paired with. For instance, it can work in a downtown urban space when it's teamed up with modern accessories, or a country space when it's paired with more traditional details.

Consider going with the Emblem line, which features classic wood grain visuals and a smooth surface, and is the perfect material for spaces that need the durability of tile without sacrificing the style and charm of wood. Straight from Monterrey, Mexico, this line is available as field and mosaic tile. If you're using it on your living room floor, consider designing a random linear pattern with field tile. And if you want larger planks, consider Season Wood in Orchard Grey, which comes in 12 x 48, 8 x 48, and 6 x 48 sizes. Pair this floor with cream-white painted walls and natural wood furnishings.

Add Texture to Cozy Nooks

Gray comes in different hues. Warmer renditions lend themselves to cozy nooks, while darker tones look sublime in more sophisticated spaces. Think of the mood you're trying to convey as you select your gray ceramic tile.

If you're renovating a smaller, cozier space, consider going with Veranda Tones, which is available in large, linear sizes and coordinating accents. This line offers practical but stylish ceramic tiles that can be used inside and outside. For example, the Frozen Tundra option can create a bold, strong statement when a subtle gray wash isn't enough. This tile is all drama and features distinct striation. Inspired by both man-made and natural sources, these striking porcelain tiles will go a long way. Consider stacking them on a shower wall and pairing them with stainless steel faucets and handles. Iron Jungle is a darker version of this striated tile, and is a strong contender for making a large room feel smaller and more intimate. It can even be used as a pool lining, and would make for a terrific cladding for a swim-up wet bar.

Get the Look of Wood in Wet Spaces

If you want the look of wood in your kitchen or bathroom, think about going with Saddle Brook in Gravel Road. This gray tile is not only resistant to moisture, but it's extremely easy to clean. Similarly, Timber Glen Contemporary adds a modern, stylish twist to any bathroom or kitchen space. Try using it in a brick-joint, corridor, or herringbone pattern to create a sophisticated pool lining. Another option is Terrace in Willow, which is a versatile gray tile that can be applied in a basket-weave, corridor, herringbone, or staggered brick-work pattern.

Whether you go with wood-look tile or a more simple ceramic option, gray is a color that will look good for years to come. If you're feeling inspired, head to your local retail dealer to check out all your options.

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