Cement tiles are definitely the current trend in flooring. A real decorative asset, they are now available in several patterns and colours to meet the tastes of all, even the most recalcitrant. Here is a brief overview of this new fashion in patterned cement tiles.
Why choose cement tiles
Although they have lost some popularity in recent years, cement tiles are now all the rage and are reintegrating the interior decoration of homes. Indeed, they offer a multitude of advantages that allow them to conquer more and more people. First of all, it is a solid material that resists shocks and wear. In addition, it keeps its colours very well over time. By choosing this type of coating, you are investing in a material that will undoubtedly last for several decades. Moreover, cement tiles are very easy to maintain. If you don’t want to spend your time bricking your tiles, choose this option. Natural products such as soda crystals or black soap are more than enough to get rid of stains on your tiles. Finally, cement tiles are a major asset for your interior decoration. As they come in a variety of colours, they fit perfectly in any room of the house. Many brands have specialized in the marketing of this material to meet the ever-increasing demand.
Choosing tiles with or without weft?
If you opt for patterned tiles, there are several varieties depending on whether or not they have a grid. These are patterns that, when intermingled or laid side by side, form a homogeneous graphic whole. Tiles with a tight grid can be found on the markets. In this case, the same pattern is repeated at the four corners of the tile and joins with the pattern of adjacent tiles. There is therefore no specific order to follow when laying the tiles. This style is most often found in living rooms with modern architecture or in vintage style kitchens. You can also opt for tiles with a wide grid. This type of pattern, unlike tightly woven patterns, is not repeated at the corners of the same tile. However, it is important to follow a precise order when laying the tiles in order to obtain the final pattern you are looking for. For these two types of tiles, it is essential to use a thin enough joint so as not to spoil the design of the pattern. Finally, there are also cement tile patterns without a grid. These are the simplest to lay because they are not subject to any precise laying order and are recommended when you have to use a wide joint.
Which pattern to choose for which style of decoration
Before choosing your cement tile pattern, it is important to consider the overall style of your home. As a general rule, choose a neutral tone, white, grey or beige, and a passe-partout pattern if you like to change your decor often enough. This will allow you to change your furniture or the colour of your walls with complete freedom, and the tiles will easily adapt to your new interior. But if you don’t intend to change your decoration for several years, you may succumb to the trend of very colourful tiles. In addition, the pattern should be chosen according to the architecture of the building. For pre-1940 houses, classic patterns will give a nice retro trendy look. On the other hand, for more modern interiors, choose more contemporary patterns. Pastel shades such as light blue and pastel yellow, for example, will give your bathroom a delicate touch of colour. Modern patterns in white and grey also go very well with Scandinavian-style furniture. Finally, cement tiles can also be used to delimit spaces. For example, mark a boundary between your open kitchen and your living space by using a different pattern for each room.