If you’re in the process of designing or remodeling a bathroom, you’ll love to know that cement tiles are not only a stylish option but a practical one for your space. With the ability to withstand moisture and constant use, cement bathroom tiles are great options for both the floors and walls in a bathroom. In this post, learn all the many benefits of choosing cement tiles for bathroom floors and walls, including the shower, the many ways to use them creatively, and our favorite designs that are both classic and trendy. Even if you changed only the tile in your bathroom, you’ll end up with a completely different space!
Cement tile works exceptionally well in backsplashes, because it functions as an accent piece which can match many very different styles. As an accent piece, cement tile can bring liveliness to both rustic and modern kitchen designs, as well as everything else in between. We offer a wide array of different colors and textures, so you can choose the option that best fits your kitchen. If you feel a bit uncertain about which tile to choose, no need to worry! We can send you samples, so you can compare colors and patterns in person.
Inspired by the look of a knight’s shield, create a medieval crest pattern all your own with the Nara encaustic tile. The bold geometric design in black, grey and white is tempered by the soft, feminine arabesque shape. Use Nara to create a boldly patterned wall or floor or pair it with our other encaustic arabesques to develop your own individual design.
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.
since our beginning at clé, we have become known for our tile collaborations with artists and designers, however, it is our long-term aim to broaden everyone's concept of tile and to transform it from being a functional backdrop to a more artful, provocative facet of our surroundings. to that end we have sought out heirloom quality tiles from across the globe. our tile offerings now extend from classic moroccan zellige (which we helped put on the map in the US), glazed raku-fired tiles from Vietnam, rustic italian terracotta and carrara stone to thin clay bricks domestically sourced.
this has been a constant theme at clé. and recently, we’ve been asking ourselves this question, not just in the way we select our products, support our artists, work with our clients and engage with our team mates. but we’ve also been asking ourselves the bigger question- how can we make a difference every day for one another, in our communities and in our world.
Backsplash tiles are usually small to medium sized tiles and can be ceramic, porcelain or cement. They are meant to provide a water-resistant and durable barrier between the wall of the kitchen and all of the messes from cooking. Backsplash tiles help to prevent staining and water damage on the wall, and provide a stylistic touch with the nearly unlimited amount of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from.
While you’re putting cement tile on the walls, don’t forget about the laundry room! Beautiful laundry rooms are not just for the people of Pinterest (or Jamie and Morgan in our video about installing Erizo Blue cement tile, which you can see on our Installation page. Jamie and Morgan used Erizo Blue cement tile as their pop of color!). You could use our cement tile as a lovely accent behind your laundry room sink and washer/dryer: an unexpected statement piece to liven what, in most homes, is a very boring room.
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.
Some tiles are hand-pressed, others machine pressed. The hand-pressed can be more delicate or fragile because the pressing can be inconsistent. I'm not saying all hand-pressed are to be avoided, you can simply get better consistency when they are hydraulically pressed. If you're getting them from a large manufacturer, they are likely hydraulically pressed.
Cement tiles, concrete tiles, ceramic tiles, and porcelain tiles… if you’ve started looking into different tile materials, chances are you’ve gotten a bit confused at all of the options and what makes them better or worse. In your search, a term you may have come across is encaustic. What exactly does it mean, and does it apply to cement and ceramic tiles? In this post, we explain the meaning of encaustic for tiles and how it applies to concrete and ceramic tiles. If you have any confusion over this term, or simply how ceramic tiles and cement tiles are made, this post is for you.

