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Handmade Cement Tiles


Handcrafted cement tiles are coming in more sizes and colors than ever before. The look stands out on its own and can make a striking yet subtle statement. A room with these tiles does not need much else for ornamentation, and can fit into a traditional space as well as a contemporary design, like the kitchen pictured below. The tiles can be made with soft muted colors, or bright and interesting color and pattern combinations fitted to your personal style. As it turns out, cement tiles are also a green and Eco-conscious choice.

The manufacturing process to produce cement tiles, originally termed “Encaustic” tiles, has not changed much since the 1850s. Cement is often sourced locally and does not need to be fired like ceramic clay. Instead, traditional cement tiles are formed by combining cement, marble powder, and natural pigments. They are then put into a hydraulic press, mold, and then air-dried to create an extremely durable end product.

Cement tiles are also easy to clean, non-flammable, non-polluting, recyclable, and naturally insulating, helping to keep surfaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And of course, they’re absolutely beautiful!

Kitchen Tiles – A Closer Look

In an earlier blog,  I wrote about our client who started with the backsplash for inspiration and then we designed from there to select all of the other materials for the kitchen. A question was asked about the tiles so I thought maybe others would be interested as well. While most man-made tiles are manufactured, like the glass tiles used in this backsplash, the larger tiles surrounding the gorgeous glass ones here are actually each made by hand! These exquisite tiles are made by Pratt & Larson in the metallic color C603. The glass tiles are from Glazzio, their Boardwalk collection. Some say the “devil is in the details,” but in this case, we think the details make all the difference!

Kitchen Design Starting with the Backsplash

We recently revisited our client whose kitchen we completed in January. We started chatting about the kitchen and how much they were loving the space. A fact I had forgotten was that the backsplash was the inspiration for the rest of the kitchen design palette. The homeowner loved a striking combination of tiles we had shown her on a story board and all other materials were chosen from there. My smart phone does not do justice to these photos, but we will have the kitchen shot by our photographer in the coming months and will share much more with you then.

Below, a couple of snapshots of the kitchen backsplash and surrounding tiles. Notice the variance of color throughout the tile with varying hues of brown and copper juxtaposed the rich glass tiles.

Below, a snapshot of the large island that is a centerpiece of the kitchen. The beautiful marble countertop is made even more dramatic with a three-inch lip that our expert fabricator made to make the marble look twice as thick as it really is.