Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marbled Cement Tile

When you think of cement tile, you generally think of patterns that repeat to create a design on the floor or wall. Cement tile patterns can be historical or contemporary; however, a new trend in cement tiles is using them to create a faux stone look that replicates marble, granite or terrazzo. Here’s an example of the look created using four faux granite cement tiles.

Faux Granite Cement Tile
Faux Granite Cement Tile

The ‘pattern’ is created randomly with the hand of the artist and can include any of the colors available in the manufacturer’s cement tile color palette. In these two examples, a simple color scheme of black, grey and white is used. Above the colors are 'dripped' to create a faux granite or terrazzo look for the cement tile. Below, a marbled cement tile is created by lightly streaking the accent colors through the base color in short, random strokes.

Marbled Cement Tile
Marbled Cement Tile

The flexibility of cement tiles allows you to create the same effect in any color palette, like this marbled cement tile in yellow, white and grey.

Marbled Cement Tile
Marbled Cement Tile

Or, like this:

Marbled Cement Tile
Marbled Cement Tile

A streaked pattern is created on cement tile using longer strokes in a more consistent style.

Streaked Cement Tile
Streaked Cement Tile

Using a streaked effect on the cement tiles creates a contemporary free-form pattern. This design is a lot of fun in the right environment.

Streaked Cement Tile
Streaked Cement Tile

Who says you can’t teach old tile new tricks? What do you think of these tiles? Do you like the faux granite cement tile, streaked cement tile, or marbled cement tile best?

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