As I wrote about my French farmhouse bathroom with cement tiles earlier this week, I thought I would continue on the cement tile theme for today!
The first modern cement tiles were made in the 1850s in France. It spread to Spain, Cuba and Latina America. There are older examples but this is the time period that it started to gain popularity.
Below, a bathroom done in the popular Tulum pattern from Cement tile shop.
French cement tile from the 1800s, via My French Country Home
Saigon Post Office, 1800s original tile via Via Lagoon Tile.
Cement tiles are handmade and are made of 3 layers that are hydraulically pressed together. You have to seal the tile before and after grouting.
The design on the tile below is extremely popular.
Love how this design continued into the shower.
Love the different colors in this tile below.
Below is my French farmhouse bathroom.
For you all-neutral fans, this bathroom below is up your alley!
If I hadn’t chosen the tile that I did for my bathroom, I would’ve gone with the tumbling blocks pattern below.
The tile is very popular in kitchens as well. It is commonly used as a backsplash but also as flooring. I would not do it as both, however! Choose one or the other!
The dandelion pattern below is very popular too!
You can pick colorful tiles to go in your kitchen! Love the pops of red here!
This kitchen below is so beautiful! i love the backsplash and the refrigerator! The cement tiles work well with traditional kitchens.
And they work with more modern kitchens below!
Also can be used as fireplace tile!
I think the tiles are popular because they go well with all styles – traditional through modern!
There are many cost-effective alternatives that will give you the look. Check out Home Depot, Overstock, Tilebar and Wayfair. There are porcelain tiles that look very similar to the cement tiles – and frankly, I think if you are going to use them in a shower or as a backsplash, the porcelain tiles are a better alternative as there is less maintenance!
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