Our backyard has become an extension of our home living routine and we’re spending more time living and entertaining on our decks and patios. As we head into the colder weather months, interest is increasing in extending outdoor living because it is a safer option. It’s no wonder that backyard home improvement projects are surging.
So, when Chelsea Foy from Lovely Indeed shared her gorgeous backyard patio remodel reveal and installation ‘how-to,’ we thought the timing couldn’t be more perfect! If you’re thinking of installing cement tile into your outdoor living space, Chelsea perfectly captures the process and experience here.
Because cement tile is more like natural stone than other types of tile, it’s important to use sealant before grouting to keep the grout from staining or adhering to the face of the tile. As Chelsea points out in her blog, understanding the right sealant to use is also critical so that the cement tile absorbs minimal staining and retains the color as much as possible. To learn more about the type of sealant you will need, you can download our guide here.
And, we’re always here to help — whether it’s for design inspiration or help to choose tiles for your outdoor (or indoor!) space. Please contact us at [email protected]
Gulf Shores, AL(July 17, 2020) ― The new Zellige tile collection from Villa Lagoon Tile brings a rustic charm to residential and hospitality projects. Unlike machined tile, these 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.
Skilled artisans in Fez, Morocco use local clays fired in kilns fueled by olive pits to create these tiles, which are then finished with an enamel glaze. Because Villa Lagoon Tile Zellige tiles are molded, cut, and glazed by hand, each tile is unique with variations in color, edging and shape. Like the irregularities in natural wood grain or the tiny air bubbles in hand-blown glass, it is these perfect imperfections that produce the beautiful effect Zellige tile is known for.
The square Zellige tiles are best used in applications such as shower walls, backsplashes, and accent walls, while the rectangular Bejmat tiles may also be used on light-traffic floors. They can be installed indoors or outdoors as long as they are adhered and grouted properly. Zellige tiles require skill and experience to install properly, so consulting with a professional is recommended.
The production of glazed clay tiles in Morocco dates back over 1,000 years. Having imbued a sense of luxury and artistry in homes, religious buildings, and other public spaces, the style is enjoying a resurgence of interest in this millennium.
The Zellige collection from Villa Lagoon Tile includes 4-inch square glazed clay tiles as well as rectangular, 5 ½-inch long Bejmat tiles. Both styles of tile are immediately available in a choice of 13 colors. Additional color options, shapes and sizes will be added over time.
Villa Lagoon Tile
designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design,
finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of
different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in
the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in
handcrafted cement tile. The Amalena
tile series blends the bold energy of Cuban design with the intricate
details of antique Turkish rugs, making it perfect as an accent wall
by a soaking tub or an outdoor living room.
Lively floral and geometric forms that are the hallmark of Cuban tile
design marry with delicate domes, arches, and minarets that
epitomized the architecture and textiles of the Ottoman Empire. The
result is a lush, tropical vibe with a twist.
Because the Amalena series takes inspiration from Turkish textiles,
it is also an ideal choice for creating the classic rug-like effect
with a border tile surrounding a field tile on the floor. This type
of installation creates a sense of drama in both hospitality and
A single row of border tiles will add a finishing touch to a cement
tile floor, but if the room is large enough, a border made up of two,
three or even more rows of tile can create an opulent and
The Amalena series is available in a choice of four colorways that
combine our most vivid South Beach Colors. Or, make the look
completely your own with our easy-to-use cement
tile design tool that allows you to customize your
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.
To purchase Amalena
tile and sealant factory-direct, or to learn more about the benefits
of using cement tile, click
Julie and Barret Blondeau wanted to make a statement when they updated the bathroom in their 90-year-old home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To achieve their design goals, they selected cement tile from the Caprice collection from Villa Lagoon Tile to replace the outdated flooring in their bathroom.
Julie was kind enough to chat with us about the new bathroom design and her experience with our cement tile.
What prompted you to start the bathroom renovation? What were some of the aesthetic design choices that went into creating this bath?
In November of 2017, we bought a 90-year-old home with lots of beautiful historical detail. We wanted to update the house to match our style in a way that would not conflict with its unique character. When we were ready to remodel the bathroom, I knew I wanted to make a statement, and my instinct was it needed to be the flooring.
I found Villa Lagoon Tile cement tiles and loved the look. I also thought the artisan look would blend seamlessly with the rest of the house. I tend to go neutral with walls, floors, etc., and almost went with the grey and white tiles, but I kept coming back to this black and white design. It’s a perfect fit in our bathroom and makes a beautiful design statement, but it’s also timeless, which is one of the things I love about cement tile.
Have you used cement tiles before? What do you like about cement tiles? What did you find different about working with cement tiles?
I’ve never used them before. I like the thickness and the fact that each tile is unique with slight color variations, which is the sign of an artisan-made product. Stone and Tile Works by Manny laid down the cement tile floor and did a beautiful job!
I’ve learned that while cement tile requires a little more care during installation and cleaning, they are made to last. I am also very pleased with how well they clean up, especially because the bathroom is regularly used by my teenage daughters.
Would you recommend Villa Lagoon cement tiles? Why or why not?
