Natural wood is a noble material that enchants us with its beauty and tradition, it is also durable and very resistant. Any room that has natural wood floors, can easily turn into a pleasant and cozy space thanks to its warm color and earthy texture. On the downside, the material can be more expensive depending on the type of wood, and it may need thorough and careful maintenance, which most people are not willing to perform due to lack of time or by sheer laziness. If this is the case and you are interested in finding alternatives for wooden floors or are looking for materials that have a similar appearance, then you've come to the right place! Today we'll show you a variety of materials that perfectly mimics wood. From ceramics to laminate or vinyl floors. They may not have the same properties as wood but they have the same visual aspect and the possibility to choose between a much wider range of shades and reliefs. In addition, its maintenance is much more simple, and once installed you will hardly perceive the difference between one and the other. In this article we present 10 ideas that can make your floor look like natural wood.
Vinyl flooring can be an awesome alternative for natural wood, as shown in this example, you will find that this ambient kitchen has a floor that has been coated with vinyl that realistically imitates wood. Achieving a rustic effect thanks to the versatility of the material which can easily mimic different patterns and decoration.
Another material in which you can approach the natural wood finish, are tiles. It has innumerable advantages that include its beautiful appearance that is similar to wood, more so, tiles are also durable and easy to clean. With some retro vibe, the tiles on this image is composed of a geometric cube figure in multidimensional perspective that adds depth to the floor.
Another material that has adapted perfectly to the aspect of having a wooden finish is the stoneware. The experts of Interazulejo present this awe-inspiring design in the image. At first you'd think it is a wonderful wooden floor but you'll be surprised than when you look more closely, you'll find that it is indeed stonework. The way the stone was cut provides an effect that imitates the colors and veins of natural wood. In addition, the spike arrangement adds a very fitting effect that is quite convincing.
A new element that perfectly mimics natural wood is vinyl flooring. The manufacture of this material is made of continuous plastic, the outer surface of which is printed or engraved with the specific appearance of the wood, such as in this image. What makes it a great alternative is that it is easy to install and maintain. It is also very durable and very resistant to water and abrasion. It is also antistatic and is sterilized, so it does not develop fungi or bacteria which are ideal for the kitchen and bathrooms.
The flooring if this image has gray tones with a light yet rustic effect thanks to the aged design of this pavement. Yes, pavement. This product is manufactured in a self-supporting system that consists of placing the different pieces of the structure on a smooth and paved hearth, joining each other by means of a connection type clic or lock.
The laminate is one of the most popular flooring in recent years. Its origin dates back to the 1970s, in Sweden, and since then it has gradually established itself as one of the most comfortable and simple options to imitate natural wood. It is similar to parquet and is made from a wood conglomerate with a laminated surface. Their costs are low and although their durability is inferior to the parquet, with the appropriate care, their life span can extend for a long time.
Another variant of laminate flooring can be seen in this image, wherein the material is made from panels of wood fibers which are adhered and pressed. The most superficial panel, which is visible, is a layer with a printed image that reproduces the appearance of wood, in this case, it's oak wood. You have so much to choose from with the wide range of finishes and tonalities that this type of material has to offer.
Similarly, thanks to new technologies, digitalized printing is now available in the manufacture of stoneware and porcelain floors, creating that irregular effect that perfectly mimics the exterior appearance of wood. The veins and shades perfectly characterizes their nature, reproducing it without difficulty on the tiles creating a real sensation of treading on an authentic wooden floor. Suitable even for offices.
As we have been commenting on the ceramic floors reproduce even the smallest detail thanks to the new printing technologies on the tiles. In the image, we see in detail a ceramic floor that perfectly mimics the appearance of the oak and that even the detail of the joints is perceived with absolute naturalness.
Finally, we finish our walkthrough of the different types of floors that imitate wood with this example of stoneware floor, which takes advantage of the mixture of shades to highlight the appearance of the wood and camouflage its true identity. There is so much possibilities that can be developed with this durable and easy to maintain material.