Geometric encaustic patterned tiles

That was a bit of a mouthful. It may seem like i’m being far too specific … there are obviously so many other beautiful ceramic, porcelain, terracotta tiles out there in a variety of ornate patterns, textures and colours….

But at this moment in time, I’m particularly obsessed with anything Geometric, Encaustic and Patterned. I suppose it goes against my usual design style, typical of an architect – modernist, white, ‘unfussy’ but actually using these colourful, earthy tiles can bring life and richness to an otherwise neutral space. I’m trying to avoid using the word ‘feature’ as in ‘feature wall’… it reminds me too much of Carol Smiley.

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What does encaustic mean? Basically its decorating by burning in colours as an inlay, especially using coloured clays or pigments mixed with hot wax.

I went to Lisbon earlier this year – the buildings are covered in these beautiful geometric encaustic patterned tiles. There were a lot of other more ornate designs but I loved this one in particular…






I think this would work really well on the floor of my kitchen or bathroom! There is a company called Terrazzo tiles who can create (or copy) bespoke patterns for you and very reasonably priced for a bespoke product. They have loads more of lovely patterns on their website to choose from.


Here are a few of our favourites from Terrazzo…


geometric Black 4 tiles

Geometric Black Encaustic Tile – “by Juxtaposing dark and light shades of the same colour, this tile creates the 3D effect of a cube” 

hexagonal triangles grey

Handmade hexagonal cement tile “forms a triangular pattern when laid” 


2fired earth evora

Evora in aubergine blue and white by Fired Earth… or Terrazzo Tiles also do a version of this called Nadia, in various colours


Terrazzo Tiles Encaustic Cement Tiles

Flecha tile – “The ‘Flecha’ bespoke pattern is a graphic tile that will create an impact. Use this cement tile pattern in conjunction with a plain white tile to increase the feeling of space on a wall and also of course as a stunning floor tile.”


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More interior inspiration next week…

Emily  Design for Me


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