A big home decor trend I’m seeing everywhere is patterned tile. Kitchen backsplashes and bathroom floors are showcasing this fun feature. It’s a great way to add color, pattern and make a statement. That is, if you’re bold enough to do it.
See, tile is not an easy element to change. (Flashback to bad 80s tile in every rental apartment I ever lived in.) It’s expensive and messy to rip out the old and it can be complicated to re-level the floors and walls to install new. Not to mention the cost of the tile, grout, sealant, etc. This makes any tile instillation a semi-permanent one, and the design decision a pretty big one. So seeing people using bold tile in highly visual places like kitchens and master bathrooms is a bit of a surprise considering the commitment.
The most beautiful examples (the ones that are truly Pinterest-worthy) are encaustic Moroccan cement tiles. Encaustic refers to the way the tile is made which is by hand using colored cement. This means that the design is a result of molding different mineral pigments and cement together, not simply stamping a pattern on the top of a tile. It’s an art form that dates back to the mid 1800s and continues today with each tile still being produced by an artist, by hand. If it sounds expensive, that’s because it is. Most cement tile is about $80/sqft. And that cost is before shipping, which at almost 3 lbs per 8″square tile, is a small fortune itself.
Cost aside, it’s a beautiful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. As I’m currently looking for tile for my bathroom, let’s have a look at a few that incorporate this trend beautifully.
This patterned tile, from Ann Sacks, adds the perfect pop of design to take the institutional feel out of this industrial bathroom. Additionally, I applaud their use of it in a small space, it’s just enough!
This bathroom is pretty much the polar opposite of the first when it comes to design. But its formal look, bordering on glam, still works beautifully with the patterned tile floor. And yet again, very little design is needed elsewhere. (This particular pattern is from The Cement Tile Shop.)
I see this bathroom all the time in my search for patterned tile. But what I love most about this room is that it’s pretty standard aside from the tile. Pedestal sink, subway tile, chrome finishes, light gray walls, molded tub…I basically described a hundred bathrooms in any neighborhood. The use of pattern tile here takes it next level, and why it has been shared a zillion times online.
Unlike the last picture, I don’t know anyone who has a bathroom like this (but I wish I did)! Swoon… Again the tile here is making a stoic space approachable – and show stopping. Also, can we talk about that tub?! OMG.
Throughout my search, I found mostly black and white (or gray and white) tiles, and although I love that look, cement tiles can be wildly colorful like in the bathroom pictured above. Teal really isn’t my jam, but it works here. And high five for that fabulously old-school shower head!
I haven’t landed on a tile decision just yet, but I’m getting close. Long lead times (like 14 weeks, eww) and sky high prices are killing my vibe, but I’m determined. I mean, the bathroom has to have a floor, right?! I just hope I don’t have to go to Morocco to pick it up…