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Trend Watch: Cement Encaustic Tiles

INSPIRATION

It seems only yesterday that the design world and blogosphere were prophesizing the now ubiquitous reign of white subway tile. Over the course of the last several years, those shiny, 3×6 rectangles have popped up everywhere, from the backsplashes of trendy kitchens to the walls of chic hotel bathrooms. These days, however, designers and architects seem to have moved onto an altogether different form of surface covering: cement encaustic tiles.

Distinct because of their use of inlayed pigmented clay (rather than a painted surface), encaustic tiles have a long and illustrious history, dating from the middle ages onward. Cement encaustic tiles in particular came into vogue during the mid-nineteenth century after they were displayed by the company Garret & Rivet at the 1867 Paris Exposition. A long-lasting, durable surface, cement encaustic tiles are a wonderful way to impart pattern and color into unexpected places. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite examples of these back-on-trend beauties.

Blue and White Bathroom Tile

Blue and white cement bathroom tile

Blue and white tiles cover every surface of this Long Beach, California bathroom. Via Apartment Therapy.

Black and White Kitchen Tile

black and white kitchen floor tile

Illusionistic block tiles play off the rectilinear elements in this kitchen designed by architects Egue y seta. Via Houzz.

Blue and White Cement Tile

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A tile backsplash continues into the floor of this Hollywood home by Shubin +Donaldson.

Black and White Bath Tile

lacquer tub black and white bathroom

Architect Steven Whiting used patterned black and white tile to add softness to the industrial look of this bathroom. Photo by Sharyn Cairns. Via Vogue Living.

Black and Gold Wall Tile

black and gold tile bathroom wall

A simple pattern of mint green and white triangles decorates this Portugal kitchen. Design by Sara Antunes Mário Ferreira Arquitectos, photo by José Campos. Via Divisare.

Green Cement Floor Tile

geometric cement tile blue kitchen

Black and white tiles ornament the floor of designer Jessica Helgerson’s “Alhambra” kitchen.

Moroccan Kitchen Tile

black and white moroccan tile kitchen design

Tiles by Mosaics Marti decorate the floor of this luxurious Barcelona apartment. Design by David Kohn.

Retro Mosaic Tile

spanish mosaic tile urban living room

Claesson Koivisto Rune’s “Marrakech” tiles, handmade in Morocco.

Blue Moroccan Tiles

blue circles cement tile floor

A São Paulo home designed by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Image via Non Sono Qui.

Colorful Mosaic Tile

colorful mosaic cement tile flooring

Black and white patterned tiles dress up this Portland, Oregon bathroom. Via The New York Times.

Encaustic Bath Tile

black and white encaustic tile master bathroom

An array of cement tiles acts as a “carpet” beneath the dining table in this kitchen by Pikcells.

Patterned Kitchen Tile

patterned cement tile floor white kitchen

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