Hand painted cement tiles are all the craze and we don’t see the trend slowing down anytime soon.
Cement tile dates to 19th-century Europe, where it was developed and then used widely in Art Nouveau architecture. The tile was a popular choice for floors in Spain (such as in Gaudí’s Barcelona), France, Germany and other countries around the world. Later, with the arrival of Bauhaus and other 20th-century styles, it fell out of favor.
Today, however, cement tile is once again becoming a floor covering of choice, driven by the boom in all things vintage and the growing appreciation for handmade products worldwide. While traditional cement tile designs are enjoying a revival, new patterns also are gaining in popularity. Designers and manufacturers are updating these tiles with contemporary geometric patterns, giving them a second life through a more versatile look.
Often cement tiles are colorful, bold patterns but besides that they have other advantages over other types of tile:
- Environmentally friendly – They’re made of natural components and because they’re not fired, no fossil fuels are burned in their production. They’re also made with natural pigments.
- Non slippery – Bare feet stay put, even when wet!
- Customization – Each tile is hand crafted, If you don’t see an in-stock color combination, size or shape you like, Lili Cement Tile can create one for you.
Cement tiles are made by hand, which helps to explain why they’re so appreciated. The process of making them has remained unchanged for more than 100 years. Here’s a great video showcasing how our vendor make their hand painted cement tiles.