Cement tile rugs can give even the simplest of rooms a unique look. They’re an easy and affordable way to make a style statement that’s both stunning and practical! One of the great things about cement tile rugs is their flexibility when it comes to design; the sheer amount of tile choice means that it’s easy to create a tile rug that fits your home and expresses your personality. They are also a very affordable way of turning your boring floors into a feature of your home.
What is a cement tile rug?
Material rugs are normally placed on top of your floor to add a focal point to your home’s floor. They can add a splash of color, define certain areas of the space or be the design focal point of a room. A cement tile rug is a floor design created using cement tiles to make a feature “rug” within a tiled floor, the rest of the floor is then made with plain tiles to frame the rug area. The pattern can be made in a traditional style or with a modern design to accentuate the look and feel of your home.
Where can cement tile rugs be used in a home?
One of the great things about cement tile rugs is that they can be used in any part of your home. Cement tile flooring is very hardwearing and can be used in any room as long as the appropriate subflooring is used and the tiles are sealed to protect them. Tile rugs work best in simple spaces where their design would add a focus to the room. Tile rugs even make a beautiful feature on an outdoor patio!
Creating The Perfect Design
Creating the right design can be the difference between your cement tile floor adding a designer look to your home and a floor that looks out of place. Follow these simple steps to create the perfect cement tile rug design for your home:
Choose a style
Tile rug designs range from traditional to modern. When thinking about the tile rug design for your home think about which style will best fit into your home’s existing look. If your home has a very modern feel adding a traditional design rug would feel out of place. You can use the style groups within the different collections to easily find different tiles that will look good together.
Color can either make or break the design of a rug. It’s important to pick colors that you’ll be happy to have as part of your home for a long time. Color selection should be heavily influenced by the role you want your tile rug to play in your home’s interior design. Choosing bright colors and intricate patterns will create a bold design that makes your tile rug the feature of the room. Picking more subdued colors and designs will create a design that blends in more with rest of the room.
Choose a location
Tile rugs can be placed on any part of your floor but they often look best when centered in the middle of a room. If you’re having trouble deciding on the size and shape of your rug you can lay newspaper down on the floor in the shape of your ideal rug. This will give you a visual reference to help you establish the best dimensions of the finished rug. It’s important to remember to leave space around your rug design that can be filed with plain tiles. This serves two purposes: it prevents patterned tiles from needing to be cut where they meet the wall and it accentuates the design of your rug. Most rooms aren’t square and cutting patterned tiles can make the lack of 90 degree corners really stand out. Using plain tiles around the edge makes this problem much less of an issue.
Design the layout
There is one simple yet important rule to follow to ensure that your tile rug looks as a good as possible: use either the same size tiles for all parts of the rug or tiles that fit together without the need for cutting. For example, this could be a combination of an 8×8 tile and a 4×4 tile. This rule makes the installation much easier and will give you a better quality finish, as you won’t have any cut edges. Your design can be as simple or as ornate as you’d like. Many people use one tile design for the center of the rug, another for the border and a third for the surrounding area, but feel free to be as creative as you want!
Installing the floor
If you plan on installing the tile rug yourself the most important part of the whole process is to ensure that you start with a solid and level surface. Depending on your existing floor you may need to install a subfloor to make sure that your tile rug stays looking as good as the day it was installed! A solid foundation helps prevent tiles from cracking and will make the installation much easier.