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Posted on July 25, 2014 by gulftile in Flooring

2014 Coverings Conference Series Part II, the Emergence of Planks

Among the many tile trends our Gulf Tile kitchen and bath designers saw at the Coverings show in Las Vegas, one thing is certain: 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for planks.

Increasing Popularity

Plank tiles are nothing new. They’ve been around for years, but have been traditionally found mostly in porcelain wood, where their classic shape imitates the look and finish and of hardwood flooring. Now manufacturers are creating large format or long, narrow rectangle tiles in ceramic, stone, glass and metal, as well as porcelain. Some companies have even phased out square tiles in Scene Livingpopular finishes and patterns in favor of producing only planks.

The featured image is American Olean Scene Colorbody Porcelain, plank tiles with a travertine stone look. Many size selections and finishes in polished and unpolished.

Commonly available sizes include:

  • 12” X 24”
  • 6” X 24”
  • 8” X 48”
  • 18”x36”

A World of Options

Whether you like the look of planks for an entire wall or floor covering, or plan to use them as accent pieces in a classic design, plank tiles open a whole new world of possibilities. Square tiles have limited options when it comes to layout, but with planks, the sky is the limit. Pattern options available with plank tiles include broken joint, herringbone and basket weave placements. When done in a single tile, these designs add depth and visual interest while preserving the monochromatic palette that has become so popular in today’s interior design.

Among their many possible uses, consider these plank tile design trends:

  • Mimic the look of hardwood in kitchens or baths where natural wood is prone to warp or stain;
  • Use resin metal accent tiles to add ultra-modern flash to traditional floors or as unique monochrome borders in a listello;
  • Create striking large-format mosaic wall treatments with glass planks in complementary or contrasting colors.

Whether your personal taste is classic or contemporary, the experts at Gulf Tile can help you discover the perfect tile to suit your style. Drop in today and discover the look you love.


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