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Bathroom Tiles | Using Cement in a Bathroom or Powder Room

02 / 12 / 2020



Cement Bathroom Tiles


We fundamentally believe in the transformative power of tile to breath new life into any space, and bathrooms are a fantastic place to start. Cement tiles are known for their distinct matte finish, and tonal variation unique to our handcrafted tiles. Whether you’re renovating your bathroom or building it from scratch, cement tiles are a fantastic foundation material, and come in a diverse range of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. Bathrooms aren’t traditionally large rooms, and that’s where the power of graphic patterned cement tile really begins to shine.  From minimalist to traditional, and everything in between, the versatility of cement tiles fit a wide range of design aesthetics. 


As a general rule, we always recommend using a pattern and color that fit the aesthetic of your space; if your home is an old victorian, then a loud and graphic pattern may not work. Conversely, our solid color 2×8 cement tiles might be the tile you never knew you couldn’t live without!






Why Choose Cement as Your Bathroom Tile



Encaustic cement tiles have a history nearly two centuries in the making, and are incredibly durable and long lasting. One of the reasons we fell in love with cement tiles is the natural patina that develops over time. Unlike mass produced ceramics, patina is inherent to the dynamic and evolving nature of cement tiles, lending character and complexity with age. Durability is just as important as design, which is why we use the highest quality portland cement and mineral pigments. Each tile is hydraulically pressed, without the need for a kiln; this process requires far less energy, making cement tiles naturally eco-friendly. 





Design Options for Cement Bathroom Tiles


With their marvelously matte finish and dynamic range of shapes, color and patterns, cement tiles are all about options. Our first stop? Selecting color, tone, pattern and shape.




Color and Tone:


Natural & Neutral Tones: Our cement tiles lend beautifully to neutral colors and natural hues. We are obsessed with our matte-finish neutrals, including white, bone, and cotton, through gradients of cream and beige, soft blues and even greens and pinks. Each creates a bathroom space that is clean and calm. 


Light colors: Our light toned cement tile colors offer a more relaxed vision that is both soft and subtle. Warm yellows; bright, earthy pinks or pastel greens and blues add just the right touch of statement to your space.  


Dark Tones: Deep toned cement tiles, like our Midnight 2×8 cement tiles are bold and dramatic. Our dark toned tiles are made one by one, and each carries subtle tonal variation. These jewel toned beauties range from ochres and deep reds to rich purple and terra cotta to a multitude of greys and blacks. 



2x8" subway 'Midnight' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (48 tiles in each box)
Midnight Blue 2×8 Subway Cement Tile from Zia Tile





Moorish Patterns: With their endless, interlocking geometries, Moorish cement tile designs like our Tangier pattern work well in smaller bathrooms, especially small powder rooms. In a world of mass produced perfection, we find a renewed appreciation of traditional cultures and handi-craft that have helped to make Moorish patterns more popular than ever. 


4x4 square 'Tangier' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (48 tiles in each box)
Tangier 4×4 encaustic cement tile from Zia Tile, Los Angeles


Modern and Contemporary: Looking to do more with less? Our Meridian pattern IMMEDIATELY comes to mind. Built of simple chevrons lines, Meridian creates dynamic, maze-like structures that work beautifully in the most minimally appointed spaces and comes in three color ways. 



8x8 square 'Meridian' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (12 tiles in each box)
Meridian white and black handmade cement tile from Zia Tile in Los Angeles







If graphic patterns are what butters your biscuit, then our 8×8 and 4×4 squares or 8×9 inch hexagon tiles are a great place to start. Prefer solid colors?  Our 2×8 cement subway tiles are marvelously matte and beautifully varied. A great point to remember here; any of our shapes can come in either a solid color or pattern, and custom sizes, colors and patterns are always possible – just ask!




8x9 'Echo' hexagonal encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 4.4 square feet per box (12 tiles in each box)
Echo hexagon cement tile in sage and bone from Zia Tile in Los Angeles




Reboot your Bathroom with Patterned Cement Tiles



Cement tile, especially our graphic patterns, can really light up a room, and that translates well to bathroom walls as well. Our diverse collection of patterns range from something as simple as our dual color Delta tile through to our bright and vibrant Isola patternWhichever you choose, your tile will set the design direction for the room, and this is especially true of our graphic patterns and bold colors.  




Our top ideas for utilizing pattern and shape in the bathroom:


  •           Start with color and pattern first; what you decide here informs how the rest of your room will take shape. 
  •           Vary the shapes and sizes in the same room; i.e., use a hex pattern for the floor and our 2×8 tiles on the shower wall.
  •           Always consider how the mirror will reflect your patterns; cement tiles add the illusion of depth and dimension.
  •           Use shower wall tiles as the focal point in the room.



4x4 square 'Delta' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (48 tiles in each box)
Delta white and midnight 4×4 encaustic cement tile from Zia Tile, Los Angeles




Zia Tile’s Custom Cement Bathroom Tiles in Los Angeles



We are passionate about the individual, wholly unique character of our cement tiles. No two of our colorfully patterned tiles are exactly alike—and we celebrate the subtle variations in texture and depth that are intrinsic to our handmade encaustic cement tile.


Looking to customise the color or pattern? Contact us to create your own unique take on cement bathroom tile; and if you’re looking for any of our standard colors or patterns, check out our array of cement bathroom tiles here.

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