Always on Trend: Black and White Cement Tile

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. 

As previously mentioned, cement tiles are more similar to natural stone than ceramic tiles. Sealing and maintenance requirements are similar. 

Learn more about the difference between cement tile and porcelain tile in this video by Adam Esparza of ALE Tile.

What is Black and White Terrazzo Tile?

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.

Balanced black and white floral vine cement tile floor and wall
“Gypsy Black & White” Cement Tile Bathroom Floor and Wall, designed by Centoni Restoration and Development

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.

“Circulos Black & White Evening” Cement Tile Floor and Custom Patchwork Wall, Design by Nicole Chaves Design, Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography

When it comes to using black and white bathroom tiles, a fresh new take is to use them is in unexpected patterns. 

“Labyrinth B&W Morning” Cement Tile Floor

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!

Solid Black Hexagonal Cement Tile Floor and “Cubes A Sencillo” Cement Tile Wall, designed by Dabito from Old Brand New

Can You Use Cement Tiles in a Shower?

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. 

Learn more about how your cement tile will be installed.

In-Stock and On Budget

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!

New Zellige Colors In-Stock!

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.

4 natural clay finished hand chiseled tiles

Natural Unglazed Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 white glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Snow White Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 earthy yellow glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Goldenrod Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 pink glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Dusty Rose Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 dark purple glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Eggplant Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 green glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Emerald Green Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 light green glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Wintergreen Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and rectangular Bejmat.

4 dark blue glaze finished hand chiseled tiles

Mariana Blue Zellige is available in 4″ tiles and 2″ mosaic mats.

Cement Tile Fresh for Summer

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.

Photo by Noe DeWitt

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.

Join Villa Lagoon Tile at the HD Expo!

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.

We look forward to meeting you at HDExpo!

Ombré Cement Tile

Layout of Villa Lagoon Tiles Diagonal Sixteen pattern in Stone Blue in light to dark blue stripes.

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.

Vivid yellow living room wall.
Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Buzz” pattern in a Maple Sugar Ombré.

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's "Canyon" pattern in a Nile Blue Ombré, "Concentric Troika" shaped tile in an Excalibur Ombré, and our "Diagonal Sixteen" pattern in an Ponderosa Ombré.
Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Canyon” pattern in a Nile Blue Ombré, “Concentric Troika” shaped tile in an Excalibur Ombré, and our “Diagonal Sixteen” pattern in an Ponderosa Ombré.

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!


Villa Lagoon Tile's "Jibe" pattern in a Nile Blue Ombré.
Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Jibe” pattern in a Nile Blue Ombré.

Cement Tile: Not Just for the Floor Anymore!

HGTV Magazine Cober july/August 2018We 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! HGTV Magazine House Tours article image from page 106 featuring our teal hexagonal cement tile on the from of the kitchen bar.


To help inspire your next project we’ve put together this collection of installations starring our cement tile on the backsplash and beyond!


Open kitchen with Lancelot blue cement tile backsplash and feature wall
Our exclusive “Lancelot Blue” cement tile takes center stage in this open kitchen design by Super Seven Group and masterfully installed by Jennings Da Silva. Stouffville, Ontario

Tangier Primero cement tile on the courtyard entry wall, set in an arch, and home exterior wall at the main door.
Stunning double arch entryway featuring our “Tangier Primero“. Project by Lori Dennis Interior Design and SoCal Contractor.

Coffee house with bold black and white stripes created by Villa Lagoon Tiles Man Overboard cement tile.
Our “Man Overboard Black & White” creates bold stripes at Alfred Coffee’s Brentwood location, designed by Josh Zad.

Colorful patchwork cement tile on the front of a Mexican restaurants hostess stand.
Fun use of our “Colorful Patchwork” cement tile on this hostess stand at BelAir Cantina in Brookfield, WI.

Front of bar tiled with our concentric hex cement tile.
Butcher and Bee in Nashville features a custom colorway of “Concentric Hex” that wraps the bar. Design by Powell Architects.

Small kitchen with colorful patchwork and solid cement tiles covering the wall.
Cheerful kitchen wall using our “Colorful Patchwork” and a coordinating Solid Cement Tile, Design by Design Build Brooklyn.

This kitchen features two tile patterns with the same color palette, “Casablanca Primero” and “Tangier Primero“, on different walls. Design by Vidal Design Collaborative, Photo by Marcia Prentice.

