Bathroom with subway tile, black doors, gold hardware, and patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Katie Martinez, via @sarahsarna.


Last week, while working on an article about 2016 bathroom trends, I realized that I have enough examples of each bath trend that I can dedicate a full post to each one. The first trend I highlighted was the FLOATING VANITY and today: encaustic tile. I’m sure you’ve seen these colorful, timeless tiles everywhere lately, perhaps without knowing what they’re called.


Encaustic tile may be trending at the moment, but they are not new; these charming rustic tiles have been around since The Middle Ages. Encaustic tiles are made using two or more different colors of clay in the body of the tile, so that the patterns you see are integral to the tile – rather than painted or glazed onto the surface – so they can’t ‘wear off.’ Traditional encaustic tile, which you’ll see throughout Europe, is made of clay, and is, in other words: ceramic tile. Nowadays, modern encaustic tile is often made from cement rather than clay, so you’ll probably hear it referred to as ‘cement tile,’ too. Check out my slideshow of 10 beyond stylish bathrooms featuring patterned encaustic tiles.


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Image Source: Houzz. Interior Design: Sophie Burke.

Bathroom with round mirrors, gray and white patterned encaustic tile floor, cement countertop designed by Sophie Burke, via @sarahsarna.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

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