First off the rules: I’d warn you to make sure that the style of the house works with the style of the pattern so you aren’t dating yourself in 15 years. There are so many patterns out there now that work with almost every style, but my rule is to keep the tile reminiscent of the style of the house that it is in as that will give the tile longevity in style and design. That means don’t put something super graphic and modern in an antique craftsman.


This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic light-grey cement tiles alone to make a monochromatic statement or mix and match with other solids and patterns to design a unique room. Even the solid colors of these wall and floor tiles will have natural variation and interest because they are hand mixed before being poured.
Sometimes, all a kitchen needs to really pop is just a little bit of color and texture. Our cement tile is designed to maximize on the natural colors and textures inherent in tiles of this style. We hand-press our tile to create deep, rich coloration that is long-lasting as it is elegant. When coupled with the mesmerizing patterns, our cement tiles bring a sense of movement and energy wherever they are applied.
Everything I’ve found online recommends an impregnator/penetrating sealer for cement tiles.  Cement tiles are super porous meaning they’ll stain easily, so you have to seal them prior to grouting.  I plan to use this sealer product.  And then I’ll grout them with either a bright white grout or an off-white grout that matches the field color of the tile.  We ended up with 1/4″ grout lines (which is 1/8″ thicker than the manufacturer recommends…oops), so I’ll use a sanded grout.  Stay tuned for that.

Anyway…back to the tiles.  Garrett really wanted to inset the backsplash into the wall so the edges of the tile would be concealed by the surrounding drywall.  I wasn’t really concerned about seeing the tile edges, but I let him go after it anyway ‘cause marriage is all about compromise.  And I like to compromise on the small stuff ;).  So Garrett put up 1/4″ hardiboard behind the backsplash and 5/8″ drwyall around it.  He pushed out the drywall immediately on either side of the hardiboard with 1/8″ furring strips so I had a solid 3/4″ of depth to work with for laying the mortar and tile.


This functional, light-filled home takes full advantage of its bucolic site. With the introduction of the butterfly roof, natural light, ventilation and views are brought into the main gathering spaces. Distance between the private and public zones is created by a shift in geometry where those two meet in plan, to provide a calming and rejuvenating private retreat for the occupants. The structured juxtaposition of materials brings order and warmth to the home’s overall experience, complementing the textures and beauty of the site. Photo: ©Cesar Rubio

Clarity is important! Please note: we are not responsible  for the accuracy of measuring your project, or for how the materials are utilized. Your tile contractor or building professional is responsible for that. We highly recommend that you communicate clearly, effectively, and often, with your tile contractor and all involved in your tile project design.


On the practical side of kitchen décor, nothing beats cement tile for a backsplash. Our tiles are handmade by craftsmen to ensure nothing less than top quality and durability. Cement tile is easy to clean and naturally water-resistant, making it the perfect way to shield your wall from unsightly food stains. Additionally, cement tile can easily last for decades, so there’s no concern of fading or discoloration.

The hugely popular series, on the DIY Network, follows host Josh Temple as he tries to find a random customer at a home improvement store that will agree to take him to his/her house to help with a home project. After finding a “troubled” area of the home, Josh surprises the individual by agreeing to do a full remodel of the space. The project is then completed in a few short days with the help of the homeowner and friends.
We are thrilled that the show used our Bouquet II pattern in an episode of this season’s show. The episode is titled “Arched Mediterranean Kitchen” (Season 11, Episode 2) and follows a couple as they get a complete kitchen renovation. Our handmade cement tile is used on the kitchen backsplash to create a unique centerpiece for the space. The Bouquet cement tile pattern blends in perfectly with the new kitchen’s Mediterranean theme.

