Favorite Encaustic Cement Tile Wainscot Designs

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Encaustic cement tile can be used on walls to create a unique wainscot with pattern and vibrant color. Encaustic cement tile wainscoting is a great way to carry a floor pattern to the wall from adjoining rooms. Or, consider using a border pattern with plain tiles to complement a floor design. Here's some favorite encaustic cement tile wainscot ideas and inspiration.


 If you've ever seen a decorative treatment on the lower half of a wall, then you've seen wainscoting. Traditionally, wainscoting is used to protect walls from becoming damaged when chairs or other furniture is moved around, such as in a dining room or eat-in kitchen area. To get a better understanding, let's look at how wainscoting evolved.

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Pattern and color continuity flow through this Dominican Republic home with the use of a cement tile and coral stone wainscoting.


Interestingly, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word wainscot, rooted in the mid-14th century, means "imported oak of superior quality (well-grained and without knots), probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote; related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (wagon) + scote (partition, crossbar) and perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork."

Fast-forward now to Elizabethan times where wainscoting grew in popularity as a decorative and protective wall covering. It is still commonly used in Colonial American and English homes.

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Manzanillo Cement Tile adds finesse to any wall or wainscoting application.


La Rochelle Cement Tile

La Rochelle Cement Tile creates a harmonious outdoor wainscoting.


Currently, you can integrate wainscoting into your home with the versatility that only handmade cement tile offers. For a modern, contemporary or vintage look in a bathroom, hallway, or any living area, cement tile provides an ornamental and functional wall treatment that limited only by your imagination.


 Traditional Bayahibe Cement Tile

Vibrant Traditional Bayahibe Cement Tile as wainscoting.


Whether you use cement tile wainscoting for an indoor or outdoor application, keep in mind that each cement tile is individually handmade. Slight variations, such as thickness, shade, imperfections, and irregular edges are inherent to this type of product. These characteristics add to the product's natural appeal and do not compromise the performance of the tile.

Lastly, for more information about cement tile selection, installation tips, customization services, or available sizes, shapes and more, please see our Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile.




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