Cement Tiles Vs. Stenciled Tiles

Have a room in your home that desperately needs some TLC but has you stumped as to where to start even with millions of inspiring ideas accessible on Pinterest (pretty please follow my boards!)? My little laundry room (which is located between the garage and center hall and is much too small to be considered a mud room!) is an embarrassment, and I keep thinking about tiling the walls in there to give it more importance and texture. After spying a few projects using tile stencils to create a faux tile look, I’m toying with the option of first stenciling the walls. After all, if I still want to tile, I could always do that big project later! Cement Tiles Vs. Stenciled Tiles explores both options.

But First This…

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Cement Tiles Vs. Stenciled Tiles

I think cement tiles began appearing on my radar with the dawn of one of my favorite home improvement shows: Fixer Upper.

Did you see this episode where Joanna chose a plaid cement tile for the laundry room floor?

Plaid encaustic cement tiles on floor of laundry room and office. HGTV Fixer Upper episode with all American farmhouse laundry room. #cementtiles #fixerupper #laundryroom
Magnolia Home – HGTV Fixer Upper Episode – All American Farmhouse – Laundry Room

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Cement Tiles (Also Called Encaustic Tiles)

Cement tiles are popular for mud rooms, bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes, and more. What makes them a popular choice in a variety of custom design projects?

The tiles are handmade and hard wearing.

Cement tiles are easy to care for and live with.

There are definitely some cons though so if you’re seriously considering them, read this article from HGTV.

My All Time Favorite Cement Tile

There are such gorgeous examples, and the one below is still my favorite!

What a beautiful light grey tile!

A beautiful mud room with built-in cabinetry, cement tile flooring, and shiplap walls. Design by Bria Hammel Interiors. #mudroom #cementtiles #Scandinavian #lightgrey
Bria Hammel Interiors

They Cost More & Once You Learn How They Are Made, You’ll Understand Why.

Kitchen With Cement Tile Backsplash

Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic
Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic

Bathroom With Cement Tile Floor and Walls

Cement Tiled Floor in Bathroom

Beautiful Bathroom With Cement Tile Flooring

Charming Cement Tile at a Restaurant

Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic
Atlas 8" x 8" Handmade Cement  Tile in Green/White
Atlas Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic
Tadla 8" X 8" Handmade Cement  Tile in Black/White
Tadla Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic
Tafilalt 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Black/Gray
Tafilalt Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic

Another Breathtaking Mud Room to Inspire

Field Tiles That Only Look Like Cement Tiles

If you love the look of cement tiles but don’t want to break the bank, check out these possibilities that would fool anyone! They may not be handmade, but the price is right and the installation is standard.

Faux Cement Stenciled Tiles

How fun is it that you can try out the effect of cement tiles without any mess or much expense at all! Just a few hours and a quality stencil may help you achieve the look! What is especially smart about going this route is that even though encaustic tiles have been around since the 1850’s, they are a trendy look right now. If the look falls from favor, it is as easy as painting right over the stenciled wall.

Here is my favorite stencil which mimics the look of real cement tiles.

Faux cement tile stenciled wall in a kitchen for backsplash. Jewel Tile stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils.
Jewel Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils

Charcoal grey paint to get this effect: RIGHT HERE.

Jewel Tile stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils on a floor in a bathroom. #stencil #cementtile #fauxtile
Jewel Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils

Faux Cement Tile Stencil Tutorial

They don’t just make it look easy – it truly is as easy as rolling over a stencil with a little bit of paint – matching up registration marks – securing with painters tape – and repeating.

Isn’t it a good looking wall which cost next to nothing!?!

DIY Faux Cement Tile Stenciled Wall
Learn how these talented sisters transformed a boring wall into a Faux Cement Tile Stenciled Wall by Shanty2Chic

More Stencils To Get the Cement Tile Look!

Nagoya Tile stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. Faux cement tiled floor with a stencil! #stencil #fauxtile #cementtile
Nagoya Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils
Nagoya Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils
Nagoya Tile Stencil
Nagoya Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils
Amalfi tile stencil.
Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils
Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils
Amalfi tile stencil.
Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils

Stenciling Projects I Have Done

A feminine dressing room with dramatic stenciled statement wall. Fortuny stencil by Royal Design Studio was used in light grey over white. Hello Lovely Studio. #stenciledwall #interiordesign #stencil #shabbychic
A feminine dressing room. Fortuny Stencil by Royal Design Studio
A feminine dressing room with dramatic stenciled statement wall. Fortuny stencil by Royal Design Studio was used in light grey over white. Hello Lovely Studio. #stenciledwall #interiordesign #stencil #shabbychic
Dressing Room wall with Fortuny Stencil by Royal Design Studio

