and so, in an attempt to meet the bigness of this question with a response that we could actually muster, we realized that the best solution might not be the grandest. perhaps we can take baby steps toward a future we can all support. let’s not get frightened to make a difference when the future looks bleak. even the smallest action can lead to a bigger outcome, especially when joined with efforts from one another.

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...


If you've seen some drop dead gorgeous patterned tiles on Pinterest lately, there's a good chance they are made of cement. These matte-finish, often bold patterned tiles are absolutely beautiful. Historically more common throughout Europe than here, they've gathered major steam on this side of the pond. After days and weeks of scouring the internet looking for the perfect tile for our bathroom renovation, and not finding anything that was just right, late one night I finally found The One in a photo of a dreamy bathroom.
it's time for our monday mention! today we are looking at cross featured in milieu magazine, as well as some of our other favorite black and white cement tile patterns. cross is a pattern of diminutive crosses repeating throughout a simple format. this clean and elegant approach produces an austere pattern with a gothic vibe. sounds irresistible? it is, especially if you have a floor or wall that needs a simplistic touch with a strong visual.
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.
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.
If you are looking for commercial tile flooring for high-traffic areas, we carry many outstanding lines of commercial-grade tile for the floor (and wall) that is stylish and durable for business, industrial, corporate and retail projects. We have many large format tiles for open areas, as well as smaller formats for creating warmth, while maintaining durability and functionality.

Months ago, when Andy and I were considering a complete gut-renovation of the kitchen in BHH, I started to do some poking around on Pinterest and pinning favorites on our kitchen ideas board. I noticed a trend in most of my choices. I like decorative tile.  That surprised me. Initially, I really only considered white subway tile.  It is clean, classic, and easy to find.  It would bridge the decorating gap between our 1800s home and a new modern kitchen.  However, once I saw all of the beautiful tile choices available, I could not get the idea of something with a lot more punch than subway tile out of my head.
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.

Pick up the May 2018 issue of House Beautiful and escape to the Bahamas with Tom Scheerer’s enchanting interior design featuring our handcrafted cement tile. Tom Scheerer’s designs are always inspired, and this Caribbean Colonial is no exception.  For this project, Scheerer chose to create custom cement tile, “Katie”, in a light and airy colorway.  … Continue reading Feel the Breeze with Tom Scheerer in House Beautiful Magazine


Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring. Concrete tile patterns add to many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial, Modern and Contemporary home decor, Beach homes, Mid-Century styles, Industrial and...

Hand painted and hand poured tiles are very different from each other and are actually completely different types of tile. While ceramic tiles are hand painted with glazes and pigments, cement tiles are hand poured with the design set into the tile itself. This difference is what makes cement tiles so much more durable and long-lasting than ceramic tiles. But that’s not all cement tiles are good for. They offer many more benefits and can be used in a number of ways both in and outside your home or business. Learn more about the features and benefits of handmade cement tiles here.
so this friday, on the perch of the future, clé is committing to the bigger question with our promise of smaller ongoing actions that we trust when woven together will make for bigger results. today, we commit to trying our best to support the greater whole. we commit to not turning away from the harder questions. we commit to sharing ourselves and our resources with those in need. we commit to using our talents to better the world around us. we commit to being better people. we commit to acting out of love and not hate.
 It is expected that 2%-3% of your tile arrives damaged (chipped or scratched), since our tiles are primarily handmade, hand picked and hand packed exposing the product to breakage, therefore slight surface issues are standard. The best practice is to order at least 10% more than your project requirements to cover allow for these issues, as well as other breakage during installation.

We also regret using cement tiles. They look great on day 1, but even properly sealed they stain. We are very careful with our tiles, but inevitably something will happen. Once we accidentally dripped toilet bowl cleaner on the floor and they literally bleached the tile, even though it was cleaned immediately. Also, we have a floating toilet and there is a definite urine stain below the bowl for all the times guests "miss". This does not come out even with some good scrubbing. The recommended solution for stains is to sand and reseal the floor. I don't mind a "lived in" look, but I certainly don't like pee stains and drip marks from each time I accidentally spill something. And I am certainly not planning to sand and seal my bathroom floor every one or two years, per the manufacturers suggestions.
this week we are continuing our celebration of mixing high/lo to give you design inspiration for any project no matter your budget. these mesmerizing pairings of our artists' tile collection mixed with our clé classics are the perfect start to help you create your own dream tile combinations. whether you are creating a space with your pennies or your black american express clé has tile options for you. 
It’s no doubt that cement tiles are a trendy design feature in new and renovated homes nowadays. But in order to make them look their best in a particular space, there are a few considerations to make. Tile size is one of them. In this article, we share our top tips for deciding on the concrete tile size that will work best in your space, to accentuate the right areas and deliver the style you’re going for. You’ll learn how different variations of tile sizes change the way a space looks and feels, and how you can take advantage of that for your unique home or business.

