Inspired by encaustic (Moroccan) tile from the period, Moroccan-style tiles are one of interior design’s reigning trends of the last few years. People in the medieval period knew something or another about tiles. Following are the advantages and disadvantages of the Timeless Moroccan Tiles:

Versatility

The most popular spots for Moroccan-style tiles are undoubtedly bathroom floors, kitchen backsplashes, and fireplaces, but they aren’t limited to those spaces. If you want to incorporate this trend with a twist, try these three spots: wainscoting, stair risers, and window frames.

  • Stair risers

You can transform your staircase into an accent piece by installing Moroccan-style tiles on the risers. This type of design will certainly impress guests, especially if the staircase is at your home’s entrance.

  • Window frames

Try mixing different patterns of Moroccan-style tiles, or select a single pattern that forms a border if you prefer more continuity.

  • Wainscoting

Wrapping a section of your wall with vibrant patterned Moroccan-style tile creates a stunning mural effect. 

Timeless Moroccan Tiles are Pre-modern

They may not be tomorrow’s but version of mid-century linoleum and avocado green appliances, but there’s a good chance that many Moroccan-style tiles will look time-stamped in a decade. Still, as mentioned above, there are ways to make them look timeless.

Trends come and go, of course, so if you’re planning to stay in your home long-term and love the look of Timeless Moroccan-style tiles, go for it. But if you’re planning to sell in the next five to 10 years, there are safer tile options to consider.

They can match all kinds of themes 

Sure, Moroccan-style tiles might look better in certain types of homes than others, but designers and homeowners haven’t shied away from experimenting with them in a wide range of spaces. Here, the design team covered the range backsplash in this kitchen in soft faded Moroccan-style tiles that lend a trendy touch to the rustic space.

Homes with Mediterranean influences are an obvious fit for Moroccan-style tiles. You can also use Moroccan-style tiles in transitional spaces. They pair particularly well with wood textures, such as the floating shelves in this kitchen.

However,

They’re high-maintenance

Concrete is naturally porous, and the surface of encaustic tiles isn’t protected by a glaze. As a result, Moroccan-style tiles are susceptible to staining. You should treat them like natural stone, which means routine sealing (some manufacturers recommend a seal prior to installation), cleaning up spills immediately, and avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture.

But,

They can be timeless

It’s true that not all designs age well. Done right, though, Moroccan-style tiles can appear as timeless as natural stone. Farmhouse and rustic designs are prime picks when it comes to creating a space with longevity. Combining neutral, subtly patterned Moroccan-style tiles with ageless materials such as wood, travertine stone and Saltillo tile can help keep your design fresh for years to come.

If you’re set on this look but want less maintenance, shop around for porcelain and ceramic look-alikes. They don’t require sealing and generally hold up well to spills and water.

Wet zones may be off-limits for certain types of tiles, namely encaustic and hand-painted tiles. Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the surface over time. Always check manufacturer usage guidelines before installing these tiles on a shower floor.

 

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