Cement tiles – also known as encaustic tiles - are quickly becoming a trendy design option for home and business owners of all kinds, tastes, and budgets. However modern they may seem, cement tile has been used in homes and shops since the end of the 19th century. Only the wealthiest and most prestigious had cement tiles in their homes and businesses for their superior quality and durability, and for their one-of-a-kind designs. Nowadays, just about anyone can take advantage of the beauty and benefits of this product. If you’re interested in furnishing your home or business with an artisanal, handmade product, then cement tiles from Granada Tile are what you’ve been searching for.
Westside Tile and Stone specialize in high-quality concrete tiles and cement tiles that can be used to install kitchen countertops and backsplash tile. The company offers a wide range of colors and patterns to suit the customer’s preferences for the kitchen design. With highly market competitive rates, Westside Tile and Stone ensure that the concrete backsplash tile will last longer and provide stunning aesthetics for any kitchen. To know your options in terms of concrete tile for the kitchen, contact Westside Tile and Stone today. The experts will guide you through great options and offer an estimated quote.
I love, love the look, but they are high maintenance. I got white and light gray tiles in the bathrooms, definitely do not recommend white or light colored cement tiles. They stain very easily. The installation is also a challange. Like others said, sealing before grouting (once) and more than three times after is a must. First picture shows tiles after less than a year in use. Second pictures shows freshly installed tiles. My husband never wants this tiles again, and we are already thinking of replacing them in the guest bathroom.
You're not limited to a predetermined color palette as is typical with factory-produced tile. With concrete, you can customize the color of your tiles to blend with your décor, such as choosing a shade that complements the wallpaper in your kitchen. Concrete tile manufacturers offer thousands of color options, ranging from soft natural earth tones to vibrant cherry reds. You can go with a uniform color or add more character by dreaming up a custom color blend. Read more about coloring concrete.
We now stock 4″ x 4″ solid colors of our handmade cement tile in black, white and grey. These smaller tiles work great for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, shower floors and bar areas. They also look amazing when mixed together with our larger 8″ or 12″ solid cement tiles and coordinate with many of our most popular patterns. The possibilities are endless!
Jordan Design-Build Group is a full-service residential design-build firm serving the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. For a recent remodel project a client wanted to go big and bold in the kitchen whilst maintaining an eclectic style. Using our Patchwork Random selection of colorful cement tiles, they created a ceiling-high backsplash that acts as the focal point of the room. (All photos © 2015 Stacy Zarin-Goldberg Photography.)

First of all, if your tiles are light colored, use a white colored setting material. Similarly, use a darker setter for darker tiles. Install the tiles by following the instructions. Use a wet saw if you need to cut the tiles. Once the tiles are set, clean them with a mop or cloth after 48 hours to get rid of any excessive grout. Make sure you seal your tiles in place with a sealer. In case of cracks, use a concrete patch material that you can find in the stores easily. Fill in the cracks and then, seal them in place.


**So glad** you mentioned Villa Lagoon! Lundy (the most gorgeous, both in body and heart), the owner, helped me with our laundry room (now changing room) project eight years ago. I wanted a colorful crazy quilt and Lundy definitely ensured I got what I wanted, including a good mix of black to help ground the pattern(s). I did investigate Popham but back then they were still only in Morocco, not yet in the US with Ann Sacks, and, while lovely, they were (are?) a bit more mod than I wanted (although I do like their Rings) and MUCH more $$$ than Villa Lagoon.
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.
Adhesive, tile spacers, notched trowel, bucket, tape measure, grout and grout sponge. Tip: Pick a grout color that complements your tile, avoid an exact color match. Select one that will be easy to keep clean and try to stay away from bright white, unless you love scrubbing. Seal the cement tiles with a penetrating sealer like HydraGuard first. Install it. Then seal the grout. The sealer protects from grout staining. Premixed grout with sealer is not the best, so use with sanded grout and then seal it. It’s a far better process and better protection.

Rustico Tile and Stone cement tiles can be used in residential and commercial applications including, but not limited to: hand-crafted tile flooring, wall tile, stair tile, backsplash tile, ceiling tile, on counter tops, as swimming pool tile and pool decking tile, and as fountain tile. They can be used indoors and outdoors. Cement tiles lend themselves to architectural styles such as Spanish colonial, Santa Fe, Moorish, Minimalist, Contemporary, Rustic, and Mediterranean.


