Most homeowners in San Francisco tend to stick to neutral colors and don’t want splashes of striking colors or use of bold patterns in their space. So, to liven up the design projects I work on and keep it interesting, I try to introduce encaustic or cement tiles to my clients. Encaustic and cement tile is popping up everywhere and becoming a trendy addition to interior and exterior spaces based on it’s unique artistry and customizable design. It’s a creative way to include patterns and natural colors that convey something completely different than ceramic tile or other kinds of materials – you get a Mediterranean vibe. What exactly is encaustic or cement tile? A lot of people call it encaustic cement tile as if it’s one and the same, but they are very different. The name gets confused by everyone even by tile manufactures and tile vendors. Both tiles are un-glazed, but there are very important differences. The main difference between cement tiles and encaustic tiles are the materials that are used and the production process each goes through.