Hardwoods are the ideal flooring solution for beautiful homes. Unless, of course, you have kids. Or dogs. Good thing, then, that there's a solution that looks like wood, but isn't wood at all.
It's actually a porcelain tile, designed to look like wood. I'd heard about this solution, but the closest I've come to seeing it in action is in the home of blogger Brittany Cramer of Brittany Makes. She's been blogging along with her home renovations, including this post about their choice to opt for wood tiles instead of natural wood.
Here's what you need to know...
Pros: It's cheaper to cover the same floor with wood-look tile than with a real wood solution, and much more durable. Even a really hard wood wouldn't be as durable as the tile when it comes to scratching and denting. Porcelain is more durable than ceramic or cement wood tile, but a bit more expensive.
Then, of course, there are the cons. Wood tile is still tile, which means it will be very cold (especially for folks in Northern climates) and much noisier than wood floors. There's a lot more great advice in the comments here.
"Wood" you ever go for wood-look tile over real hardwoods in your home?