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Achieve Symmetry With Cuban Heritage Cement Tile

Achieve Symmetry With Cuban Heritage Cement Tile

Implementing Cuban Heritage cement tile in your next remodeling project or new construction would not only bring a designer's touch to any space, but it would also connect the colors of the room and furniture for a cohesive look.

In this sitting area within a large office, a cement tile "rug" is placed atop the surrounding solid color cement tile. Not only is it acceptable to break up the flooring pattern with a cement tile rug, but the room now commands the attention of anyone entering. What a beautiful, versatile, and colorful greeting to anyone that enters this space!

Here's an example of how our Cuban Heritage cement tile was used on a kitchen backsplash where the backsplash became the focal point of the room.

Cuban Tiles are Cement Tiles

Cement tiles became known as Cuban Tiles because of their ubiquitous use in both residential and commercial applications on the island of Cuba.

Cuban tiles, as seen in our Cuban Heritage Handmade Cement Tile collection, use bold, bright colors like salmon or indigo. Also prominent in Cuban tile is the use of double borders. This is a wonderful example of contemporary cement tile design.

Cuban Tile Design Tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind when designing with Cuban Heritage cement tile:

  • Limit your choices to a few colors.
  • Choose simple patterns that use just a few colors in a contemporary palette.
  • The alternating patterns of the medallion and cross create a "checker board" pattern that works well in large rooms. Consider using a border if the room is symmetrical and fairly large. Otherwise, run the tile design to the edge of the room.
  • Use a border at the edge of a room if you're installing the same pattern on vertical and horizontal surfaces to provide a transition.
  • On simple geometric patterns, try "mismatching" dark and light colors on neighboring tile. This works well for high-contrast tiles.

Cuban Heritage Design 110 Pattern Elements

Most importantly, keep in mind that this particular Cuban Heritage cement tile pattern uses two quarter designs that alternate. You can alternate the medallion and cross patterns as shown, or you could just use one for a smaller space. Cuban Heritage Design 110 Pattern Elements

For more cement tile design inspiration, check out all the ideas we've posted on, our Pinterest boards, and browse through dozens of our Cement Tile Design Ideas pages.

Cuban Heritage Design 110 1C Handmade Cement Tile
Cuban Heritage Design 110-1C
Cuban Heritage Design 110 3B Handmade Cement Tile
Cuban Heritage Design 110-3B

Cement Tile Installation Tip

Cement tile can be used on the floors, walls, and ceilings of bathrooms, showers, and other wet areas if they are sealed properly with a penetrating sealer. This step helps to avoid stains, while keeping the tiles watertight. Installing cement tile is a fairly simple process, we recommend reading our Cement Tile Installation Guide.

Lastly, each cement tile is individually handmade, therefore, slight variations in thickness, shade, imperfections and irregular edges are normal, and are to be expected. These characteristics add to the products natural appeal and do not compromise the performance of the tile. It is very important when installing to pull pieces at random from different boxes in order to achieve a better distribution and blending of the material.

If you need further assistance or have any questions about cement tile, then please feel free to call our offices at 888.739.4972 or email us at:

Photo courtesy of Aguayo Tile.


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