Cement Tiles -Friday Favorites

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.

Cement Patterned Tile

French cement tile from the 1800s, via My French Country Home

Cement Patterned Tile

Saigon Post Office, 1800s original tile via Via Lagoon Tile.

Cement Patterned 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.

Cement Patterned Tile

Love how this design continued into the shower.

Cement Patterned Tile

Love the different colors in this tile below.Cement Patterned Tile

Below is my French farmhouse bathroom.

Farmhouse Bathroom with Patterned Encaustic Cement Tile

For you all-neutral fans, this bathroom below is up your alley!

Cement Patterned Tile

If I hadn’t chosen the tile that I did for my bathroom, I would’ve gone with the tumbling blocks pattern below.

Cement Patterned Tile


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!

Cement Patterned Tile

The dandelion pattern below is very popular too!

Cement Patterned Tile

You can pick colorful tiles to go in your kitchen! Love the pops of red here!

Cement Patterned Tile

This kitchen below is so beautiful! i love the backsplash and the refrigerator! The cement tiles work well with traditional kitchens.

Cement Patterned Tile

And they work with more modern kitchens below!

Cement Patterned Tile

Also can be used as fireplace tile!

Cement Patterned Tile

I think the tiles are popular because they go well with all styles – traditional through modern!

Cement Patterned Tile

Prominent tile manufacturers – Ann Sacks, Bedrosians, Cement Tile Shop,

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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  1. February 13, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Wow! What a great collection of ideas! I have been obsessing over this look for while and just did a fireplace makeover to create this look….i didn’t have the budget for tiles so i stenciled it but I love all this inspiration. Thanks for sharing for our Friday Friends Parade Linky Party!

    • February 13, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you! I saw your pretty fireplace! I think the stencils work well for walls and low traffic areas but would start to show a lot of wear in our bathroom with time.

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