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If you’re thinking of updating your home interiors and want a finish that demands attention, beautiful encaustic tiles could be just what you’re looking for. Offering a timeless look, our gorgeous range of encaustic tiles are perfect for encapsulating the original charm in period properties or adding an eye-catching aesthetic in modern homes that could benefit from an injection of character.

Here at Tiles Direct, we continually have an eye on quality and cost, ensuring our tiles deliver a high-end finish without the premium price tag. Even though our encaustic tiles are crafted traditionally - with many of the tiles in our range made by hand for an authentic, high-quality finish - we work with trusted suppliers across Europe to ensure we bring our customers the best possible prices on our premium products.

Whether you’re looking to add a touch of vintage-style to a Georgian townhouse or bring a taste of the Mediterranean to a contemporary setting, you’re sure to find all the inspiration you need with our stunning selection of encaustic tiles.

What are encaustic tiles?

Encaustic tiles, also called ‘inlaid’ tiles, have been popular for centuries. From Medieval kings to the Victorians, encaustic tiles have been found all across North America and Europe thanks to their practical nature, appealing aesthetic and religious heritage. 

Traditionally made with inlaid clay in different colours, the decorative detail runs throughout the entire tile, rather than simply being painted onto the upper surface. This signature design feature means that, even after years of being walked on, cleaned and more, the colours and detailing remain visible and timelessly elegant - as seen in iconic buildings like the Palace of Westminster.

In recent years, these stunning tiles have seen a revival in popularity, cropping up regularly in interior design magazines and high-end property developments. However, encaustic tiles are no longer limited to the higher echelons of interior design. Thanks to the refined manufacturing process implemented to mass-produce encaustic tiles more cost-effectively, which often uses cement rather than clay, these vibrant tiles have become a staple choice for home interiors across the nation - meaning homes in the UK and beyond can benefit from detailed, vibrant walls and floors at a great price.

Whether you’re simply refreshing your bathroom design or starting from scratch in a new property development, encaustic tiles serve as an eye-catching design feature in any space. What’s more, the diverse styles of our encaustic floor tiles give them the versatility to enhance almost any environment - which means they’re just as at home in a high-end Manhattan apartment as they would be in a colourful Moroccan souk.

Positive properties galore

If you’re in any doubt about using encaustic tiles in your home, don’t be. Encaustic tiles boast a raft of practical properties that make them the ideal choice for use throughout your home:

  • Inherently resilient - made from cement, encaustic tiles are designed to be hard-wearing. If properly maintained, they’ll deliver a floor or wall covering that’s guaranteed to look beautiful for decades
  • Perfectly practical - boasting exceptional resistance to stains, scratches and moisture, these tiles are the perfect addition to cope with high-traffic areas and inevitable spills and scuffs
  • Weather-resistant - with such strength and resistance to extreme weather and changes in temperature, they’re suitable for installation both outdoors and indoors
  • Low-maintenance - featuring a sealed glaze and inlaid pattern, encaustic tiles are an easy-to-clean, low-maintenance option for any area of the home
  • Endlessly versatile - from the broad spectrum of colours and patterns available to their exceptional durability, encaustic tiles can be used to complement a multitude of colour schemes in bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways, kitchens, gardens and more

Design a beautiful space using encaustic tiles

The greatest draw of encaustic tiles is, undeniably, their good looks. A far cry from the long-term trend towards minimalism, encaustic tiles have been undergoing a revival thanks to their punchy, graphic colours and ornate detailing.

Encaustic floor tiles offer a refreshing change of pace from the standard whitewashed or single-colour flooring found in many bathrooms and kitchens - which makes them the perfect fit for stylish homeowners looking to stand out from the crowd. Encaustic wall tiles are also right at home in kitchens and bathrooms, providing a striking way to spice up a boring backdrop.

But the options don’t end there. Here are a handful of design ideas to give you plenty of inspiration for using encaustic wall and floor tiles in your home.

Standout splashbacks

Add a distinctive finish to practical areas like kitchen and bathroom splashbacks with pretty patterned encaustic tiles that are sure to add panache to functional spaces. Whether you want rustic, Morrocan vibes with a colourful mix of encaustic mosaic tiles or an attention-grabbing geometric design using Vintage Contempo Black tiles, the result will be a striking design feature that’s impossible to ignore.

Playful patterned floors

For vast rooms that lack character and depth, why not opt for a bright, busy pattern like the HLine Effect Cool tile that will work to lift the area and make it feel more homely? Alternatively, you can use patterned encaustic tiles to highlight specific areas or define zones in open-plan living areas - for example, by introducing a tiled rug under a dining or coffee table or a visible divide between kitchen and living areas.

Elegant and understated style

For a more stripped-back look, we also stock a variety of more muted designs, such as our Vintage Hexagon Grey encaustic tile. Laid on floors or walls, these stylish tiles instantly transform a space from bland to beautiful without it feeling too overwhelming. Another option is to create a simplistic monochrome pattern for elegant floors with Vintage Greece Corner tiles, which can be installed in different positions to create subtle designs that will never go out of style.

Vintage vibes for characterful interiors

Period properties or modern interiors inspired by the past can be taken to new creative heights with a number of our encaustic tiles, including some of our stunning Victorian tile designs. From pretty quatrefoils to eye-catching geometric shapes, these retro-inspired pattern tiles would be as at home in a restaurant or charming café as they would in a domestic kitchen, bathroom or hallway.

Impressive hallways

Hallways are often overlooked when it comes to interior updates, but some of our products are particularly reminiscent of Victorian encaustic tiles and would also work in large hallways, where they can help to create a grand and lavish entrance. Intricate designs like that of our Vintage Legend Light tile lend a soft and elegant feel to brighten up even the darkest hallways. To make a bolder statement, though, why not bring some colour into this functional space with our charming Vintage Arrow Tiles?

Mediterranean charm for gardens

If you’re looking for a splash of colour, our Vintage Aliso White tiles will inject your outdoor space with a splash of vibrant style. With a pattern and colour similar to Moroccan encaustic tiles, these can be installed in a garden area to achieve a truly exotic aesthetic. They also create an impressive look when laid over a large-scale floor space inside and out. Paired with wooden tones and accessories dyed in warm colours like red and orange, these tiles can be used to build a world-inspired home aesthetic.

Why order your encaustic tiles from Tiles Direct?

Here at Tiles Direct, we strive to offer our customers the best choice of premium quality products at great-value prices - and with our encaustic tiles collection, you’ll find just that. Backed up by our price match guarantee, we’re confident you won’t find a better deal anywhere else.

As a one-stop shop for tiles, we have everything you need for any low-key or large-scale home improvement project - from your gorgeous encaustic tiles to grout, adhesive and other essential tiling accessories. With free delivery on orders over £499 and the option to buy tile samples for just £1.99 - giving you a chance to feel their quality and see their beauty up close for yourself before buying in bulk - shopping with Tiles Direct will save you time, money and hassle.

Has one of our encaustic tiles caught your eye? Simply select your favourite tile, add to your basket and checkout with ease. If you have any questions about our range of encaustic tiles or any of our other products, get in touch today and a member of the Tiles Direct team will be happy to help.