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Above is an example of the same bathroom featuring our Glazed Zellige Mosaic Mat In Waterfall shot by three different photographers. We strongly recommend requesting physical samples to get an accurate color representation of our hand-crafted tiles. Every screen, camera, and lighting context is different so simply relying on product and installation photos could be a big gamble.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with renowned English interior and textile designer, Cressida Bell to launch a collection that pushes the boundaries of cement tile design. The inaugural Cressida Bell Collection includes eight patterns, each with three to four colorways.
Designed for the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Bell drew inspiration directly from English artist Walter Crane, primarily known for his illustrations for children’s books which often featured flying birds.
Bell originally created this “artichoke” pattern exclusively for the cover artwork of Arabella Boxer’s Book of English Food: A Rediscovery of British Food From Before the War.
Bell cites crosshatch as one of her favorite motifs, which she uses time and again in her work. She thinks this pattern will provide a classic look and feel to any space.
Inspired by Bell’s bathroom tiles (painted by her father, Quentin Bell) incorporating mermaids and fishes. Initially, Fish Pond was a furnishing fabric used for cushions and is now also a greetings card.
This was initially a design for a scarf with bunches of tulips arranged in a fish-scale pattern which easily translated into a tile of a similar shape.
Inspired by her international travels, Bell initially designed this fun, geometric pattern for her hand-printed silk scarf collection.
Originally created for Bell’s client who wanted outdoor furniture with a garden-themed patterned fabric.
This pattern was initially produced as a fabric for menswear designer Richard James and draws inspiration from an interior at ‘Charleston’ — the house that was a gathering point for the Bloomsbury Group. It is now featured on Bell’s lamps and shades.
The color combinations and patterns in the collection span from strikingly contemporary to classic, and each is an artful study of color and composition.
Black and white tile patterns are both classic and contemporary–basically the very definition of timeless design. This seemingly simple color combo is elevated by how deep you can make your design statement, whether you choose a bold geometric look or an elegant, intricate pattern.
Handcrafted cement tiles change up this vintage tile style with a matte finish that has depth and character, such you see in our with a Troika pattern below.
What is Cement Tile?
Cement tile is made from a centuries-old process, using marble and cement along with natural mineral pigments. We like to say cement tiles deliver emotion through texture rather than the flat printed-on color of ceramic tile.
Cement tiles are not fired but are created sustainably through intense pressure from a mechanical hydraulic press and then cured naturally like structural concrete. Cement tiles are so durable they can even be used in high-traffic commercial spaces like restaurants and hotels.
Similar to natural stone, each handcrafted cement tile is unique with slight color variations, the sign of an artisan-made product. Cement tiles come in many different shapes from square to hexagon to fishscale to rectangles.
Whether it is creating a tile bathroom floor to a kitchen backsplash wall, there are endless possibilities when it comes to using black and white cement tile.
How is Cement Tile Different from Ceramic Tile?
Cement tile is a handmade artisan product, whereas ceramic tile is mass-produced with designs printed on the surface. In addition, they are entirely different materials, which means some tile contractors are not experienced with cement tiles.
Terrazzo tile is a type of cement tile enhanced by adding marble chips, or other materials, then grinding down the color layer to expose them.
Individual tiles may be black chips set in white cement, white chips set in black cement, or the cement and marble chips in the same color, creating a dimensional sheen to the tile.
What Era is Black and White Tile From?
Black and white tile is a timeless look, but there are periods in history, such as the Victorian era and the 1920s, that are most associated with this color combination.
Today in the 2020s, the twist on this color combination tile is creating unique and unexpected patterns in fun shapes. The rustic matte look of cement tile in solid black and solid white is a good choice for farmhouse and cottage core decor.
Creating a Black and White Geometric Tile Look
This color combination lends itself particularly well to patterns of tiles, including mixing and matching to create unique borders, which is a classic use of cement tile.
We recommend planning your pattern in advance, either inspired by the classic looks or working with a professional designer to conceptualize a fresh new take. Let these pictures below inspire you.
Our Gypsy Black & White pattern is one of our original and most popular in-stock options that takes the classic appeal of black and white tile for the bathroom and offers a fresh new look for floor and wall tile.
Another popular way to use black and white tiles is in a lattice pattern, giving tile flooring in any space a fresh, clean, and elegant look. Shown below is our Circulos Black and White Evening.
When it comes to using black and white bathroom tiles, a fresh new take is to use them is in unexpected patterns.
A black and white checkerboard pattern is classic, but this seemingly simple color combo is elevated by the depth and character that cement tile brings. Just look at our bold, graphic Cubes A Sencillo in this bathroom designed by Dabito, Founder & Creative Director Of Old Brand New. It makes QUITE the statement!
Yes, cement tiles can be used in all areas where natural stone is used. Learn more about sealing cement tiles.
This installation is a prime example, with our Large Cubes Excalibur paired with natural stone in this dramatic shower.
Designing with black and white tiles can be a great way to add style and interest to your home or business. Whether it’s a checkerboard look or mixing and matching colors and shapes, Villa Lagoon Tile cement tiles are perfect for making a statement indoors or outdoors. With so many possibilities, there’s sure to be a look that will fit your needs and style.
Villa Lagoon Tile in-stock black and white cement tile ships within two business days, with 2-5 business days transit to most of the continental US. Handcrafted one at a time by our skilled artisans, our black and white cement tile patterns start at just $3.99 per piece or $9.27 per square foot.
