We at Villa Lagoon Tile are all aflutter about the current issue of HGTV Magazine. In this July/August 2018 edition, you will be sure to spot the hippest little mid-century pad that just so happens to rock our cement tile! Owners Dave and Brennen together with the online design company Laurel & Wolf reimagined their condo right into … Continue reading Cement Tile: Not Just for the Floor Anymore!
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!

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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.)
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.
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."
Thanks, Julia. I think it feels traditional too. Right now, I think I will just leave the backsplash painted rather than add anything else. I may change my mind down the road. The area behind the sink is actually too narrow for any sort of backsplash at all. There is a window right there, and the apron goes down within an inch or two of the countertop.

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This MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in White/Gold 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 too many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial...
Make your kitchen look like one of those on Pinterest with cement tiles in a large pattern. The large, bold design will give your kitchen an instant upgrade that is fresh and totally unique. You don’t need to do a total remodel, or even change the cabinets, to make a huge impact. A few trending concrete tile kitchen floor designs are black and white geometric patterns, blue and white patterns, and a mix of creamy neutrals.

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.
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...
If you’re looking for a bold-floor look that is sure to be the focus of any room, encaustic tile is a perfect choice. These artistic tiles are made by dying cement tiles with two or more colors using mineral pigments and a mold, creating a beautiful and colorful design. Encaustic tile has a rich history, having been around since medieval times and reaching their height in the 1700–1800s when the tiles were able to be mass produced and became available to the general public. England, which was the historic center of production, still has the greatest amount of encaustic tile floors. When placed together on a floor, encaustic tiles create a repeating pattern that pairs perfectly with neutral wall colors. This look blends old-world style with modern colors and patterns into one unique and timeless tile.
If you’re looking for a bold-floor look that is sure to be the focus of any room, encaustic tile is a perfect choice. These artistic tiles are made by dying cement tiles with two or more colors using mineral pigments and a mold, creating a beautiful and colorful design. Encaustic tile has a rich history, having been around since medieval times and reaching their height in the 1700–1800s when the tiles were able to be mass produced and became available to the general public. England, which was the historic center of production, still has the greatest amount of encaustic tile floors. When placed together on a floor, encaustic tiles create a repeating pattern that pairs perfectly with neutral wall colors. This look blends old-world style with modern colors and patterns into one unique and timeless tile.

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.

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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.
Enjoy the organic subtleties of concrete with this precast ready to install tile. Urban Concrete is designed and manufactured to bring a natural feel with modern simplicity and classic, timeless beauty to any area. To achieve this, the tiles have natural variation and random shading in every piece and box; these are characteristics of concrete tiles made with cement. The varying shades, color, pattern and slight size differences enhance and further promote the natural look and feel of the...
Then it was my turn!  This was my first time installing cement tiles and I found it to be…well…pretty easy.  I used an acrylic, pre-mixed tile adhesive (mostly because I’m lazy and HATE mixing up mortar) and a trowel with large teeth.  Per the tile manufacturer’s instructions, I cleaned the back of each tile prior to laying them on the adhesive.  Cement tiles are heavier than any tiles I’ve worked with before, so I put extra care into making sure the backing was evenly applied with large grooves from the trowel.   I don’t want any of these suckers popping off the wall and falling into a pot of stew when I finally get the chance to cook in this kitchen!

I went type A exactly one time while mixing a custom paint color for the upstairs at the old house. It was a big room and I knew it would take two gallons, so I actually measured the paint components. And it worked – I got two gallons of paint that exactly matched each other! (However, if I ever need to do that again, I’ll just use a five gallon bucket do the usual add-color-til-it-looks-good method.)


In the whole process of building a boutique hotel from scratch - including the construction, media and interior design - Granada Tile was by far our most professional partner. We envisioned a place created with Nicaraguan resources and Granada Tile is preserving history and formatting it in a contemporary way as we did. The quality of the tiles is outstanding and we would reckon they will still be there in hundreds of years. There is just one way to go when you are looking for original high quality cement tiles.
One popular use of concrete tiles is mixing them with hardwoods in a more casual and eclectic entertainment space. Transition from hardwood floors to tile for a more food-and-drink-friendly space by placing honeycomb tiles piece by piece until they form a complete transition. The look is one that blends two totally different flooring materials in a cool and unexpected way.
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).
Handmade by artisans using ancient techniques, glazed Moroccan tiles (known as zellige) are fashioned from organic regional clay and glaze pigments. Because they are hand cut, they feature a distinctive, imperfect profile, which enhances their rustic character and adds a note of exotica to kitchens, baths, fireplace surrounds. Below are a few ideas for sourcing the tiles.

why do you caution against using permacolor grouts? Permacolor grouts are the newest iteration of grout development. it’s really great for color-fast qualities, however everything that makes it color fast is a demon to your beautiful cement tiles. first, the grout is colored with more intense pigments that will stain any unglazed stone, cement or unglazed tile. second, it is fast drying and less viscous than standard grouts and therefore there is a greater possibility of leaving a grout film. should grout film develop on your installation, it is generally irreparable.
Cement tiles are undoubtedly one of the most stylish and sought after home materials of the design world today. They add artisan-quality color and pattern in a space that just can’t be recreated with any other material. Not even ceramic or porcelain tiles match up. If you have a building or remodeling project you want to tackle in your home or business, be sure to consider cement tile floors. This project makes a big visual impact in a space, without taking over the other elements. It can also be a DIY project, which saves you money. Learn about the many benefits of cement tile floors here and get inspired.
This 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Gray/White 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.
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.
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