Spanish ceramic tile easily melds with contemporary design and architecture. To that point, we recently had the pleasure of helping a customer who had a love and desire for both Spanish tile and contemporary design.
Liz C. from Houston, TX, who started this project nearly two and half years ago, was both enthusiastic and realistic with what she wanted to incorporate into her home.
She explained, "I'm building a new house and it will provide a place for some of my contemporary art collection; but, it has to include Spanish tile which I love." Before moving on, we must thank Liz for both her inspiration, her ability to plan, and her willingness to work with and try different designs. By planning in advance, she had enough time to execute and realize her vision. Let's start with a tour of her bathroom.
When you look at the master bathroom's countertop and backsplash to the left, everything within the design points to a contemporary style with smooth, clean lines. (see our blog post Spanish Tile Add Pizzazz to Contemporary Bath) for views of the entire master bathroom. The prominent use of white, coupled with a single, bold blue accent color for the vanity defines the visually interesting elements. However, doesn't the decorative Malibu Faro B liner with its gentle curves and low relief look grand when paired with the bright blue vanity, cabinets and hardware? It works flawlessly because the patterned, decorative tile is used simply and follows a clean, straight 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 Ceramic Field Tiles 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 Ceramic Tiles, follow these two rules and success is guaranteed:
- Limit colors to only a few choices and re-use the colors within 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.