Tuesday Trends: Encaustic Tile

While encaustic tile is far from new, it has definitely been making a resurgence in recent years.  First used during medieval times, this material adds a certain level of rustic charm to any space.  Encaustic tiles are patterned ceramic tiles where the pattern is made of different colors of clay versus being glazed onto the surface.  This means the pattern will never wear off or wear down.  Traditionally, encaustic tiles have intricate patterns, but modern versions often feature more graphic designs in an array of colors.  You may have also heard this type of tile referred to as “cement tile” because it is now often made from cement.

Mediterranean-style homes incorporate this design element, but don’t be afraid to use it in a different way, no matter the style of your home.  This tile is definitely not for the faint of heart, it is a statement.  But that is part of it’s charm!  Here are some of our favorite places to add a healthy dose of encaustic tile.

The Foyer

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This foyer incorporates a blue patterned encaustic tile with white walls creating a great first impression! By keeping the walls and millwork simple, the floor really creates a statement.

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This entry floor is not subtle and that’s what I love about it! With this much pattern, the floor basically becomes a great rug and really sets the tone for this space.

The Living Room

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This eclectic space utilizes a fun modern cement tile for the floor.  The large scale pattern really grounds the space, allowing the rest of the materials to add uniqueness to the space.

The Kitchen

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The encaustic tile in this space uses soft colors pulled from the countertops and cabinets to create a focal point that reinforces the design elements seen throughout.

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Not only is the encaustic tile in this kitchen behind the range, it’s in the dog bowl area. Talk about a fun use of color and subtle pattern!

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A great graphic floor is paired with more traditional elements in this space creating a fresh combination.

The Bathroom

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A combination of unique materials – marble, walnut, grey porcelain tile, glass and cement tile – create a beautifully modern yet warm space!

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Proving the patterns of encaustic tile don’t need to be stark and dramatic, this soothing bathroom combines whites, greys and a floral pattern with brass to create a spa-like bath.

The Laundry Room

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Who wouldn’t want to do laundry in this space? The black and white small pattern on the encaustic tile plus the terra cotta floor, black countertops, white cabinets and dutch door, create a truly modern feel.

The Fireplace

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The living room in this updated Mediterranean-style bungalow features encaustic tile on the traditional fireplace.  The combination of the encaustic tile plus patterned drapery, a unqiue light fixture and a pop of yellow reinforce the overall feel of the space.

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