Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cement Tiles As The New Subway Tile?


I'm sure you've stumbled across a subway tile kitchen back splash you've known and loved. Subway tile, to me at least, is becoming a been there, seen that sort of a material. But, as an affordable, appeal to the masses option, you can't get much better. This girl, however, is looking for a little more bing badda bang when it comes to a kitchen back splash, and I think cement tiles are going to give subway tiles a run for their money.

Over the past year, I've seen vintage cement tiles applied in more than one application. In a kitchen, in bars, and on a powder bathroom floor...the possibilities are endless. I really love these tiles because it achieves the graphic nature of some of the newest textiles, but still gives you that vintage French feel which I've long been a sucker for. And that, my friends, is when I realized my past and present got married and gave birth to a little bitty cement tile and that's the most successful procreation I've ever encountered. Well, besides Victoria and David Beckham. They're good at the procreation, too.

Here is an example of cement tile from Chateau Domingue used just as the backsplash behind the stove. This home was on the market here in Houston for some time and I always remember pulling up the listing and recognizing that gorgeous tile.

We've seen a lot of big, bold patterns in home and fashion textiles over the past few years and they don't seem to be getting anymore subtle. The colors in these tiles are subtle enough that they don't distract from the kitchen, but they're graphic enough that you keep looking around at other details. Magicalness.

Metiendo Vivendum
Here, the tile is used as flooring. Which makes me cry with joy.

Metiendo Vivendum

Because it's joyful what is happening here. I would prefer to actually sit on the floor in this dining nook. As close to the beauty as I possibly could.

Cement Tiles USA

And if you can't find this old luxury, you can always buy new...and I guess still incorporate a little subway tile into the equation too. Ain't nothin' wrong with that!


  1. LOOOOOOVE this! I used some from C.D in a kitchen recently as a backsplash, but the floors are insane!

  2. So glad to see your post. We are thrilled that cement tile is becoming popular in the USA again. For years it was imported into So. FL from Cuba and the tile is still valued. We are finding our tile going into many new homes...yeah !...and restaurants and hotels these days, so many more people will colors and patterns of cement tile. Best wishes, Lundy at Villa Lagoon Tile

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  4. Using the cement tiles immediatly transports me to Europe. Thanks for sharing...

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