Cement tiles in the kitchen: tradition and design for a timeless style
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Fitting a kitchen with cement tiles means using them as a furnishing element, not just as a finishing material. The polychrome patterns and colourful graphic designs on the concrete-effect tiles lend the room character and a very specific style that is cross-cutting and transcends fashion.
Inspiration comes from our architectural past, but contemporary technology allows us to recreate the atmospheres of early 20th-century interiors on high-performance surfaces better-suited to modern lifestyles.
A little history: cement tiles
Coloured cement paste tiles covered service areas in the late-19th and early-20th centuries: they consisted of a sand and cement base and marble powder mixed with cement and natural oxides. Compared to similarly composed grit, cement tiles had a smoother texture because the material fragments were smaller. Cheap and easy to install, they quickly became widespread, bringing colour and decor to even more modest homes. Featuring a traditionally square or hexagonal size and the use of colour, they mixed geometric or floral decorations.
Today, it is still possible to reclaim original cement tiles, but porcelain stoneware that reproduces them offers more practical surfaces.
Resistant to wear and detergents, bright, easy to clean and hygienic: cement tile-effect stoneware tiles are perfect for covering the floors and walls of the modern kitchen!
Cement tiles in the kitchen: where and how to install them
Collections of cement tile-effect porcelain stoneware can be installed anywhere: on the floor, on the wall (including as a backsplash) or as a covering for a counter or peninsula.
Medium-small sizes make it easy to tile small rooms and furnishings, while also creating unusual joints. The design solutions have no limits: from total look (as in this project created with the Clays range) to the choice of a portion of floor or wall, from the central ceramic carpet to projects that combine decors and single-colour tiles.
Projects by architecture and interior design studios often confirm this evergreen trend: cement tiles are popular and well-suited both to traditional contexts – enhancing their vintage mood – and to modern environments – lending them warmth and character. Cement tile-effect porcelain stoneware collections reproduce traditional tiles with contemporary colours and patterning.
Kitchen covering ideas? The infinite tactile effects of Marazzi cement tiles
The cement tile-effect wall coverings trend has evolved over time and most current products range from the traditional concrete effect to other tactile effects, mixing textures and colours and creating original tiles with a more contemporary taste.
Of the traditional cement tile-style stoneware collections offering 20x20 tiles with geometric or floral decors, D_Segni, part of the Crogiolo assortment, certainly deserves a mention: D_Segni Colore is a triumph of colourful cement tiles, D_Segni Scaglie revisits the trend on a Venetian Terrazzo surface, and D_Segni Blend combines blend-effect plain tiles with a mix of decors.
The cement tile effect can also be recreated on larger, rectangular or square sizes, which reduce joints, while maintaining the patterning of the smaller tiles. There are some examples in the Stream collection, which restyles the surfaces of cement tiles and marble chip tiles, or in Fabric, which translates the texture of natural fabrics onto stoneware. Lovers of hexagonal cement tiles will love the dusty range of Clays or the elegance of Powder.
Those mentioned are just a few of the many collections of Marazzi cement tile-effect tiles: browse the range and find the perfect solution for your kitchen.