If our cabins “up north” serve as any indication, Minnesotans share a particular fondness for cozy wood floors (and walls, ceilings, and exteriors). The upkeep required to keep them gleaming and warp-free? Not so much. But flooring experts have recently caught on, offering a best-of-both-worlds solution.
Faux wood or “faux bois” tile is flooring that has the appearance of wood, but is actually made from ceramic or porcelain tile. As such, it conveys cozy with far fewer demands on your time and wallet.
Faux wood tiles “are so much more durable than their ‘real’ [wood] counterpart,” says Pam Gilbert, sales manager at Uson Design Solutions in Minneapolis. “They’re great for basements, bathrooms, and pretty much any floor that gets a lot of traffic.” (Or a lot of humidity. Hello, Minnesota summers!)
They also come in a variety of colors and styles. Just check out the options at The Tile Shop. Who knew faux could be so vogue?
Faux wood flooring ($2.99-$7.99/square foot), from The Tile Shop, multiple locations including 8451 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-881-2595, tileshop.com