Wood-Look Tile on Walls

Porcelain wood tile bathroom accent wallOftentimes, there are assumptions on how to use certain products within your home renovation. One such misconception is the use of tile that looks like wood, which is most commonly used only as flooring. However, this design element can also be used elsewhere, including walls and showers. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD.

“So many people use porcelain wood tile as a floor tile only, however, there are other ways it can be utilized,” said Laura. “In fact, it fits into current trends, as we are starting to see reclaimed wood as accent walls in bedrooms, dining rooms and bathrooms.”

A recent Downers Grove bathroom remodel completed by Laura is an excellent example of how this type of design element can be incorporated. Laura used porcelain wood tile on the walls mixed with natural pebble stone tile to give the space the look of a rustic spa.

wood look tile in shower“Technology with porcelain imaging has come a long way. Between texture, natural graining and knots, it is very realistic looking,” noted Laura. “There are a variety of styles, widths and lengths. Woods can look more pristine, or have a knotty, weathered look to them.”

If this look is something you desire to incorporate into your upcoming remodeling project, set up a time to meet with Laura to discuss your space and the details needed for a beautiful outcome. You can also register for an upcoming seminar to learn more about the remodeling process, design trends and materials. For more information and design inspiration, visit Normandy’s photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


porcelain tiles that look like woodVanity, toilet, sink and wood-look wall tile


Getting Close to Open-Concept

open floorplan kitchen with stained cabinetry in medium wood tonesNot everything can have a perfectly open floor plan, but doesn’t mean rooms can’t feel open and connected. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Maury Jones on how to work around structural issues to get as close to open-concept as possible.

“With open-concept, there needs to be structural support for the space above,” said Maury. “In most cases, you will likely need a structural beam to hold up the roof or second story.  This beam can be a decorative element in the room, or it may be able to be put in place inside the existing ceiling.”

“Sometimes, due to ductwork or other structural implications, the space cannot be completely open,” added Maury. “However, you can explore widening the opening between rooms as much as possible.”

Black and white glossy cabinets in galley kitchen

Overall, an enlarged entrance can provide the support needed while still opening the flow between rooms.

If you are ready to open up your kitchen to your living room or dining room area, set up an appointment with Maury to discuss your options. Or, get inspiration from other newly designed spaces by visiting the Normandy photo gallery. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more design ideas.

U-shaped kitchen with peninsula and island

View into living space from kitchen


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