Learn What to Do After Installing Cement Tiles and Take the Next Steps to Complete Your Design Project
You’ve made great strides in your design project so far. You shopped for cement tiles, selected your pattern, and finished the installation. But now what? Although you’ve laid the groundwork, there’s still a long way to go to add those finishing touches and complete your space. The LiLi Tile team shares what to do after installing cement tiles so you can wrap up your project and start enjoying your fresh, new room.
12 Things to Do After Installing Cement Tiles
Before you approach another design to-do list, take a minute to appreciate the work you’ve done so far. After all, you narrowed down your cement tile selection and survived installation day! Those are two big accomplishments. However, there are a few more steps to put the finishing touches on your space and round off your design.
1. Clean Your Cement Tiles
You must clean and seal your cement tiles if you haven't already. Familiarize yourself with our cement tile maintenance guide to ensure your tiles are protected before your next project. Trust us. It’s much easier to clean and seal before you start moving in furniture and décor!
2. Learn the Ins and Outs of Cement Tile Maintenance
While cement tiles are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, they are porous. So like a natural stone surface, they require some special care. Research the best products and learn how to clean your cement tile floors so they’ll look fresh for years to come.
3. Hone in on Your Design Style
If you still haven’t quite honed in on your design style yet, don’t worry! The tile pattern you picked probably holds some clues on the direction you should take for the rest of your space. You might want to lean into a contemporary design scheme if you chose a tile with clean lines. On the other hand, if your tile features florals, curvy patterns, or cute animal motifs, you may be more of a cottagecore person. Your flooring is the base of your room, so let it guide the rest of your design decisions.
4. Research the Latest Trends
If you need more design inspiration, look to the latest interior design trends. Trends are popular for a reason, and that reason is that they look pretty darn stylish! Curate images from magazines, design websites, or social media, and start creating a trending mood board to guide the design of your space. Just don’t forget to match trends to your tile selection!
5. Learn How to Mix Colors and Patterns
LiLi cement tiles are bold and packed with colors and patterns. For some, mixing these vibrant tiles with other design elements such as paint, wallpaper, or textiles can initially feel like a challenge. Rather than going the neutral route, take time to learn how to mix colors and patterns to create an energetic and stunning design.
6. Pick Out Paint Colors
Once you’ve become familiar with the rules of color and pattern mixing, you can go on to make your next big design decision — paint color. You’ll need to select colors for the walls, doors, trim, cabinets, and even the ceiling. Pull color options straight from your cement-tile pattern, or find new coordinating colors. Here’s a hint: Take a tile sample with you to the paint store!
7. Remember to Put Quality First
LiLi cement tiles are durable and beautiful. So, you’ll want to select other quality materials to ensure your space is built to last. Look for markers of quality, whether it’s a sturdy feel, solid wood construction, or scuff-proof finish.
8. Coordinate Your Hardware Finishes
Coordination is cohesion. If you selected a cement-tile pattern from our Metal Insert Collection, consider matching your tiles to your hardware finishes. For example, a brass-insert tile kitchen backsplash would shine even brighter when paired with brass cabinet pulls and plumbing fixtures.
9. Create a Floor Plan Layout
Plan out your space before you start filling it with furniture and accessories. Creating a floor plan will help you visualize the room and narrow down your selections by size and function. When creating a floor plan, don’t forget to make the extra calculations to ensure everything is drawn to scale!
10. Shop for Comfy and Practical Furniture
After you’ve created a floor plan, you can start working on your furniture shopping list. The biggest factors to consider are aesthetics, function, and comfort. You want your furniture to coordinate with the space, but it must also be inviting. Take your tile and paint color samples to the showroom to ensure everything works together.
11. Select Matching Décor and Accessories
Décor and accessories are the icing on the cake. The options for artwork, curtains, pillows, and sculpture are truly limitless. Look no further than your cement tile to help you rein in the possibilities. Draw from your tile color palette to select accessories and patterns that coordinate.
12. Always Have Fun!
Have fun through the design process! Stressful decisions will pop up from time to time. However, you can use our guide to keep you on track and allow your tile selection to direct the rest of your design choices. Remember, your project outlook should be as bright and playful as your LiLi cement tiles. Happy designing!Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more tile trends and design tips. Need some extra help? Give us a call! We love sharing our thoughts on the latest trends and answering any cement tile questions you have.