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10 Beyond Stylish Bathrooms with Patterned Encaustic Tile

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

ENCAUSTIC TILE

Last week, while working on an article about 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.

WHAT IS IT?

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.

 
ONE

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.

TWO

Image Source and Interior Design: Erin Williamson.

Bathroom with black and white patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Erin Williamson, via @sarahsarna.

THREE

Image Source and Interior Design: Amber Interiors.

Bathroom with round mirror, patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Amber Lewis, via @sarahsarna.

FOUR

Image Source: House Nerd. Styling and photography: Meghan Plowman.

Bathroom with subway tile, black grout, clawfoot tub, patterned encaustic tile floor, via @sarahsarna.

FIVE

Image Source and Interior Design: Royal Roulotte.

Bathroom with mid-century sink vanity, black and white patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Royal Roulotte, via @sarahsarna.

SIX

Image Source: The Cement Tile Shop on Instagram. Interior Design: Life Style LA.

Bathroom with black hardware, black framed shower doors, black and white patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Life Style LA, via @sarahsarna.

SEVEN

Image Source and Interior Design: Alla Tzecher. Photography: Ilan Nachum.

Bathroom with a stunning walk in shower and patterned encaustic tile floor, designed by Alla Tzecher, via @sarahsarna.

EIGHT

Image Source: Room for Tuesday. Interior Design: Vintage Scout Interiors. Photography: Sarah Gibson.

Bathroom with white subway tile and patterned encaustic floor tiles, designed by Vintage Scout Interiors, via @sarahsarna.

NINE

Image Source and Interior Design: Katie Martinez.

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

TEN

Image Source: Style at Home. Photography: Barry Calhoun.

A not so plain white bathroom with a great walk-in shower, gray and white patterned encaustic tile floors, via @sarahsarna.

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