Cement and encaustic tiles are everywhere these days, but they are also not cheap. I've noticed a few homes that capture the look of patterned floors with entirely different materials, which let you get that handmade, old world look for a lot less. Here are five inspirational spaces with gorgeous tile, and suggestions for similar, but more affordable, alternatives.
INSPIRATION: FLORAL TILE FLOOR
Home Depot sells encaustic tile lookalikes by Merola Tile that are inspired by vintage designs. At $1.79 each, it is a great price.
INSPIRATION: GEOMETRIC BACKSPLASH
Tamsyn's backsplash is all geometric goodness in the form of handmade Mexican tiles, which add just enough interest to her otherwise simple kitchen.
On the other hand, Megan Pflug painted basic ceramic tiles to get a similar modern feel. You can arrange them in any configuration to change the pattern.
INSPIRATION: PATCHWORK FLOOR
Above, a collaged floor from Paola Navone's line of tile, as seen in Dwell.
For U.K. residents, there's vinyl flooring from Carpetright that costs about £10 per square meter and is extremely practical. In the United States, a combination of Merola Tile's Twenties Collection is a close proximity.
INSPIRATION: MOROCCAN STYLE STAIRCASE
INSPIRATION: 3D TILE KITCHEN
Inexpensive vinyl floor (VCT) can be cut and installed in custom patterns. The kitchen above was done by L.A. based Crogan Inlay Floors, but it's possible to do the process yourself as well. The smaller the pattern, the more labor intensive.
INSPIRATION: BLACK & WHITE BATHROOM FLOOR
Another Merola Tile, called Petal from the Twenties Collection, available from Home Depot.