Wood look tiles – how to choose and install them

Wood look tiles can be successfully used to decorate both the living room and the bedroom, as well as to give a finishing touch to the fireplace and even the facade. However, you should always check if the tiles you’re going to use are gypsum or concrete ones and how they are to be used.  

Nature and the environment is one of the most fashionable interior design trends this season. Patterns inspired by stone or wood have been popular for years and are one of the most frequently used interior design inspirations. That is why the Incana offers many wood look tiles, which differ in terms of design, colour, and texture, and which serve different purposes. 

Wood look tiles for the kitchen and the bathroom

Although rooms with high humidity require a special building and finishing materials, stylish and original wood look tiles can also be used in them. However, it is important that they are made of concrete using an appropriate colouring technique. Gypsum tiles absorb moisture much more easily than concrete ones and, therefore, are not suitable for this type of spaces.

Incana offers a series of Landwood concrete tiles, totally inspired by the texture of wood. To offer more design possibilities, the collection of these long and narrow tiles is available in two colours:

Cappuccino (soft beige), 

Volcano (dark volcanic rock). 

The tiles can be arranged on an entire wall or only on a part of it (e.g. by the bath tun or the door). However, you should keep in mind that the safe use of concrete elements requires a sufficiently solid structure and that classic tiles installed over a large area may be too heavy e.g. for a wall made of popular gypsum-cardboard panels on a steel, aluminium or wooden profile frame. 

The solution to this problem are the special, thinner and lighter Incana Slim series tiles, such as Eastwood. It is a lightweight concrete product in a warm brown colour, with subtle darker discolorations. The tile has a structure with elements that imitate raw wood with peeling and cracked bark. 

Before installing decorative tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, a good idea is to impregnate the surface on which they are to be placed to protect them from moisture and help keep them clean. 

Wooden tiles for the facade

Among Incana’s products there are many designs and colours of tiles that can also be used on the outside. The frost resistant Landwood series tiles are suitable for the facade. These massive 2 cm thick tiles can also be used to decorate the chimney, fence, or pillars. 

The thinner Eastwood tiles are also very well suited for outdoor use. Since they are less massive, they can be used even on very large surfaces or where too thick tiles might not look too presentable. 

Wood look tiles for the living room and the bedroom  

Wood imitating tiles give the interior a unique warmth and create a cosy atmosphere, which is why they are frequently used to decorate the living room or the bedroom. In this case, you can also decide to decorate an entire wall or to expose only a part of it (e.g. by the bed or TV). 

In addition to the above mentioned series, Incana also offers bright, delicate Forest gypsum tiles, characterized by low weight and high strength. The varied surface of the tiles and the universal white colour make the Forest series a perfect complement to various arrangements and concepts. It fits both the minimalistic Scandinavian style and other more or less traditional or designs.

The Mizar Bianco gypsum series tiles feature a pattern that is a combination of wood and stone, which gives the product an original and natural character. The tiles go nicely with bright interiors arranged in a Mediterranean style. They can also be painted any colour using an interior paint.

How to install wood look tiles?

Before gluing the wood look tiles, they should be placed on the floor in the required pattern, using alternating elements from different packages. This universal principle for wood imitating products is particularly important as they are often multi-coloured.  

The wall should be cleaned, levelled, and primed before installation, and each tile should be matted before being put in place. 

Check our detailed installation instructions for gypsum and concrete tiles [link after publication of the guide].