Something surging in popularity lately is cement tiles with a heavy European influence. Extra points if the color is a bit subdued to imitate aged, slightly faded tile from another era. The range is captivating. The patterns pull from anywhere from encaustic Spanish tile or the geometric hallmarks of midcentury décor.
Though these tiles often have distinctive patterns, it’s becoming more and more common to mismatch them, creating an accent wall or a floor that’s 100% unique to your home.
Our Revival series (pictured) is a favorite. Its rich, warm golden shade is balanced by a cool blue-gray, arranged in floral and geometric patterns that are a true throwback to European artisanal tiles. For its diversity and timeless charm, it’s this week’s Product of the Week.
Something fun about these pieces is that the patterns are so unique that it’s easy to mix and match, but they look great arranged in their respective patterns too. Look at the way this tile fits in with this rustic kitchen without the pattern overwhelming the space:
Another product of ours, the Cementi Quatro Trab Centro, looks fantastic when laid out in its pattern. It has potential to seem busy, but breaking the repetitive patterns with wood planks prevents that from happening and adds a rustic touch to this installation.
Another perk of this tile is that it’s just as individualistic and interesting as its cement or encaustic predecessors, but with a more appealing price tag. The 7-3/4” by 7-3/4” Revival pieces are ceramic and $1.97 each from the Home Depot. Comparable pricing of actual cement tile from one website showed $6.90 per 8”x8” piece. If you think that may be due to durability or wear resistance, consider this: the PEI rating for the Revival series is high, meaning that the glaze is extremely resistant to wear. Ceramic is also considerably lighter in weight, making it more suitable for a wall than heavy cement. It is also frequently necessary to re-seal cement in order to keep it relatively slip resistant. This tile is already marginally slip resistant, enough to stand up to standard residential use, so there’s no need to re-seal it.
Its utilitarian nature and fantastic balance of modern patterns and artisan arrangements make the Revival series our product of the week. Special order it from the Home Depot for your next home renovation!
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