The Ciment cement floor and wall tile in blue and white offers monochrome blue floral design set on a slate blue background. These tiles are set on a 1” cement base where color is poured over it into a mold, pressed in a hydraulic press and baked at extremely high temperatures. These handmade tiles offer natural variations and chips, which are reflections of traditional cement tile. Best for interior floors and walls, these and all cement tiles require sealing. Please refer to the sealing...
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I have to admit I chuckled a little hearing that it’s national ceramic tile day. Is there anything without a national day? This post is an absolute godsend. There’s about 10 different placed in my home that I want to add ceramic tile to. We have a midcentury raised ranch that is so cookie-cutter-vanilla-suburbia it makes me want to cry. I need to add some (appropriate) spice to this house ASAP!
On the practical side of kitchen décor, nothing beats cement tile for a backsplash. Our tiles are handmade by craftsmen to ensure nothing less than top quality and durability. Cement tile is easy to clean and naturally water-resistant, making it the perfect way to shield your wall from unsightly food stains. Additionally, cement tile can easily last for decades, so there’s no concern of fading or discoloration.
Yes! This is awesome…I had such a hard time finding good cement tiles when I was looking last year! I ended up going with some black and white patterned tiles from Overstock for our fireplace and a small backsplash behind our range. I liked the tiles I picked, but honestly it was the free shipping that sold me – when I priced tiles from other suppliers, the shipping was more than the actual tiles.
The craftsman house involved in the project is over 100 years old. It’s a brown shingle craftsman very typical of the local homes and the owners are bringing it back to life little by little. The owners are both wonderful cooks (she’s French so of course!) and spend a lot of time in their well-used kitchen. The home was updated sometime in the 80’s and was ready for a serious face-lift. The clients wanted to incorporate a French/Moroccan style with the architectural elements of a craftsman. We think they succeeded!
Browse through our Floor Tiles in our Gallery and you’ll see that encaustic cement floor tiles transform a space, no matter if that space is modern and bold, eclectic and bohemian, or fun and colorful. At Granada Tile, we offer traditional encaustic floor tiles made with both bright  and subtle colors and intricate patterns as well as bold geometric designs and clean lines.
This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic cobalt cement tiles alone to make a monochromatic statement or mix and match with other solids and patterns to design a unique room. Even the solid colors of these wall and floor tiles will have natural variation and interest because they are hand mixed before being poured.
One of the most classic cement tile designs is the intricate floral or Moorish pattern. This look dates back to the early 20th century and is just as popular today. The options for this type of traditional pattern are endless, ranging from colorful and bright to serene and neutral. Depending on the style of your home, you can add a unique flair to your kitchen with backsplash cement tile.
On the recommendation of the flooring guy at Lowe’s, I bought this sealer. He and I actually had a bit of a difference of opinion. He thought the cement tile was already sealed. I felt pretty certain that it was not. I am glad that I went with my gut because the cement tile backsplash sucked up the sealer like nobody’s business. It took four layers before the tile stopped soaking up the sealer like a desert reptile soaks up rain. (Novice tip: If you have unsealed tile, sealing it prior to grouting is important. The pigment in colored grout can stain unsealed tile.)
I can only say please if you're looking for the most beautiful tiles that take you back to the most beautiful tales of the orient or want to combine class and trend go to no other than Zellij Gallery. Their selection is unbelievably large. Tiles are a dream, each and every slack is truly a piece of art. I came here today to upgrade my sink in my guest bathroom and I am leaving with wanting to redo my outside patio and pool area into a marrocan themed dream with alternating colors of deep blue green and white. I am very impressed by the customer care I received and couldn't help myself and leave this review . The owner was very patient with me and listened to my exact vision and wishes. Thank you so much for working with me as well as on the price. Great place. Love it.
Whether you’re designing or remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom, choosing a flooring material can be daunting. From hardwoods to porcelain and ceramic tile, how do you choose? We have one material that comes out ahead of all the rest, and that’s cement tiles. Cement floor tiles are durable, long lasting, scratch-resistant, spill-resistant, and offer a handmade artisan look you just can’t get with any other type of flooring. Learn more about the benefits of concrete floor tiles, and why they should be your first choice.
clé is a modern online tile boutique where we offer a myriad of tiles ranging from wood-fired glazed surfaces, artists' collaborations to everyday basics. We have a profound love for tile and our aim is to broaden everyone's appreciation of this material so that they see beyond the backsplash and recognize tile as an artful, provocative and interactive facet of our everyday surroundings. If it's well-crafted and artfully designed, it will stand the test of time.
To deliver your beautiful tiles, an appointment will be required. Once shipped from our warehouse and arrived at the nearest service center, our freight company will call to schedule a delivery appointment. You must be ready to receive your tile shipment at anytime within the lead time associated with your order.  Please note that if they are unable to contact you within 48 hours, storage fees will begin to accrue and tiles will not re-ship until all fees and shipping costs have been invoiced and paid by the customer.
this page is of particular importance to your encaustic cement tile installation. this is because the highest degree of incidence with cement tile installations are based on failures that occur using the wrong grout or the wrong grouting methods. remember, your tiles are cement and they can be stained with the grout pigment as this pigment is the exact colorant that is used to pigment cement tiles.
The First Layer: The wear layer, also called the concrete tile face, is a mixture of highly resistant Portland white cement, powdered white marble and natural pigments. Wear resistance, color and brightness rely on the quality of this layer. The finished encaustic tile has the natural finish surface and these hand-crafted floor tiles can be sealed or polished.

the polishing is completed with a light penetrating sealer that allows the tiles to ship without the abrasion issues that are prevalent when shipping pigmented tiles. this sealant also assists through the first stages of installation (setting and pre-grouting). we keep the sealant light so that it doesn't act as a bond barrier for the setting material. this is why we require additional sealant prior to grouting (to help prevent grout staining).
Photo Sources: 1. Buckminster Green LLC, 2. Casa, 3. Hello Kitchen, 4. Cement Tile Shop, 5. Avente Tile, 6. Eenig Wonen, 7. KitchenLab Design, 8. Made a Mano, 9. Eenig Wonen, 10. Original Style, 11. Mosaic House, 12. ThinkMakeBuild, 13. Villa Lagoon Tile, 14. BHG, 15. The Design Files, 16. Purpura, 17. Made a Mano, 18. Weranda, 19. Skeppsholmen, 20. Ceramiques Hugo Sanchez Inc, 21. Made a Mano, 22. Chad McPhail Design, 23. Est Magazine
Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated cement and a more coarse sand/cement layer. The pigment layer is hydraulically pressed into the surface and becomes a part of the tile. The tiles are then soaked in a water bath for 24 hours and then set to dry for another seven days at the factory before they ship to our Los Angeles and Mississippi warehouses, where they are stored before shipping to our customers worldwide.
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