Our Malibu Faro B pattern was used as a decorative liner for the steam shower. Glaze colors from the pattern were used on the plain and trim tiles for a coordinated look.
This steam shower follows a few rules of contemporary design so that the decorative Spanish tiles don't corrupt the clean, contemporary lines and open feel. Notice the use of color in the shower? Plain field tile from the Malibu Field tile collection are used on the ceiling, floor, and as an outline for the bench. Keeping the color palette simple reinforces the clean lines. Further, the use of pencil liners above and below the Spanish Faro B in the shower softly outlines the pattern and reinforces the lines.
A clean, decorative strip of the same Malibu Faro B liner is used to create interest and a touch of texture. The white 6"x6" tiles, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and pencil liner that edge the liner are all glaze colors found in the deco tile from our Malibu field line, which makes working with this line a true delight for contemporary design. Once you find a decorative tile you like, the color palette for the molding, trim and field tile can be pulled from the deco and make pulling together a cohesive design a breeze. All the Malibu field tile and Malibu deco tiles are made-to-order here in California; but, most orders are delivered in about three or four weeks.
Design Tips for Using Spanish Tile in Contemporary Design
The reason patterned, decorative Spanish tile work so well in contemporary design are simplified to two simple rules. The first rule is color choice; the second is decorative tile placement. If you want to use patterned tile, like our Malibu Spanish tiles, follow these two rules and success is guaranteed.
Tips for using decorative Spanish tile in contemporary design:
- Limit colors to only a few choices and re-use the colors in the tile, molding, trim and vanity.
- Use decorative, patterned tiles in a single row as a backsplash behind a vanity or in a shower surround.