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A feminine dressing room with dramatic stenciled statement wall. Fortuny stencil by Royal Design Studio was used in light grey over white. Hello Lovely Studio. #stenciledwall #interiordesign #stencil #shabbychic
The industrial garment racks are a custom design of mine. Fortuny Stencil by Royal Design Studio
A feminine dressing room with dramatic stenciled statement wall. Fortuny stencil by Royal Design Studio was used in light grey over white. Hello Lovely Studio. #stenciledwall #interiordesign #stencil #shabbychic
My former dressing room. Fortuny Stencil by Royal Design Studio
Springtime in Paris stencil was used for this DIY'd stenciled mirror by Hello Lovely Studio.
I stenciled right on an existing mirror for an etched look which took minutes. Springtime in Paris stencil
Springtime in Paris script stencil by Royal Design Studio was used on wall of bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio.
For a monochromatic look, use off white paint to stencil over a putty color wall. Springtime in Paris stencil
French farmhouse decor style in a courtyard garden with pea gravel, a vintage watering can, and a mirror stenciled with a French poem. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #courtyard #stenciled #mirror
This old wall mirror came out of the main bathroom we demo’d…instead of a land fill, it wound up in our front courtyard for the birds to admire themselves! I used my Springtime in Paris stencil by Royal Design Studio.
French Country decor inspiration in a French courtyard with pea gravel, boxwood, bench, and vintage decor. #hellolovelystudio #frenchfarmhouse #frenchfarmhouse #outdoordecor #courtyard #peagravel #boxwood
What a joy to watch creatures of the air and woods peeking at themselves in this mirror I keep outdoors all year long. Springtime in Paris stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Script Stencils I’m Crushing On!

I have been working with stencils for various creative wall treatments since the early 1990’s, and stencils have come a long way! Script style stencils remain a favorite of mine, and this first example below is one I have also considered for either the laundry room walls or a wall in my studio.

Lately, I have been obsessed with making simple custom pillow covers from vintage canvas fabric, and I love the idea of adding a vintage script label with a little paint (you can always add fabric sizing medium to paint on fabric).

French Lavender Vintage Script Label Stencil by Stencil Stash.
French Lavender Vintage Script Label Stencil by Stencil Stash

This Parisian inspired stencil can be used for a variety of projects – imagine a rustic wood box, a pillow case, a door, and of course, a decorative sign for the wall.

Cafe de Flore stencil by Stencil Stash.
Cafe de Flore Stencil by Stencil Stash

If you have shopped for antique grain sacks from Europe then you know how pricey they are. Here’s a low cost alternative to creating something suggestive of an antique. The lettering is so vintage in style and authentic looking!

I will keep you posted on what I decide to do with my little laundry area and with these stencils I can’t wait to get my paws on!

YOUR TURN: Have you used a stencil to transform a wall? Have you used cement tiles in any of your spaces?

p.s. Find more inspiration for laundry rooms and mud rooms RIGHT HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. January 15, 2019 / 2:20 am

    You have just solved my ugly powder room problem. Pepto-Bismol pink tiles must go.
    We went with “fake” cement tiles in our renovation because the real thing is expensive and more delicate, which seemed like a bad idea for rentals.

    • michele
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 12:53 pm

      Yay! I hear you – tgere are plenty of situations where cement tiles are less desirable. The sheer weight of them is an important consideration! As I consider my options, I realized it made sense to start with a stencil and from there decide if I will like living with tiled walls in there. 🙂

  2. Lisa B
    January 15, 2019 / 6:34 am

    Just one question about stenciling. I noticed when they finish one section and move to another one, their tape goes right over the previous section; don’t you have to wait until the paint is dry before you tape over it? Just curious. It is adorable.

    • michele
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      Great point. I’m guessing the video editing leaves that detail out. I do know from my own projects that there is so little paint on the roller/brush that it is like drybrushing and it dries very quickly. Chalk paint dries quickly as well compared to regular latex.

  3. Joanna
    January 15, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    I love cement tiles and considered them for my laundry room. The fact that my washing machine vibrates with a heavy load, such as towels, prevents me from doing so. I believe it will crack them or the grout. I wonder if there is good quality cushion floor that mimics tiles?
    I clicked on Follow My Boards and it said they didn’t exist.

    • michele
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks a bunch for letting me know about that link! Boo! I think I fixed it right up. I hear you about the noise level thing and not wanting to create a nightmare in the laundry room. Cushion-y faux cement tile flooring sounds trippy imaginative to me! Maybe you discovered a gap in the marketplace! We have hardwood floors in the laundry room, and no complaints!

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