Thanks to all of my 'Kitchen Fear' replies at the weekend I think that porcelain is definitely the way forward for our kitchen floor.
I went into a Fired Earth showroom yesterday and they had wood effect porcelain tiles and I really liked them but ruled them out is they were £100+ p/sqm!! However, after a bit of googling I have found the exact same tiles here.
We have them in a bathroom - personally I still think they're quite weird, but so far they're surprisingly practical and easy to keep clean.
I didn't see your previous thread, but I have to say I'd rather have a soft surface in my kitchen. Our current house is tiled floors throughout the downstairs and anything you drop smashes. Our previous house had marmoleum in the kitchen and it was great.
I thought about these...until an architect friend of mine said if you want it to look like wood, buy wood. It made me think...and now have beautiful engineered oak throughout downstairs, including the kitchen. It is luffly.
We're having wood-effect tiles throughout the bedrooms in our new house. I previously agreed with Fishfingers' architect, but because we're having underfloor heating it just makes more sense to have tiles than wood.
I think you need to be careful to get a size that will look like wood when it's laid, and the laying is important too. The grout bits should be as narrow as possible, and our tiler also said it would look better not to have the lateral join between two tiles centred on the adjacent tile (sorry, that's hard to explain but the one in your picture is done the right way).
We live on the continent and have always had tiled kitchens - obviously things do break if you drop them but it's pretty minimal really. Though we always buy a few extra plates etc when buying a set!!
I had also been told that you can use engineered wood with underfloor heating, but my scientist DH just couldn't cope with using a material that is essentially an insulator when we could use a conductor-type material (tiles) instead
But I see what you mean about a Victorian terrace v the kind of houses we have over here!
I remember your previous thread I think and meant to say at the time that wood is fine for underfloor heating so long as it is engineered and not solid. I've been in a house with carpets and underfloor heating! I think the wood effect porcelain is a bit odd to be honest and agree completely with 'if you want wood have wood'. And we had cushioned lino type stuff on our floor before and still broke stuff.
My DH obviously has a stronger personality than yours
actually I was quite opposed to the wood-effect tiles to start with and was just going to choose other tiles (generally houses here are tiled throughout or else some wood, no carpets in sight) - but then when I actually saw the top-quality wood-effect tiles I changed my mind.
but I'm sure your wood looks gorgeous and you get plenty of heat