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Expert Advice: What You Need to Know About Cement Tiles

Learn the basics of this material, where to buy it, and how you can showcase these at home

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

Known for its distinct Spanish and geometric multicolored patterns, cement tiles were mostly used in churches, museums, and old Spanish Colonial houses in the past. Often referred to as Spanish tiles, Baldozas, or Machuca tiles, it has made a comeback in recent years as designers and homeowners alike use it to make floors and walls more interesting.

We're sure that you've seen these handmade cement tiles in one place or another—in hip coffee shops, restaurants, and even in homes. If you're curious about this material and would like to explore the possibility of using it in your own space, here are basics you need to know:

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