Today I’m talking about that trend sweeping your floors- cement tiles!
I’m not immune to trends. I have a few “what was I thinking?” purchases from just a few years ago that I’m trying to justify replacing. Now whenever I make a big purchase or home improvement, I try to ask myself “Do I really like this, or is it affected?” Would I like this the first time I saw it, instant decorating love, or do I only like this because I’ve seen it so many times and I think it’s what I am supposed to like? If something is a genuine love, you’ll continue to like it even after it is done being trendy. It’s when it is an affected decision that you’ll probably have that “what was I thinking?” moment after the trend subsides. Which leads us to…
Cement tiles. I love this look. I find myself gravitating toward them. They feel old world, rustic, yet sophisticated all at the same time. Behold…
They are pretty mesmerizing, I have to admit.
There are still several vinyl floors waiting to be replaced at my little house on the crick. Cement tiles are very tempting.
I have three worries: 1) Is this an affected choice for me? Do I genuinely like this and is it true to my personal taste? 2) Will this look be dated in 10 years? Is it so “now” that it won’t stand the test of time? 3) Is it so bold a pattern that I will tire of it after a few years?
Well, before you buy the car you take it for a test run, right? Enter my test run…rugs that look like cement tiles!
I have two of these in my house right now. One is under my kids’ craft table, and the other is in my kitchen. With these rugs I’m getting the cement tile look without the commitment. If I still like the look after a few years, I’ll know that cement tiles are a genuine love. And if not, then I’ve avoided another “what was I thinking?” decorating moment.
Let’s talk about what creates that cement tile look. Rugs that mimic the cement tile look have a repeated pattern throughout the whole rug. This pattern is interlocking, like a stencil or wallpaper. It is often geometric or medallion-like. Unlike Persian rugs, these rugs lack a defined border. Cement tiles often contain two contrasting colors. A flatweave rug will further mimic the cement tile look.
Interested in test driving one of these rugs to get the cement tile look without the cement tile commitment? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below (all from Amazon!):
Note: Many of these are available in additional colors and sizes. Click the affiliate links to see!
What do you think? Are cement tiles a trend that’s here to stay? I’d love to hear what you think!
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