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.
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.

This is a great question. I have not corrected our issue yet. However, after a lot of thought, I think I am going to use painted wood trim as edging. Unfortunately, cement tile does not come with finishing trim pieces. I wonder if the companies that make them will ever address that issue, especially now that this style of tile is so popular. I suppose it is really meant for the floor, but cement tile makes such a beautiful backsplash material.


Bathrooms: I just installed these tiles from Erin Adams design in my own bathroom and my search for those is what started this whole thing. Most cement tiles will work either on the floor or walls of your bathroom, but check with the manufacturer as some tiles will need to be sealed before they get a lot of foot traffic and water on them. Again, seal them after install and ideally keep sealing every couple years as needed.
This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic sky-blue 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.
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.)
All patterns depicted are available as custom tile using our South Beach Collection color palette. You can ensure availability and choose your own colors with custom tile if your schedule can permit 10-14 weeks for production and delivery. While our custom tile does have a slightly different price schedule, pricing is similar, and sometimes lower with custom tile. Custom tile requires a 50 square foot minimum order (small order fees may apply below 100 square feet).
but, let’s face it- how we are dressed represents our first calling card. so naturally, it’s good to make the right impression- yes? and following in a close second for personal design acuity is our growing home fashion sense. again, thanks to the internet we seem to be finely tuning our skills with regard to fitting our nests with the latest and greatest. our access to more home design inspiration (blogs, tv, the web) has become one of our favorite past-times, turning our eye toward a universe of possibilities we probably would have never experienced, otherwise. 
"We are particularly fond of our Eastern Earthenware line that is made by a sixth generation tile maker in Vietnam - a country that has a long legacy of tile making. The tiles are wood fired which means that there is a lot of variation in the color and texture for each batch. No one tile is identical to another but rather a medley of hues. Getting people to understand how special these differences are has not only been an education but when clients finally get it, they are also completely enamored and willing to think of tile not just as a uniform, monochrome surface but to consider it more as a piece of art."
Similar to the previous place, it’s a gallery style set up with a vast Arabesque mosaic pattern as the focal point. The reddish-brown earth tone chosen for the walls is the perfect backdrop for the firm’s handcrafted ceramic tile products, and it’s not unlike some of the colors you can find in the Medina of Marrakech. The sea grass flooring, the water feature surrounded by moss, the succulents featured in the soffit niches, the custom made brass lanterns, and the eclectic world music all provide for an almost spa-like experience.
New from Sausalito-based Cle Tiles: the Artist Cement Collection of handmade encaustic cement tiles designed by 11 artist studios located in the US, Europe, and South America. The series includes designs by architects, artists, designers, and sculptors (and includes pieces from Erica Tanov, a Remodelista favorite). Here’s a selection of the offerings:
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.
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.

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.
If an item states "ships within 5-10 business days" it means the item is in stock and ready to ship. 10 business days is the maximum processing time for our warehouse to place the order on a truck to ship out. Once the order is on a truck, transit time ranges from 1-5 business days to transport from our California warehouse to various locations across the country. You can expect to receive in stock items within 1-3 weeks of the order being placed.
With our Euro partner, Mosaico, we provided the tile for this London England UK kitchen and outdoor terrace. We love the clean, crisp look and how the small kitchen is made so much larger by the extension of the matching outdoor terrace. The client wrote, "We love the tiles so much...You can see we have bi-folding doors that lead into the external courtyard area... in the spring and summertime it really open up our little kitchen. We are very pleased with the result."

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.
Where hard woods stop, decorative cement tiles are just getting started. The design options range from neutral tones and simple curves and lines, to bold and modern designs, to colorful and whimsical, to eclectic, and ethnic. When you’ve decided to add concrete tiles in your space, the first step will be choosing the atmosphere you want to evoke. After that, you can choose a single tile design, mix and match various styles, incorporate multiple colors and patterns, or you can contact our design professionals to have a design custom made for you. Call us today at 213-788-4238 to get started transforming your space with cement tiles!
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