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Wood-Look Tile in the Shower

Posted by Daltile Team on May 11, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Want something really unique? Something rustic, yet contemporary? Consider wood in the shower.

Real wood presents some major difficulties in the bathroom let alone the shower. In fact, wood in the shower is pretty much unheard of—until now. We’re talking about wood-look tile in the shower. It gives you a realistic wood-grain and a durability and easy maintenance you simply can’t get with anything but tile.

High-Design Look

Daltile has a lot to choose from when it comes to wood-look tile for the shower. You can create an unexpected look that you’ll enjoy using every day.

The latest technology captures the natural graining and variation of real woods, both classic favorites and exotics from around the world. Some options offer Tru-Edge™, tile that has been cut to have exact edges so you can have a narrower grout joint. Other options include Reveal Imaging™, technology that takes a detailed photo of real wood and replicates it on quality tiles.

For the shower, the sky is the limit. Try Veranda Tones’ dramatic wood-grain look. Or maybe you want something more traditional like Saddle Brook or Forest Park. Reclaimed wood-looks like Season Wood or Yorkwood Manor are excellent choices for the on-trend bathroom.

Tile sizes offer some flexibility in design as well. A traditional plank looks stunning either placed horizontally or vertically. Add an accent tile to dress it up. 12 x 24 inch tiles have become a staple on the floor, but have made their way to the wall so why not put them to work in the shower? As an alternative to the large plank, try a smaller, linear wood-look tile. Playing with the size can transform you shower into a unique, luxury retreat.

Functional Shower

Your shower has a job to do. Take some time to consider functionality along with design.

You must consider your shower wall and shower floor as two separate things. Any wood-look tile that can withstand a moist environment will perform well on the shower wall, but the floor is a different story.

Because of the requirements of the shower floor, only mosaics four inches or smaller can be used on the floor. You have to make sure you have the right slope to the drain and larger tiles make that difficult to achieve. The extra grout lines you get when installing a shower floor also give you more slip-resistance—which you need plenty of on the shower floor.

If you want to continue the wood look on the shower floor, try Emblem tile in a 2 x 4 inch size. It mirrors the rectangular shape of a plank or linear tile and gives you the functionality you need.
Consider a natural-look mosaic tile on the shower floor and use it as an accent on the wall to tie the scheme together. A great combination for wood-look tile is a stone-look mosaic. The grey undertones in Season Wood work well with a grey-based slate-look tile like Continental Slate. It comes in a 3 x 3 mosaic or a random decorative accent. The combinations are many so let your imagination run wild!


Design a shower that's anything but ordinary with unexpected materials like wood-look tile for the shower. Always check manufacturer recommendations to ensure you select an appropriate tile for your shower floor.


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Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Wood Look Tile

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