Teal kitchen with our Crow's Feet gray hexagonal shaped tile set on the walls.
This kitchen uses our exclusive “Crow’s Feet Gray” to put a fun graphic twist on the traditional backsplash. Design by Inspired Spaces, Santa Rosa, CA.

Hotel headboards created using our blue and white Props cement tile.
Our exclusive “Props” pattern from the Stu Neyland Series was used to create the headboards for Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel.

Restaurant bar front covered with our black and white Ikat style cement tile.
Our exclusive “Ikat” Series of cement tile elevates this bar to black tie status at the San Diego location of Puesto Kitchen.

Blue hexagonal cement tile on the front of a restaurant counter.
Our exclusive “Crows Feet Blue” really catches the eye in this bright restaurant! Miller’s All Day, Charleston, SC. Design by Whitney Rietz Designs.

Wall featuring our Props cement tile in gray, blue, and white.
Our exclusive “Props” pattern from the Stu Neyland Series used on the wall and floors of the Nando’s Peri-Peri in Baltimore, MD.

Decorative beer tap wall covered in our black and white Ikat Series cement tile.
The Railway Stage and Beer Cafe in Vancouver boasts a huge tap wall covered in our” Ikat Series” cement tile. By Cutler Design and the Donnelly Group.

Stair risers set with our Moroccan style pattern Havana Cantina.
You can find our “Havana Cantina” in several locations throughout The Railway Stage and Beer Cafe in Vancouver, but the entry stairs will make an instant impression. By Cutler Design and the Donnelly Group.

Pool Fountain wall using our "Tulips B Ice" cement Tile
Pool fountain wall using our “Tulips B Ice” Cement Tile.

A vertical strip of wall in the dining area that features a mixture of our cement tile.
This creative feature wall was created by using a custom mix of our In-Stock cement tile. Design by Nicole Chavez Design.

Black and white cement tile feature wall in bathroom.
One of our clients used “Charge Black & White” to create this feature wall.

Counter front covered in our blue and white Breeze cement tile with bright Orange chairs in front.
Our “Breeze Blue & White” on the front of this counter at Soapstone Market, Washington DC. Design by Inscape Studios.

Large alcove in progress using our Canterbury Three cement tile.
Large alcove in progress using our “Canterbury Three” cement tile.

Kitchen backslash with our Kasbah cement tile, a white and gray repeating ogee shape.
Kitchen backsplash featuring our “Kasbah Excalibur“.

Feel the Breeze with Tom Scheerer in House Beautiful Magazine

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.

House Beautiful Magazine Cover and interior page from May 2018 featuring Tom ScheererTom 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.


You can find the featured “Katie”  pattern in our Cement Tile Design Tool and design your own!

“Katie” Cement Tile Pattern in Villa Lagoon Tile’s Cement Tile Design Tool


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.

Beautiful kitchen featuring Villa Lagoon Tile's cement tile on the walls
“Katie” Cement Tile, Tom Scheerer Design

blue and white cement tile on the walls
“Ambrose” Cement Tile, Tom Scheerer Design

Tan and white cement tile pattern, San Antonio, on kitchen walls in Tom Scheerer project
“San Antonio” Cement Tile, Tom Scheerer Design

“San Antonio” Cement Tile, Tom Scheerer Design

Quick Look: Terrazzo Cement Tile

new style on the block: terrazzo cement tile

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.4 examples of terrazzo cement tile

Terrazzo Cement Tile is suitable for all commercial and residential floors and walls when the appropriate application procedures are followed.4 examples of terrazzo cement tile


3 Sizes of White Marble Chips Availablephotos showing the different size terrazzo chips available

Villa Laggon Tile's Cubes A with mother of pearl terrazzo
Mother of Pearl Terrazzo Chips Also 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.4 examples of terrazzo cement tile


For more information about our terrazzo options,  sample requests or placing an order Email us at [email protected] or call us at 251.968.3375color swatches of cement tile terrazzo

Cement Tile Roundup: Restaurant Design

Feast Your Eyes on This!

This post is exactly what you expected, a lovely flight of photos featuring Villa Lagoon Cement Tile in a handful of restaurants.

Bon Appétit!

