Cement tiles have risen in popularity recently. Although they’ve been around for decades as a durable and versatile material, these sustainable tiles are making a comeback as a major component of home design. The process to make them is rather involved, as each piece is made by hand. However, this customized process also gives them virtually limitless design options. The downside is that cement is porous and the tile requires it be sealed before installation and after. Here, we’ll cover how to style and integrate the versatile cement tile into your home.
Perhaps the most obvious way to incorporate cement tiles is throughout the bathroom. Cement tiles are resilient and thick, and often not slippery even when wet, making them the perfect choice for bathrooms. They can cover floors or walls and can be made in bright and ornate patterns.
Cement tile is a great option for smaller bathroom spaces because they can really make a space pop and alleviate the need for too many decorations. Try using cement tile as an accent in the shower, mix it with a more budget-friendly option, or cover the floor in a fun design. This way, the rest of your space can be minimal in color, price, and design.
Incorporating cement tile into your kitchen backsplash is an excellent choice for similar reasons: Once sealed the tile is resistant to water and can be paired with other plain or patterned tiles, or complementary or contrasting colors in appliances or cabinets, to create a unique look. Pairing a geometric kitchen backsplash with bright cabinets is one of the top 2019 kitchen design trends. Don’t be afraid to add some funky and creative cement tile to a backsplash to spice up a bland space!
Cement tile is perfect in small places! Entryways are a great place to display your style, from subtle accents to grandeur archways. On entryways or walls, cement tile can be used as a substitute for molding or wainscotting — providing the perfect accent material. You could also consider placing a cement tile accent in a line through your foyer or dining room floor, almost mimicking a long rug, to break up a big room.
One of the other advantages of cement tiles is that they can also be used to replicate the appearance of other types of material. Cement tiles can be made to look like many things, so it can add some texture to a space. Cement tile can add a splash of color and really elevate the design of a space.
Just as a geometric tile backsplash can make a kitchen more exciting, a geometric tile decoration within a living room draws the eye as people enter into the room. You may also consider traditional or plain cement tile in this space if you want a more subdued (but still beautiful!) look.
Cement tile is also often used around a fireplace. This is the perfect place for it; it typically doesn’t require too much tile and thus, is a nice way to incorporate the hand made tile without having a large enough budget to use the tile on a full room. Polished cement can be used for a more modern, elegant look, or a patterned mantel can act as a unique focal point or contrast in a living room. You could also continue the cement tile throughout a hearth to maximize the look.
Since it’s not slippery and relatively easy to clean, this tile makes the perfect base for mudrooms and laundry rooms. If you’re hesitant to try cement tile, these rooms are often the first place to consider it, since they’re often smaller, on the side of the house and not immediately guest-facing.
Adding cement tile to these rooms can greatly increase your home’s value. It is an easy way to pump up these smaller, often-overlooked utility rooms with permanent, beautiful decor.
Although cement tile can go just about anywhere in your house — from bedroom floors to breakfast nook walls — here are some of the top places you can incorporate cement tile into your home:
Be sure to have a lengthy conversation with your contractor if installing cement tile, and seek an expert’s help to ensure this quality material maximizes its look and lifespan in your home. Looking for more tile ideas for your house? Consider checking out our gallery of customer work — and come down to visit us! We can show you inspiring designs at our showrooms at Standard Tile.