So #ihavethisthingwithfloors – thank you Instagram for feeding my obsession. Specifically, I have this thing with pretty encaustic cement tiles. Here are a few photos so you can be obsessed with this awesome trend too:
Source: Amber Interiors
Source: Wall Street Journal Designed By: Lars Bolander.
I started to notice the trend emerging in early 2015. The colorful patterned, or bold black and white tiles that matched together to form a larger design had me hooked at first sight. I had to know about these, they had to be mine. So I dug, and I pinned, and I researched, I googled, I figured it out – yay me [insert pat on the back here]!
As mentioned already, they are called Encaustic Cement Tiles. And they are bea-u-ti-ful. Encaustic refers to an art term that was used for metal enameling by applying a wax procedure that is no longer used. The intricate patterns and designs on these cement tiles mimic that encaustic enameling process. Cement tiles are not fired and are not glazed either. These puppies are handmade, which can make them very expensive depending on the process used to make them and the availability of the style you want.
Source: Cement Tile Shop
Encaustic tiles are not new to the design world; they have actually been around for more than 100 years – and you might still be able to find them in older buildings on the East Coast of the United States and in California and Florida thanks to a surge in popularity in the 1940’s. Like any [good] trend, they are once again popular. Lucky for us!
This is a design choice that you really have to be comfortable with, however. It’s a painstaking process to put in compared to normal ceramic or porcelain tiles [as you have to seal them multiple times], and given the price tag for just one of these puppies, it’s not something you are going to want to be changing out quickly. It’s a commitment to your floor [or where ever you’re putting them], you either love it or you don’t [think dating vs. marriage – this is marriage]– so be sure, real sure of your choice before embarking on this path. Depending on the pattern, I tend to like them best used in small areas, powder rooms, guest bathrooms, back splashes, entryways – but they look gorgeous in large spaces as well – it’s just a much bigger commitment. There are less expensive ‘replica’ options available – just not in as many colors or patterns – such as this option from Home Depot which we are using in our basement bathroom project. Similar look, but in porcelain, and a fraction of the price of real encaustic tiles:
However, if your after the real deal [and I totally would have been if my budget allowed] here are a few great sources to start your new favorite floor obsession:
3: Granada Tile
What do you think, is this something you want for your home, or do you think it is a quick passing trend?