5 Reasons to Choose Wood Effect Tiles

Discover Why Ireland and the UK have gone Wood Effect Mad

Our Ballymena showroom changes with time. As trends across the country change, we adapt our space to showcase the styles to the people of Ireland. Because of this – and spending every day in the showroom, it is very easy for us to see the changing crazes with time. 5 Years ago, 90% of the tiles were cream tones. The past few years, the same can be said about grey tiles. A recent development in the market is the explosion of wood effect tiles. Obviously, these are tiles which have been manufactured to look like wood, but why are the people of Ballymena, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cork and Glasgow going crazy over this look? Why should you invest in this sort of tile?

1. Wood Effect Tiles are Gorgeous!

The number 1 reason why anyone buys anything for their home is because of how it looks. This couldn’t be more true for Timber Effect Tiles. Technology is amazing, and in the 21st century our manufacturers in Spain, Italy and further afield have incredible capabilities to create any look they desire. There are tiles to mimic Oak, Walnut, Beech and more, not to mention the wood ‘mixes’ such as Canapa from La Fenice (Right).

Other styles that can be captured using Timber Effect tiles is bleached effect or burnt wood. So whether you are making a feature of your floor, or if your trying to match a Kitchen Cupboard and Worktop colours, there will be a range of wood effect tiles available.

2. Timber Effect Tiles are Really Durable

We all work hard in our jobs and put loads of effort into saving. When we finally use the savings to spend in home improvement, we want this to be a long lasting investment. Tiles provide a perfect mix of durability and price. Most tiles these days are Porcelain bodied, which is a clay that is fired to 1500°C to form a solid tile. This is great as it means that tiles are extremely heat resistant, allowing them to take a lot more abuse than other flooring options such as carpet.

Tiles are also very hard compared to other flooring options. They will not scratch as easy and can come in a range of different surface finishes e.g. anti slip, semi polished etc. This means that you can walk across your living room floor with high heels on without stressing about what’s going to happen your new tiles. This also allows wood effect tiles to be utilised in commercial areas where high footfall may cause other flooring options problems.

3. Wood Effect Tiles can be used inside or outside!

It’s well known that wooden floors can be troublesome when exposed to water. This is when wood effect tiles can be a great alternative. Perhaps you want to have a wooden floor in your bathroom, for the rich look and feel that this brings. However, your friend Susan had a wooden floor in the bathroom and had loads of problems with the floor lifting due to the floor absorbing water and warping. Never worry, because you can still have your wood floor, without these problems – well, sort of. With tiles, as long as they are porcelain, they will not absorb any water and so can be used in areas that will will be exposed to it. Whether this be the kitchen, bathroom, shower or outside patio, wood effect tiles are a solid solution.

4. Your underfloor heating works better with Tiles

This is maybe a selling point for tiles in general, but if you have an underfloor heating system, its benefits are enhanced if you have a ceramic based flooring. This is due to their amazing thermal properties, as well as their great conductive nature. The thickness of flooring makes little effect however does increase the time it takes to heat up. A floor thickness of 20mm is best for a highly responsive system – the majority of our tile range are 10-12mm thick.

5. Wood Effect Tiles will Retain Their Look

When we like something, we like for it to stay that way. We don’t choose a floor for it to look differently next year, any why should we? With wood effect tiles, once installed, the tile will retain its look and keep its colour regardless of how much light it is exposed to. Also, they will not absorb anything that is spilled, rather only the surface will absorb anything, and this can be easily fixed with a soft sponge.

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The Nordic design trend has taken firm hold in the UK with no signs of abating. This understated style particularly suits bathrooms, as it evokes a feeling of calm retreat from the world, adding an element of luxury to your bathing experience.

This style favours a freestanding bath or wet room installation if you haven’t the room to accommodate both. You can make this look your won with your choice of tile.  Large format or wood effect tiles look especially fitting for the Nordic style, and view our minimalist range for further inspiration.

The essence of this design incorporates muted tones and clean lines within a purposeful design. Wood and stone bring in natural textures to enhance the unadorned space whilst plants and ample natural light reconnect the space to nature and soften sharp edges. Tactile wicker and rough hewn towels add a cosy effect.

Check out our Pinterest for more ideas you can incorporate to stay on trend with your new bathroom.



8 Bathroom Trends for 2018

More than ever the bathroom is seen as a personal sanctuary, an important retreat for restoration rather than one of simple utility. With that in mind, here are 8 bathroom trends that are worthy of putting on your “must have” list!

1. Freestanding Tub – with back-to-the wall option, a freestanding tub can fit most bathrooms for luxury you will endlessly appreciate. Can be fitted with an over-the-tub shower.

2. More Storage – bathroom storage can be both beautiful and practical, saving you from hectic mornings and stressful nights readying the children and yourself for work and sleep. Why not turn one of the walls into a floor to ceiling shelving area or install a built-in closet with organiser if you prefer closed storage.

3. Multipanel Board – save yourself the hassle of maintaining and scrubbing tiles for an easy solution. Multipanel Board Panels are fitted behind your shower or bath for a seamless look.

4. Backlit or Illuminated LED Mirrors – for a soft eye-saving glow that saves you having to put the lights full on during your morning routine or evening wind down. Many also feature a demister and shaver plug-in.

5. Sound System – the strong emergence of Spotify and personal playlists has heightened the demand for music anywhere. Excellent sound and unobtrusive installation make this an easy choice.

6. Bathroom TV – now available up to 55” inches. Netflix & Chill while soaking away the day. High Definition, waterproof and will not steam up. Embeddable or wall mountable with an ultra thin finish.

7. Underfloor Heating Systems – energy efficient and temperature controlled for warmth underfoot. A thermostat ensures you are not paying more for heat than necessary. Contact us to discuss further.

8. Neutral Tones with Organic Undertones – we’ve not yet strayed to far from the neutral colour palette, but have added in organic texture such as wood or stone effect tiles for depth and interest. Bring in further textures with towels and accessories.


Multipanel bathroom wall panels are 100% waterproof with a wide range of choice to enhance any bathroom and tile décor. We recommend the use of multipanels in the shower and bath as it eliminates the need for grout that must be frequently cleaned and maintained, often with harsh and unpleasant chemicals.

Compared to tiles, multipanel costs less and it is both faster and easier to install for a long-lasting and beautiful appearance that requires next to no upkeep.

At Just Tiles N Bathrooms we have a large selection instore to choose from and are happy to help you coordinate it with sanitaryware, tiles, and tapware for a bathroom you’ll love. Due to the precise measurements required, we do not sell multipanel online.


We’ve seen floor tiles getting bigger and bigger over the past few years. High gloss floor tiles across a wide open space are a fabulous entrance statement into a home, office or hotel.

The fashion sees no end in sight, with the latest tile being over 6ft long. This takes 2 men and special equipment to handle and to lay it properly, but with less joints, and more shine there’s no doubt someone will have it soon.

This is largely due to the fact that using tiles of this size results in fewer grout lines for a clean and uninterrupted finish. It’s a myth that large scale tiles can’t be used in smaller rooms – in fact, these spaces are perfect for them. Using oversized tiles tricks the eye into thinking that the room is much bigger than it really is, so can help to create a sense of scale where it doesn’t naturally exist.

Call in to our showroom to discuss your hall, kitchen or office flooring needs.



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