How To Use Cement Inlays For Decoration: 3 Ideas To Get You Started

Posted on: 29 January 2016

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Cement can be used to create decorative details known as "inlays." The inlays are typically square or rectangular in shape and form, and may remind you of oversized mosaic tiles. However, you usually use these inlays in a more spread out fashion, and the cement tiles themselves have patterns, designs or pictures stamped, acid-washed, carved out or painted into them. You can incorporate your own cement inlays in and around your home in several decorative ways. The following three ideas should get you started.

Backsplash Inlays

One or two large cement inlays, regardless of shape, can work very well as backsplash tiles in your kitchen. They can cover large areas of plain or boring wall behind your kitchen sink or stove. Other, smaller tiles or slices of brick are used to build up around the inlays, although your contractor may also cut away part of the wall to "inlay" the cement pieces and give them a steadier hold on your wall.

Floor Inlays

Wherever you use floor tiles or cement/concrete flooring in and around your home you can use these decorated cement inlays to add a little something extra to the floor. Some people even use them as "stepping stones" in the floor, providing imagery to break up the monotony of a solid gray floor or singularly-colored floor. If you already have a stone, cement or concrete floor installed, the contractor will need to cut spaces out of the floor to install these inlays. (You could do it yourself, but you would need a concrete cutting circular saw and would have to measure and cut the inlay spaces perfectly, or you will have gaps left in your floor that will have to be filled.)

Garden Stepping Stones

Garden stepping stones are perhaps the most common use for cement inlays because homeowners like the customization and personalization the inlays add to their gardens and yards. Additionally, these inlays will require that you or a concrete contractor cut spaces out of the dirt where the inlays will go. Never cut deeper than the depth of the inlay you are installing, and make sure the earth that is cut out to make room for the inlay is flat and even. If you are not sure you have the spaces cut out of your lawn/garden correctly, consult with a contractor. The contractor can verify if the steps you have taken are accurate and sufficient (or the contractor can finish the job for you, too).