Maxwell posted a photo of Morrocan cement tiles recently and we love their time-worn beauty as well. In an entryway or kitchen where there's no upholstered furniture to clash with, they draw your eye in and welcome you. And they are a perfect antidote to all things sleek and shiny...
We don't have hallways this large, but we do have a sorta-mudroom area at the back door which would be a great place to inlay some tiles into the wood floor in a little area "rug." There are a lot of of places that sell new and antique cement tiles, and there are so many colors! Some of the newer patterns are easier to get and would even look great as a backsplash or as an accent under a bathroom sink.
Our friend Nancy installed cement tiles around the tub in her bathroom and mixed it with a wood floor. We've always loved how it manages to be both warm and cool at the same time.
Here are some links to places that sell new and antique cement tiles:
Concrete Cottage has a list of places that sell antique cement tiles around the world
Provence Retrouvee sources tiles (and other things!) from the demolitions of ancient buildings in southern France.
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