Cuban Cement Tile Plays Historic Role

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Cuban cement tile is a popular choice for a kitchen backsplash, wall or wainscot because the tiles add color, pattern, and the appearance of texture or movement. With their versatility also comes customization. It's because of this trait that our client chose to specify Cuban Heritage tiles for her restoration project.

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Donna Hochberg completed a remodel of a 1790 post-and-beam Federal style home in North Reading, MA. She says, "I purchased cement tiles from you. The tiles have become the centerpiece of my kitchen remodel. It was a pleasure working with you on this project and I hope to have some other projects in the future!"

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Cuban Heritage cement tiles in a colonial-era remodel.
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Using two custom colorways, Donna choose a color palette that matched her home and taste. She used the Cuban cement tiles for the kitchen backsplash and as an accent wall behind a heating stove. The kitchen backsplash in one colorway utilizes only the cross pattern; the wall feature behind the stove, in a different colorway, uses the alternating quarter design pattern. With the renderings that Avente Tile created, based on Donna's color choices, she was to visualize the pattern before strike-off samples or a full order was placed.

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Donna Hochberg's kitchen remodel used Cuban Heritage cement tiles in a custom colorway not only for her kitchen, but also as a focal point for the dining room.
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Obviously, Cuban cement tiles are an excellent way to add color and pattern to a commercial space or home. Originally designed as a durable decorative flooring choice, they have increasingly become more popular as a feature wall for a kitchen backsplash. The most popular pattern and colorway in the Cuban Heritage Collection is Design 110-2B. The motif consists of two quarter design patterns on 8-inch square tiles: a medallion and cross. The pattern is very fluid and the cross and medallion alternate in checkerboard-fashion. However, both the cross and medallion can be used separately for a very different effect. Although we stock three colorways in this pattern, it's popular to customize the colors for a truly personal and unique touch.

Happily, the remodel of Donna Hochberg's home was featured in The Boston Globe. It's a fascinating read and provides details about the design choices she and the architect faced. Read the complete article, "Restoring an 18th-Century North Reading Home" for additional details and the full story.

Lastly, for visual inspiration on how cement tiles can enhance any room or setting, visit us on; see what we've been pinning onto the Avente Tile Pinterest boards; browse through dozens of our Cement Tile Design Ideas; and visit our recently launched Instagram page! You might also like to view the extensive process of creating individual handmade cement tiles by watching our YouTube videos.


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