MEXICAN HANDICRAFTS, VIBRANCY, CHARACTER, STYLE At Terra Artesana, we believe that there's nothing more important than making life, our surroundings and our interactions with each other as beautiful, colorful and caring as possible. Our elegantly handcrafted Mexican Arts can invite something new into your life, bringing the essence of culture and passion into your home. Design. Decorate. Live. Laugh.
Does that necessarily make it bad? I grilled the tile pro who did beautiful things with subway and hex tiles in our third floor Airbnb bathroom. James Taylor has been tiling for almost 20 years and there were no ifs, and, or buts when it came to his feelings about cement tile. "I don't even know why it was ever made, to be honest with you," he said.
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.
Whether it’s spills, splashes, or splatters, the kitchen is often on the receiving end of some pretty tough messes. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up with a kitchen covered in food stains and grease spatters, which can lead to a dingy appearance or even lingering odors. In our opinion, the kitchen should be a source of comfort; a place where families and friends can gather around, share a meal, and spend quality time together. We love to see kitchens live up to their potential. That’s why we at Riad love to see our cement tiles being used to create kitchen backsplashes.
It starts with installation, he said. "It's really inconsistent in size and that makes installation take longer because you're trying to make up for the size difference. It's not symmetrical in any way, shape, or form." When it comes to grouting, even with using sealing products to prevent issues, "Oh my goodness it's a pain—it's so porous, it sucks the pigment of the grout in and it's hard to get it off," he said.
No, cement tiles are not truly encaustic, but it is an acceptable label for cement tiles, also known as inlaid tiles. When cement tiles were first introduced during the mid-1800s, the Victorians thought they looked just like encaustic tiles which have been around for centuries, and mistakenly started referring to them as encaustic tiles also. Since then, the term has been widely used interchangeably to describe these two tile art forms.
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Trends come and go; what is popular and beautiful today, is second best tomorrow in the design world. So it’s no surprise if you’re feeling a little skeptical to use patterned cement tiles in your home, and worried that this fad will be yet another passing trend. But cement tiles are here to stay. In fact, they never left. Cement tiles have been used for over 150 years in grand residences and public buildings.
While Granada Tile does not have any physical stores or showrooms, our extensive online cement tile store and information center provides far more convenience and possibilities than you could find in a typical brick-and-mortar store. You can browse each of our collections right in the comfort of your home, or, you can pick and choose the patterns, sizes, and colors of concrete tiles you like best, to create your own custom design. Browse through our blog to get ideas for patterns, combinations, layouts, and applications. And get inspired by the amazing transformations we’ve been a part of in our online Lookbooks.
Using a tile saw, I made the first few cuts. (We rent most of our tools from a local rental company, but Home Depot rents a wide variety of tools for DIYers.) The key to getting the backsplash level vertically and horizontally was all riding on the first row. The shape of the opening for the stove required that I cut off the bottom of the first four tiles. Because the height was slightly off on the left and right side, I used scraps of cardboard to raise the tile on the left side the negligible amount necessary to make it perfectly level with the right side.
Adding new cement tiles to a bathroom will instantly give it updated style and personality, and can help you create a spa-like environment, or a funky bathroom that really speaks to your taste. You don’t even need to tear everything out and the bathroom sink to make a significant visual impact and add perceived value. And, the best part is, it can often be a DIY job. If you’re wanting to make a real change in your bathroom, we suggest tiling the walls and inside the shower. Don’t know how and worried that you’ll install your concrete tiles incorrectly? Don’t be! Just follow this step-by-step post for tiling a bathroom wall and you’ll have everything you need to do it right.
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.
MeaLu Casablanca 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Blue 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. Because this is handmade tile, there are characteristics to be expected including variations in size, thickness...
MEXICAN HANDICRAFTS, VIBRANCY, CHARACTER, STYLE At Terra Artesana, we believe that there's nothing more important than making life, our surroundings and our interactions with each other as beautiful, colorful and caring as possible. Our elegantly handcrafted Mexican Arts can invite something new into your life, bringing the essence of culture and passion into your home. Design. Decorate. Live. Laugh.
Proper installation and protection of cement tile is key to enjoying its lasting beauty. Please ensure that tile is laid by a licensed tile installer. Encaustic cement tiles are installed in both commercial and residential environments, from restaurants and retail stores to kitchens, bathrooms, shower walls, shower floors, patios, and living areas.
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