You don’t have to go overseas to recreate the look of a Spanish style dwelling right in your own home. Start with authentic Mexican tile as the foundation for your design, add furniture and accessories to complement, and before you know it, you’ll be living in a little slice of paradise. Here are a few tile and design recommendations to get your creative juices flowing.
Saltillo Terra Cotta tile is known for its great beauty and versatility. It can be installed indoors or outdoors, in almost any space you can imagine, and comes in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. No two pieces of Saltillo tile are exactly alike, which enhances their rustic charm. Rustico Tile and Stone manufactures three distinct types of Saltillo tile: Traditional, Antique, and Manganese.
If you’re looking for a Mexican tile that will bring a drab space to life, try Traditional Saltillo, and select from rich hues of yellow, red and orange. If you’re going for an Old-World hacienda theme, try Antique Saltillo tile, which is hand-textured and resembles reclaimed clay tile. For an understated sophistication, opt for Manganese Saltillo, and take your pick of light or dark shades of brown. The black swirls on each Manganese tile lend a lovely marbled look to any area.
In the kitchen, choose a darker grout to contrast the tile color, and incorporate elements such as dark cabinets or wrought iron light fixtures. For the dining room or family room, match the size of the tile to the size of the room: large tiles for grand spaces, small tiles for intimate spaces. Toss some colorful throws over your couch and chairs, add some bright area rugs, and showcase your favorite Spanish pottery or paintings on the mantel and walls. If your bathroom needs a little extra pop, choose a tile pattern such as Riviera or Fleurs de Lis to create more depth and interest.
If you’re in the market for a Mexican tile that will look beautiful and also hold up to high traffic, Cement tile is an excellent choice. This encaustic-style tile is ideal for patios, bathrooms, pools, and other wet areas. It is available in dozens of designs and over 60 solid colors at Rustico, and can be used as an accent or to cover a full wall or floor.
If you install Cement tile on your outdoor patio, you can create a modern Spanish-style effect by choosing a hexagonal or octagonal tile shape for the design. Add some tropical plants and low seats to your space to complete the look.
Speaking of patios, if you’re craving a touch of Spanish architecture, look no further than authentic Cantera stone. It is derived from volcanic rock in Central America and Mexico, making it the ideal choice for carving.
For your outdoor Spanish haven, consider installing a Cantera stone fountain, fireplace, or pillars for a bold statement. Cantera tiles also make a stunning and durable patio floor. Add some potted plants and wrought iron lanterns for rustic appeal.
Bringing Talavera tile into the home is like holding a piece of Spanish history. This Mexican tile dates back to the 1500s, when it was popularly used for pottery. Today, Rustico offers hand painted Talavera ceramic tile in many colors and styles, and it is perfectly suited to myriad locations in the home. You can try it as a kitchen backsplash, install it on your countertops, or use it to tile your shower enclosure. Talavera is also an amazing decorative tile: it looks stunning when installed on stair risers or arranged as a wall mural.
Use Talavera tile as an accent piece against the backdrop of neutral wall colors, select an intricate design for your wooden staircase, or try it as an inset for your Saltillo tile flooring.
I hope these suggestions have given you some inspiration for your own home!
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