Yes, I would! They are beautiful and unique and there’s a wide range of styles and colors. Everyone who I dealt with at Villa Lagoon Tile are truly cement tile experts and couldn’t have been more helpful and pleasant.
Tell us a little more about your business.
We have lived in Louisiana all our lives and love our area–we take a lot of pride in making it a better place. We enjoy helping others make it their place, too. We own Cottonwood Properties and Realty in Baton Rouge, LA, and we handle both rentals and investment properties. Barret is a Broker/Realtor and I am a Realtor. We are passionate about home life, and the benefit of working with us is that we are involved in every aspect of real estate, so we bring a lot of knowledge to the table. We have our hands in this industry in several different ways, which is great because we get to help on many levels, from house hunting with a client to fixing up a property to sell to someone. We love working with people, but we also appreciate the construction side of this line of work, as well as the creativity involved.
Rick Bayless, the celebrity chef and host of the Emmy-nominated show “Mexico: One Plate At A Time” on PBS, has developed the menu at Red O Restaurant (think red onion) at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. This is Red O’s second location, the first being in Los Angeles. Another location in St. Monica will be opening soon. Red O restaurant features a dramatic interior paired with high-end Mexican food. Designer Martin Lawrence Bullard chose Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Castle” pattern cement tile for much of the floor. The tile was made in Mexico so it was a fitting combination. Rumor has it that the food is really special and we wished we lived closer!
People often ask us if our tile is suitable for commercial spaces. Cement tile is WONDERFUL in commercial spaces as it often brings “heart & soul” to an interior, and with proper sealants, the constant foot traffic should be no problem.
Our friend Adam Esparza at ALE Tile created this short video that outlines a few of the reasons why cement tile is such a great material to use in high-traffic hospitality spaces.
As you can see from Adam’s demonstration, cement tiles are made with a thick layer of pigment that is made to last! No printed-on color here. Learn more about the benefits of cement tile for your projects at www.villalagoontile.com.
If summer is your jam, take your cues from these hues for your home to make every day feel like summer vacation:
Summer color #1: Yellow It’s no surprise that sunny hues are the best way to feel summery. Bring the summer sunshine indoors by adding a touch of gold to walls, floors, and decor. If saturated, bright yellow is a little too much summer, go deeper into golden tones or use yellow as an accent color to brighten any room in a more subtle way.
Summer color #3: Coral. Living Coral was named the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, and it’s the perfect shade for summer. This warm, lively hue brings a playful vibe to outdoor patios as well as any indoor living or hospitality space.
This dining room exudes warmth and elegance, emphasized by the earth tones of the Lisbon Primero tile on the floor.
Every day is a vacation in the Caribbean with this brightly-colored, island-inspired patio space.
Bursting with summer color, Caprice June cement tile brings the outdoors inside with details inspired by plants and flowers.
“Here on the Gulf coast, we do feel a little of that endless summer vibe,” said Melissa Adams Dillon, who leads the Villa Lagoon Tile design team at their Gulf Shores, AL US headquarters.”That’s why I think about yellows, greens and corals for indoor and outdoor decor for anyone who wants a space that feels like summer all year long!”
Villa Lagoon Tile cemented great relationships with hospitality designers at the 2019 HD Expo show when our Ombré Collection won the prestigious ASID DESIGN IMPACT Award.
“No sooner than the P.A. system announced the launch of the show, a striking crowd began gathering near our booth,” said John Adams, Villa Lagoon Tile director of technology and long-time employee. “Next thing I know, I’m shaking hands with Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and trying to comprehend that they were telling us, ‘you won!’”
ASID believes that design impacts lives, and seeks to recognize companies who make that belief a priority in their work. We count Villa Lagoon Tile among those organizations.
Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
The Ombré Cement Tile series, inspired by the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light, is the result of nearly a half-year of work between our designer, Melissa Adams Dillon, and the cement tile artisans at our studio.
Melissa was also part of the team behind our new Cuban Collection that debuted at the show, a team that included our Founder-Designer Lundy Wilder. Inspired by their research trip to Cuba, the two women created a series that honors the traditional floors they observed, while also adding new, contemporary options to the genre.
And as if all that hasn’t kept Melissa busy enough, she also led the team in launching our new Watercolor series, mesmerizing pigmented color that flows freely, as if on a watercolor painting.
Cement tile is perfect for hospitality projects as evident in these gorgeous restaurant installations. Our exclusive cement tile design tool makes it easy to create and order one-of-a-kind signature looks for your hospitality projects.
As happily unexpected as it was to win the ASID Impact award, the unexpected is what Villa Lagoon Tile always strives for as we continually push the boundaries of design and performance in cement tile offerings.
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.
Timeless doesn’t equal boring! There will always be room for black and white in the world of interior design, especially when it comes in the form of Villa Lagoon Tile’s handcrafted cement tile. This seemingly simple color combo is elevated by the depth and character that cement tile brings. Whether it be a bold and graphic patterned floor or a delicately balanced patterned wall, our cement tile will make a statement worth repeating for years to come!
We have the most talented clients! Sure to inspire, below is a collection of black and white tile installations featuring VLT’s handcrafted cement tile!
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 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!