If you love the rich colors and unique patterns of encaustic cement tile, and the bright colors and stylized patterns found in traditional Spanish tile, then this design idea is for you!
One of our customers combined both styles and materials when she recently designed the living room of her new contemporary home. We'll show you how she did it, and share a few tips on how to use both patterned Spanish ceramic tiles and handmade cement tiles effortlessly.
The living area features open spaces, high ceilings and built-in cabinets. It also features a fireplace and hearth with encaustic cement tiles (see Cement Tile Border Provides a Peaceful Pattern for Home's Hearth). A single row of Spanish Burgos ceramic 6"x6" tiles are used along the front of the built-in cabinets counter, while Brushed Spanish Green field tile and Spanish ceramic Burgos dot tiles fill out the rest of the counter space. Used together, these tiles bring style to a contemporary home without compromising the architectural look, or competing with the surrounding artwork.
The Burgos pattern is a liner tile, or one that makes a pattern when run as a row, and is a great choice for the counter. Liners are also excellent choices for a backsplash or for tile stair risers.
One of the beautiful things about hand-painted tile is that you can see the brush strokes and the hand of the tile artisan. This is exhibited by the variation in the shade of the glaze's color after it has been kiln fired. For solid, hand-painted tile, where a single color is used, you will notice the brush strokes or "striping" effect. In this installation, the tiles were oriented so the stripes ran the same direction. This is an important detail and works well for this particular installation.
For additional ideas and suggestions on how to implement Spanish style and Spanish tile into your next design or project, visit out Spanish Tile Design Center!
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