One of the trickiest problems encountered when furnishing your home is that of giving warmth to interiors. Many furnishing options offer only very limited margins for personalization, giving the impression that only standard solutions, which cannot be adapted to your wishes, are available. What’s more, it’s not enough to give character to the walls of your home with objects and furnishings that directly reflect your interests: you also have to give rooms personality right from the choice of the basic surfaces, so you can feel “at home” even if you opt for a minimalist, tidy, distinctive approach, created with just a few stylistic and color features. If you want access to a rich, varied assortment of options, there is no better choice than porcelain stoneware, which also provides a whole series of unique characteristics. And wood-effect porcelain stoneware, in particular, is the right choice for giving the rooms of our homes a strong yet tasteful personality.
What is porcelain stoneware?
You might ask why you should choose tiles instead of real wooden parquet for your interiors. Both wood and wood-look porcelain are of natural origin: the former undergoes treatments to allow it to be installed as a covering, especially on floors, while the latter is created from a selection of natural raw materials, specifically processed to enable their utilization as a covering with multiple, flexible potentials for use, and a wide range of colors and decors. The processing cycle gives the finished product outstanding qualities not normally found in wood, or in many other materials of natural origin: as well as their well known strength, which makes tiles durable over time, not to mention stain-resistant and hygienic if properly cared for, porcelain stoneware is also profoundly environment-friendly. In fact, no invasive operations are required for its extraction and formation, and it is also a green product even at the end of its life cycle: safe disposal is possible, and facilitates recycling by an appropriate procedure. Emilgroup’s Italian porcelain wood-effect tiles are therefore a better solution than wooden parquet planks, because they are more resistant to knocks and bumps, waterproof and extremely varied in their selection of exquisite motifs and sizes, they can be sanitized in any conditions - apart from in the home, uses may include installation in retail premises, subject to very heavy traffic - and, as we have seen, they are up-to-date with strict environmental protection standards.
Wood effect: finishes
So which wood-effect porcelain stoneware tile should you choose, from the very wide selection available, for the room you wish to furnish? A good way to start is to define the style you want to achieve: this will then provide your basis for choosing from the different wood-effect finishes on offer in the Emilgroup collections. For example, you may consider Woodtouch by Ergon, inspired by the beauty of brushed, varnished oak woods. This series combines natural elegance and excellent technical properties, in three surface finishes developed to deliver excellent performances in all intended uses: Soft, with a warm, yielding feel; Natural, which re-creates the look of wood; and Tecnica, ideal for outdoor use. There are five shades available in the 20x120, 22.5x180 and 40x120 sizes in 20 mm thickness: Sbiancato and Fumo, in paler or denser tones of whitish grey; and Paglia, Miele and Corda for colors more typical of wood, varying depending on the treatment imitated. Like all wood-effect porcelain stoneware options, Woodtouch can be used on different surfaces, so the most appropriate finish for the performances required can be selected. And if you wish to add an extra dash of personality to convenience, the W-Cage decor, with its scored lines criss-crossing the surface, can help to create a contemporary, pleasantly discreet overall mood.