Learn More About Cement Tiles, Stencils & Where to Use Them Now!

Have a room or patio at home that desperately needs TLC but has you stumped as to where to start even with millions of inspiring ideas on Pinterest (pretty please follow my boards!)? Learn More About Cement Tiles, Stencils & Where to Use Them Now explores both options for a tile look.

MeaLu Victorian Encaustic 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Turquoise/Blue/White
8×8 MeaLu Victorian Cement Field Tile by Rustico Tile & Stone…hello lovely indeed.

Learn More About Cement Tiles or Cement Tile Stencils Now!

Even a little bit of tile can work wonders! My little laundry room (a pass through between the garage and center hall) was an utter embarrassment until we tiled the wall with marble subway tile and added color and bead board to the walls.

Black and white cement tile stenciled bathroom floor by @a.moroccanspinkandgold.dream. #cementtilestencil #tilestencil #stenciledfloor
@a.moroccanspinkandgold.dream…hello lovely indeed.

An option I considered (after spying projects using tile stencils) was stenciling the walls. After all, if you still want to tile after seeing the stenciled effect, it’s easy enough to tackle that more labor intensive project later.

But first…

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I think cement tiles began appearing on my radar with the dawn of a popular home improvement show: 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…hello charming indeed.

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Cement Tiles (Also Called Encaustic Tiles)

Encaustic or 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?

Stunning black and white cement tile flooring in bathroom (and zellige tile in shower) - @riadtile (design by @the.little.bird). #cementtile #tileflooring #bathroomtile
@riadtile Maya White cement tile on floor as well as Snow Zellige on shower walls (design: @the.little.bird)

The tiles are handmade and hard wearing.

Beautiful beachy blue cement tile flooring in a gorgeous design by Beckmannhouse. #cementtile #bluetile #tileflooring
@BeckmannHouse…hello gorgeous blue indeed.

Cement tiles are easy to care for and live with.

There are definitely critical issues to consider though so if you’re contemplating using this material, read this article from HGTV.

An 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 & When You Learn How They Are Made, You’ll Get It

Kitchen With Cement Tile Backsplash

Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…in case you love a bold dramatic backsplash.
Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Tile: Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…certainly a gorgeous tile.
Argana 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile
Argana Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…in case you love black and white.
Atlas 8" x 8" Handmade Cement  Tile in Green/White
Atlas Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…hello lovely indeed.
Tadla 8" X 8" Handmade Cement  Tile in Black/White
Tadla Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…in case you’re considering encaustic tile.
Tafilalt 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Black/Gray
Tafilalt Cement Field Tile by Moroccan Mosaic…certainly a timeless design.

Breathtaking Mud Room to Inspire

Airy, bright, white, and Scandinavian style in a modern farmhouse mud room by Bria Hammel Interiors. Glorious cubbies, light grey and white tiled floor, and shiplap walls. #mudroom #modernfarmhouse #shiplap
Bria Hammel Interiors…hello breathtaking serene laundry room floor indeed!

Field Tiles That Resemble Cement Tiles

If you love the look of cement tiles but don’t yet have the budget, check out these poser possibilities…they may not be handmade, but the price is right and the installation is standard.

Encausto 8" x 8" Porcelain Field Tile in White/Black
8×8 Porcelain Field Tile in White Black…cement tile info as well as stencil ideas.
Royalty Galactic 17.63" x 17.63" Ceramic Field Tile in Blue
17.63″ Royalty Galactic Ceramic Field Tile – cement tile options as well as tile ideas.

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!

Amazing transformation of a bathroom floor with a cement tile stencil and paint - @jessica_kaarina. #tilestencil #bathroomfloor #diystenciledfloor
@jessica_kaarina…hello dramatic transformation indeed.

What is especially smart about going this route is that even though encaustic tiles have been around since the 1850’s, they continue to trend. If the look falls from favor, it is as easy as painting right over the stenciled wall, floor, or patio.

Beautiful blue and white Spanish style cement tile stenciled backsplash by @stnecilslab. #cementtilestencil #stenciledbacksplash #spanishtilestencil
@stencilslab…in case you love a Spanish tile look.

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…in case you’re considering a stenciled backsplash.

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…in case you like the idea of a stenciled floor.

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 a 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…in case you’re after a bold dramatic floor.
Stencil: Nagoya Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils…in case you love this design.
Nagoya Tile Stencil
Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils…hello lovely indeed.
Amalfi tile stencil.
Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils…in case you admire a painted backsplash.
Tile: Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils…in case you want a beautiful stencil.
Amalfi tile stencil.
Amalfi Tile Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils…hello lovely indeed.

My Stenciling Projects

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…in case you’re looking for a timeless design.
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 90’s, and stencils have come a long way!

DIY French Script Stenciled Wall - Hello Lovely Studio. #stencils #frenchscript #accentwall #statementwall #diy #homedecor #bedroomdecor
French Script stenciled wall in a bedroom – Hello Lovely Studio

Script style stencils remain a favorite of mine, and this example below is one I used in a bedroom.

My white studio with Belgian style linen chairs and European country style - Hello Lovely Studio. #whitelinen #serenedecor
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I have seen all sorts of stenciled pillow covers online, and the effect is especially successful on vintage canvas fabric. (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…in case you admire vintage French style fonts.

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 Old World and authentic!

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

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14 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!

    • Mumbai
      February 17, 2021 / 9:49 am

      stone tiles are unbeatable and more durable than cement tiles . They are also harder than granite

      • Michele
        Author
        February 17, 2021 / 3:49 pm

        We have installed stone tiles but don’t have experience with cement tiles yet. I have heard they can be a beast to do yourself so better to have a pro do it.

        • Mumbai
          February 18, 2021 / 4:39 pm

          yes, they can and make you a lot of cleaning when you are fussy

          • Michele
            Author
            February 19, 2021 / 6:51 am

            🙂
            grout is not my favorite!

  4. Mumbai
    February 17, 2021 / 9:50 am

    I love these style of tiles because I love Morroc. Old technique but so stylish and the design embellishs every room

    • Michele
      Author
      February 17, 2021 / 3:48 pm

      Yes indeed – Moroccan tiles are so timeless and look so perfect across so many design styles. I dream of a cottage with lots of blue and white tiles… 🙂

  5. Stefan Robert
    March 16, 2021 / 1:17 am

    I would like to install cement tiles. Because cement tiles are durable and family-friendly. I love these tiles for so many design styles.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 16, 2021 / 11:47 am

      Let us know how the install goes – readers are always curious about the difference between installing cement and ceramic tiles!

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