Cement tiles are great for floors in so many ways and will no doubt make a great addition to your home or business remodel. Tiling your own floor is definitely something you can achieve, but you need to know how to do it right. Cement floor tiles are handmade artisan products that deliver a look no other material can provide, and it’d be awful to damage your investment by installing them improperly. From the layout to choosing the right grout and sealant, each step is important. In this post, we explain the process of installing a cement tile floor and what you need to look out for when choosing concrete floor tiles.
If the question in your mind now is, which is the best tile store near me, we have an answer to that, too. Choose Westside Tile and Stone as your concrete tile store. We have been concrete tile contractors for a long period now. Our experience has helped us get hold of the best encaustic concrete tiles in countless patterns and designs. Shop a huge variety of concrete tiles at our showroom that offers the utmost quality cement tiles at very reasonable rates.
Whether you’re looking to add color, pattern, texture, or a one-of-a-kind feature in your home or business, cement tiles can completely change the look and feel of a space and make it your own. If you have a room, like a kitchen, that is boring and lacks personality, cement tiles will instantly add style and visual interest. And the great thing about that is, you don’t need an expensive full renovation to do it. All you may need are concrete tiles from our cement tile shop to transform your space and turn it from blah to wow, with color and pattern.
The technique of creating mission cement tiles came to Mexico through Spanish artisans. Handmade mission cement tiles take a special mold for each design. The process involves blending high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. Unlike other varieties, cement tiles do not use glazes or a kiln. Rather, they undergo hydrolysis and they harden through their soak in vats of water. Solidifying the material with a hydraulic press gives these tiles exceptional resistance and superior strength.
I had searched around but found no one with authentic Moroccan tiles (some are from China, so don't be fooled). Then I found Zellij Gallery I decided to see if they had genuine Moroccan tiles & they did! I was super exciting. The moment I entered I felt welcomed. They had a great selection, beautiful designs, great colors to choose from. I decided to go with intricate Fassi design tiles, which represented the true Moroccan beauty as well as it would brighten up my kitchen. For the flooring, the Sala sheets composed of 2x2 inch Moroccan tiles in the color bone looked remarkable. Once my order was delivered. Faissel went a step further and came to assist the installers by making sure the tiles were done properly. He was extremely helpful! The end result was incredible. I'm happy with my design choices and recommend Zellij Gallery to all wanting to add unique, historic, and modern design into their homes. Thank you!! I can't recommend Zellij Gallery highly enough!
Rustico Cement Tiles transform spaces into works of art. Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring. Concrete tile patterns add to many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial, Modern and Contemporary home...
They went to France to learn the technique then came back and set up shop in Grenada, starting a factory that makes the eco-friendly, sensational cement tiles. "Not only are these handmade cement tiles strong, durable and scratch and stain resistant, they have a vintage beauty that can be very versatile," says Marcos. "The tiles’ bold patterns and dynamic colors can look just as beautiful in a historic mansion as in a new loft."
Inspired by the intricate natural beauty of a spiderweb, the 8" x 9" Blue Widow Hex tile transforms into a work of abstract art when it’s installed on your walls or floors. Cobalt and sky blues naturally create a calming effect, perfect for spa-inspired bathrooms. The geometric design of this encaustic tile comes alive as a diamond motif lending modern appeal to entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more.
The apparent simplicity of the Rogue Hex encaustic tile is deceptive. Inspired by tessellations, or repeated, close-fitting polygons, the diamonds and triangles on this hexagon tile can be flipped in different directions to create cubes and other geometric designs. Design a chic black-and-white accent wall or entryway floor with timeless style using 8" x 9" Rogue encaustics.
as we move into 2017 we wanted to pause to appreciate what an amazing year 2016 has been for clé. we launched a new website, won an interior design best of year award, grew our team (we are now a whopping 20 people), and worked with so many wonderful and talented clients. even though it is quite fitting that a zany encaustic cement tile would be our biggest seller (let's be honest... 2016 was pretty crazy), it has been a wonderful year for clé. so cheers to you and 2016!
Concrete tiles are often produced by local manufacturers and use recycled materials, such as crushed glass, recycled aggregates, and silica fume (a byproduct from other industrial processes). In addition, concrete tiles are so durable, they rarely require replacement. If you ever do decide to replace them, the concrete can be recycled. Read more about the eco-friendly benefits of concrete.
The pigment composition is a mixture of high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. The individual patterns are made by manually applying separate pigments, one by one, in a handmade copper mold. This incredibly delicate and skilled process can only be performed by highly trained artisans with many years of experience creating handmade encaustic cement tile.
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