Photo of our Large Cubes tile at Marcus restaurant at MGM National Harbor
“Large Cubes” Cement Tile at Marcus, MGM National Harbor, MD

Solid Troika Cement Tile at Nando’s Oakville, Ontario Location

Custom "Piedmont" Cement Tile at The Watermark Community Cafe
Custom “Piedmont” Cement Tile at The Watermark Community Cafe

"Mixed Gray Hex" on the floor at Terra in Danbury, CT
“Mixed Gray Hex” Cement Tile at Terra in Danbury, CT

"Ikat A, B, C, D" on the Tap Wall at Railway Stage and Beer Cafe in Vancouver
“Ikat’s A, B, C, D” on the Tap Wall at Railway Stage and Beer Cafe in Vancouver

"Man Overboard" and "Tugboat" Cement Tile at Nando's in Danforth, Toronto
“Man Overboard B&W” and “Tugboat Featherstone & White” at Nando’s in Danforth, Toronto

“Havana Cantina” and Matching Solid Cement Tile Border at their League City, TX Location

“Chevron Grille” Cement Tile at Marcus, MGM National Harbor, MD

"Caprice Sebring" Cement Tile at Jimmy Changas Pearland, TX Location
“Caprice Sebring” Cement Tile at Jimmy Changas Pearland, TX Location

"Crow's Feet" and Solid Gray Hexagonal Cement Tiles at Nando's Ballston Location in Arlington, VA
“Crow’s Feet” and Solid Gray Hexagonal Cement Tiles at Nando’s Ballston Location in Arlington, VA

“Havana Cantina” Cement Tile on the Stair Fronts at Railway Stage and Beer Cafe in Vancouver

Custom "Tulips" with Solid Cement Tile Border at Jimmy Changas in Katy, TX
Custom “Tulips” with Solid Cement Tile Border at Jimmy Changas in Katy, TX

"Circulos B&W" Cement Tile on the Bar Front of Bibi's Burger Bar in Santa Rosa, CA
“Circulos Black & White” Cement Tile on the Bar Front of Bibi’s Burger Bar in Santa Rosa, CA

A Mix of "Concentric Hex" Cement Tile Colorways at Colada's, DC Location
A Mix of “Concentric Hex” Cement Tile Colorways at Colada’s DC Location

"Lisbon" Cement Tile at Cafe Hollander in Mequon, WI
“Lisbon” Cement Tile at Cafe Hollander in Mequon, WI

"Diagonal Four" Cement Tile at Il Tavolino, Chicago, IL
“Diagonal Four” Cement Tile at Il Tavolino, Chicago, IL

Custom "Concentric Hex" on the Bar Fronts of Butcher and Bee in Nashville, TN
Custom “Concentric Hex” on the Bar Fronts of Butcher and Bee in Nashville, TN

"Ikat A" Cement Tile on the Bar Back of BalAir Cantina's Oak Creek, WI Location
“Ikat A” Cement Tile on the Bar Back of BalAir Cantina’s Oak Creek, WI Location

"Mossy Fan Vine" Cement Tile at Alfred Coffee, Studio City, CA
“Mossy Fan Vine” Cement Tile at Alfred Coffee, Studio City, CA

Custom "Charge" and Matching Solid Cement Tile at Union Square Cafe, New York, NY
Custom “Charge” and Matching Solid Cement Tile at Union Square Cafe, New York, NY

Custom "Havana Cantina" with a Matching Solid Border at Jimmy Changas in Katy, TX
Custom “Havana Cantina” with a Matching Solid Border at Jimmy Changas in Katy, TX

Instagram Post Images at the Top of the Page from @marcusnationalharbor, @tacolicioussf, & @eatpuesto

Going Ga-Ga for Google

google logo with tile background

We are just blown over by all the love that Google has been showing us lately!

(YES, THAT GOOGLE!)

We’re so proud to be featured for our state of Alabama in Google’s Economic Impact Report. The purpose of the EI Report is to highlight Google’s local economic impact across America and they chose Villa Lagoon Tile as an example of a small business that has utilized the web to build and grow. They sent out an awesome photographer, Rick Olivier, to get some shots for the report and are even flying two VLT team members out to Cali for a visit to the Googleplex, to learn, network, and explore with the other successful businesses representing their states.

Google photoshoot fun!

Google also featured VLT in their Instagram series: “Small Biz Stories”!


         Check out Villa Lagoon Tile’s featured story from the  Google Economic Impact Report

screenshot of our story from the EIR