Cement Tile on a Budget
The Essentials Collection is a curated selection of Villa Lagoon Tile’s most universal and basic cement tiles. Handcrafted one at a time by our skilled artisans and in-stock for under $4.00 per piece, you can easily stay on trend and on budget!
The Zellige tile collection from Villa Lagoon Tile brings a rustic charm to any project. Unlike machined tile, our exquisite Zellige and Bejmat tiles are crafted entirely by hand in a time-honored method of tile-making designed to celebrate the natural beauty of the clay.
Natural Unglazed Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Snow White Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Goldenrod Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Dusty Rose Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Eggplant Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Emerald Green Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Wintergreen Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.
Mariana Blue Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and 2″ mosaic mats.
A Villa Lagoon Tile favorite, Katie, is now featured in fresh green tones to keep your space summer-ready all year long.
Featured in the June/July 2021 issue of House Beautiful, our Katie Fresco Cement Tile makes an appearance in the stunning Palm Beach project by designer Phoebe Howard.
Built in 1891, this beachy victorian home known as “the Duck’s Nest”, is the second oldest residential building in Palm Beach. It has been beautifully renovated by new owners, Brian and Julie Simmons and with the addition of cement tile, the Duck’s Nest will easily sail through another 130 years.
In the mood to be inspired by the rich, architectural beauty of historic Havana or the pearl of the Caribbean?
Or, perhaps you’re mesmerized by the unique spontaneity of pigmented color that flows freely on a watercolor painting?
Or, maybe—JUST maybe—you find the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light exciting?
If you said ‘yes’ to any of the above, Villa Lagoon Tile invites you to stop by our HDExpo booth (#1233) and witness the BIG reveal of our new tile collections! While the collections may be top secret as you read this blog post, you’ll be able to experience at our booth firsthand how we are continuing to push the boundaries of creating the unexpected in cement tile offerings.
We’re also giving firsthand access to try our exclusive cement tile design tool, which makes it easy to create and order one-of-a-kind colors and patterns if you seek a custom signature look and uniqueness for your hospitality projects.
If you are interested in setting up a booth tour during your time at HDExpo, please click here for more information.
The new Ombré collection from Villa Lagoon Tile is a departure from traditional cement tile design. Inspired by the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light, Our Ombré tiles start with a highly saturated pool of color shifts from dark to light as a result of our artisans’ deft blending of hand poured, pigmented cement. Graduated color brings both depth and light, creating a bold design statement.
The organic nature of hand pouring means that Ombré collection tiles are perfectly imperfect, an artistic statement for entryways or accent walls in homes or hospitality projects. The Ombré collection is available in our most vivid South Beach Colors.
These dynamic tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here. Similar to natural stone, each cement tile is unique with slight color variations, the sign of an artisan-made product. Installing cement tiles is similar to installing natural stone, with tighter grout lines and use of a sealant after the tiles are set.
Villa Lagoon Tile can custom-make your Ombré cement tile with many of our existing patterns but we created a few new fun patterns that will really show off the style. Contact us to create your custom look!
We at Villa Lagoon Tile are all aflutter about the current issue of HGTV Magazine. In this July/August 2018 edition, you will be sure to spot the hippest little mid-century pad that just so happens to rock our cement tile! Owners Dave and Brennen together with the online design company Laurel & Wolf reimagined their condo right into the 21st century.
Pick up or download a copy today so you can tour this amazing home!
Our favorite feature of this home (yes, totally biased!) is the 10ft long kitchen peninsula dressed in our Solid “Seaside Blue” Hexagonal Cement Tile. The natural tonal variation seen from tile to tile introduces an organic element to the space’s modern design by giving it movement and character. We absolutely love to see our tile on verticle surfaces like this! In fact, both homes in the “House Tours” section of the current HGTV Magazine feature cement tile on the wall. It’s a great way to up your design game by reinventing the boring backsplash or highlighting the sometimes overlooked design elements in your space. For your next project consider adding cement tile to a bar front, fireplace, alcoves, stair risers, or hello, who doesn’t love a good feature wall? Villa Lagoon Tile can make a thinner version of almost all of our tiles making the verticle application of cement tile even easier!
To help inspire your next project we’ve put together this collection of installations starring our cement tile on the backsplash and beyond!
Pick up the May 2018 issue of House Beautiful and escape to the Bahamas with Tom Scheerer’s enchanting interior design featuring our handcrafted cement tile.
Tom Scheerer’s designs are always inspired, and this Caribbean Colonial is no exception. For this project, Scheerer chose to create custom cement tile, “Katie”, in a light and airy colorway. Pick up your copy of House Beautiful before it’s off the stands to learn more about this beautiful home and how Tom finds his inspiration.
Scheerer has been using cement tile in his designs for years and we are always thrilled to work with him and his team. Check out more photos from various projects below and visit his website and follow him on Instagram to dive deeper into his style.
We have a total design game changer at Villa Lagoon Tile! Now you can add the depth and visual texture of terrazzo to all or part of your favorite cement tile patterns.
Terrazzo Cement Tile is suitable for all commercial and residential floors and walls when the appropriate application procedures are followed.
3 Sizes of White Marble Chips Available
You can make a major design impact with VLT’s Terrazzo Cement Tile! Solid terrazzo cement tiles can be made as large as 15×15 inches and the patterned terrazzo cement tiles are available in 8×8 and 12×12 inch formats.