This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic white 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.
I have trouble with long-term monogamous commitments to color. (It’s not you, color, it’s me.) My favorite color changes on a regular basis. It is currently orange. Last year it was blue. Knowing this about myself, I began to explore all of the black, white and grey options. Some people think of these shades as the ho-hum neutrals. I think of them as the stable counterpart to capricious color-changing moods.
Every design in the Traditional Collection can be customized. Pick a design and select the colors. With a 300 square foot minimum, it’s made and shipped directly to you. This collection is made up of a series of designs and color schemes that are sought by designers, architects, and homeowners around the world. Our cement tile is of an excellent quality and manufactured in Mexico.
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.

 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.
At Riad Tile, we take a great deal of pride in our tile and the people who make them, so we work hard to create the finest products possible. Each of our handmade tiles reflects the effort spent to create them, so we thoroughly enjoy seeing put into action in new and creative ways. A tile backsplash is a practical and stylish way to enjoy our tiles and show off your design preferences. Feel free to contact us and receive a sample of our tile today!
Please note: clé ships orders through a third party shipping company and cannot change the policies held by said company. Failure to schedule a delivery appointment with our shipping company within 72 hours of your order can result in storage fees and/or return shipment and re-delivery costs, for which you’ll be responsible to pay. Should you miss your scheduled delivery appointment, our shipping company has the authority to charge up to $400 or more, for which you’ll be responsible to pay. Additional fees may be applied for consecutive missed delivery appointments.
While you’re putting cement tile on the walls, don’t forget about the laundry room! Beautiful laundry rooms are not just for the people of Pinterest (or Jamie and Morgan in our video about installing Erizo Blue cement tile, which you can see on our Installation page. Jamie and Morgan used Erizo Blue cement tile as their pop of color!). You could use our cement tile as a lovely accent behind your laundry room sink and washer/dryer: an unexpected statement piece to liven what, in most homes, is a very boring room.
The Erica Tanov exclusive collaboration with Clé Tile is a modern take on an historic tile that, over the past 150 years, has been referred to by dozens of names including encaustic cement tiles, concrete tiles, hydraulicos, and cuban tiles. These alluring objects have stood the test of time and have echoed their beauty across many continents. Clé creates one of the finest cement tiles in the world, and this quality still permeates a surface which is muted, varied, matte and silky. Cement tiles' characteristically variegated colors make them one of today's most sought-after tiles for both walls and floors, indoors and out.
The tone of the tiles depends on the aesthetic you want. If you want something rustic, go for dark floors. For that gray toned cement tiles will look great. You can get polished concrete tiles for a smooth finish on the floor and for easy cleaning as well. It is also the better option for commercial purposes. Lighter tones are better if you want a bright home.
While hardly a modern material, encaustic tiles are very popular in the home decorating and interior design world. Homeowners of all tastes are turning towards tiles, specifically cement tiles, for their unique patterns, vivid colors, and practical qualities. If you’ve been looking into this endearing material, you may have come across varying terms and descriptions, and some confusion over what you’re actually looking for. Some sources describe encaustic cement tiles, and others say cement tiles aren’t actually encaustic. So which is it?
Entry: Yes. You can put cement tiles in your entry but it certainly sets the vibe for the whole house. If you have again a Mediterranean or a Spanish style house then go for it, but if you have an English Tudor, then be careful what pattern you go for and choose one that has a more delicate, traditional feeling. Also anything too light or simple will get worn easier so go for darker/busier so that the wear and tear doesn’t stand out so much.
If you’re looking for an easy and cost-effective way to update or refresh one of the rooms in your home, backsplash tile is a great option. Backsplash tiles offer the perfect pop of color, texture and pattern while adding to the functionality of the kitchen, by protecting the walls from splashes and stains. It’s a small enough area that it won’t overwhelm the space, but it makes a big impact on the entire kitchen.

clé celebrates this historic cement tile with our own modern take on a 150 year old tile crafting legacy. each encaustic cement tile is painstakingly hand crafted, one tile at a time, to create solid or patterned tiles formed from pigmented cement. the tiles are not fired in a kiln, but are cured in water for a lasting cement surface that is as stunning in its finish as it is good for the environment.

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