Let me get this out of the way. European tile companies rock. They experiment with form, color, finish, large size, texture, and even occasionally push the boundaries of technology. But that’s not to say they always get it right. One trend that has been coming out of Europe for some years now and one that I can’t endorse is the faux-wood ceramic tile. Take Marazzi USA’s new American Heritage line, a collection of porcelain tiles that the use three-dimensional digital printing technology to give planks the appearance of hand-scraped, hand-oiled hardwood. The pieces withstand water, stains, and freezing, and will not be affected by seasonal changes in humidity. They also will not expand or contract. The rectified (completely straight edge) planks measure 36 inches long and 6 inches or 9 inches wide. www.marazzitile.com.