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Decorative Spanish Ceramic Tile Inserts

Decorative Spanish Ceramic Tile Inserts

Hand-painted decorative tiles add color and interest to any floor. They can be used with terracotta tiles, stone pavers, or with manufactured porcelain and ceramic floor tiles.

In the installation shown here (left), a Barcelona San Jose 3" x 3" tile is placed "on point" in a notched floor tile. Remember, floor tiles will need to be cut and this will increase your installation cost. Also, you should increase the quantity of floor tile purchased by about 10% to 15%. If available, purchase pavers with a notch to minimize the number of field cuts during installation.

Choose from a variety of decorative tiles from our Malibu, Barcelona, Spanish, or Portuguese tile lines. You can even mix or match from different lines for a more modern and eclectic look. Solid color tiles or field tile can also be used with or instead of decorative tiles.

Spanish Tile Design Tip

You can also add interest by considering different paving patterns. Instead of the "on point" pattern shown to the left, you might consider an offset pattern, such as the one shown below.

Decorative Tiles work well with floor pavers in an off-set pattern
Deco tiles insets are used in this offset pattern.

In a repeating offset pattern, follow the design rule of thirds when selecting the inset tile size. You'll achieve the best balance in size and scale. In other words, the decorative inset tile should be about one-third the length of the paver. For instance, if you are installing 12"x12" pavers, use 4"x4" deco tiles for the inset pattern; use 2" dots for 6"x6" pavers.

Using decorative ceramic tiles for an insert creates drama and interest. The pattern on each insert tile blends well with the larger tile next to it to create a seamless design. Don't be afraid to experiment with bold patterns or vivid colors.

See other great ways to use decorative tiles in Four Ways to Use Hand Painted Tiles.

You can also find additional ceramic tile design ideas by browsing through dozens of our Ceramic Tile Design Ideas portfolio page. If you're on Pinterest, then make sure to be our Pin-Pal by checking out our Pinterest boards.


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