Installation Equation: Granada Tile in the Kitchen

It’s pretty much a given that, no matter the occasion, the party generally winds up in the kitchen—be it an elegant formal dinner or a casual gathering with pizza. It’s really no surprise then that when folks choose to remodel or start from scratch, the kitchen automatically gets special attention. With cement tile from Granada Tile as part of your kitchen, you’ve immediately upped the design ante! No matter what your personal style, our Echo Collection has a little something for anyone looking to spice up a kitchen. Herewith are some tile photos to get you thinking about kitchen tile installation.

Do you lean to the traditional but stil like a little spark? Here’s a great tile backsplash in a more traditional kitchen.

Our multicolored Alhambra tile design livens up a sweet, traditional kitchen. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

The palette of the Alhambra tile pattern complements the yellow and green of the kitchen cabinets. It strikes a rustic note, too, that works perfectly with the wood countertops.

Even if you’re more the industrial type—think spare, gleaming expanses of stainless steel—our concrete tiles are just right for you. Just take a look at what the folks at Shubin Donaldson did for the Biscuit Filmworks office kitchen.

For the kitchen at Biscuit Filmworks, Fez provides a lively tile backsplash. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Using our Fez tile design for the kitchen tile immediately brightens the space and adds pattern and color, tempering the potential severity of the polished marble and stainless steel.

As you can see, Granada tile isn’t just for small scale backsplashes or kitchen wall tiles in more industrial settings. When used as wall tiles over a large space in a residential kitchen, the effect is equally impressive.

More than just backsplash tile, Cluny covers an entire wall in a contemporary kitchen. Tile photo courtesy Orange Beautiful and Colleen Locke.

The chic, classically French tile design of Cluny holds it own in the contemporary kitchen and mixes effortlessly with the bold light fixtures and table.

Of course, Granada tile isn’t just for tile backsplashes or kitchen tile walls! It’s also the perfect choice for your kitchen floor since it’s so tough—taking a beating from feet, paws, spills and drops it still looks amazing.

Another take for Cluny, this time as the floor tile in a kitchen. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

In Adrianna Lopez’s talented hands, she saved the tile for the floors for a recent kitchen project. Against the stark white of the walls, cabinets and appliances, our Cluny tile design brings levity to the kitchen and proves Granada Tile can look great anywhere!

If you’re thinking about a kitchen tile installation yourself, we’ve got lots more photos to inspire you on our Web site. Take a look, get some ideas. Give us a shout. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Get the Look: Bringing the flair of Brazil’s cement tiles to your home

Last week, Granada Tile took you on a tour of the breathtaking cement tiles found all over Brazil. It got us thinking about how we might translate the tile installations in Brazil using our own concrete tile designs. Happily, given the breadth of our Echo Collection, we’re pleased to report that you can easily bring a little of Brazil into your next project. Here are some tile pictures to get you started!

Did you love the Belle Epoque glamour of the floor tiles at the Confeitaria Columbo in Rio?

The lovely cement tile installation at Confeitaria Columbo in Rio de Janeiro. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Then how about capturing some of that glamour by using our St. Tropez tile design? It has a particularly French feel, which would work perfectly when used as floor tiles or as wall tiles to create a dramatic accent.

Granada Tile’s St. Tropez tile design evokes the glamour of the Confeitaria Columbo’s antique tile floors. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re more of a minimalist, we bet you loved the tile outside Iglesia de Gloria, also in Rio.

Geometric cement tile outside the Iglesia de Gloria in Rio. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If that’s the case, our Burgos tile design in grays and whites might be what you’re looking for.

A simple geometric tile design, Burgos is a versatile choice for any tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

A versatile pattern, it would be the perfect choice for a tile backsplash or for bathroom wall tiles. With a huge palette of colors to choose from, too, you can play with it to your heart’s content.

Now, if a mod look is more your thing, we bet that the alternating zig zig and straight line pattern that lines a São Paulo street floated your boat.

A playful pattern of cement tiles with straight and zig zag lines runs down a São Paulo street. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

You can recreate the tile installation simply by opting for Ardoz and Santander arranged in alternating squares. It would be a great choice for kitchen tile or even make a dramatic wall tile.

Alternating out Santander and Ardoz tile designs makes a bold tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Let the wonderful cement tiles of Brazil inspire you and your own imagination guide you to create your own concrete tile designs.

Breaking News: Fez wall tiles at Portland’s Corazón

In the last week, we’ve shown you tile pictures of exquisite, antique cement tile floors in Brazil, as well as kitchen tiles from yours truly, Granada Tile, in a newly remodeled Florida condo. Today, we’re turning our attention to the Pacific Northwest—specifically Portland, Oregon, where our concrete tiles are making a statement in a buzzy new restaurant in the city’s hip Pearl District.

Called Corazón, it’s a bustling place with a menu that transforms local ingredients into Mexican favorites. The brainchild of Chris Israel, a local chef who has been making a name for himself recently (he received his second James Beard award nomination not long ago), the place is quickly becoming a destination. For the space, he turned to designer Jessica Helgerson and her team at her Portland-based company JHID.

Designer Jessica Helgerson used Fez for the wall tiles lining the bar at Corazón in Portland, Oregon. Tile photo, Dina Avila (

In keeping with her fresh, modern approach to design, Helgerson turned the industrial space into a playful, comfortable spot perfect for a quick drink or lively dinner with friends. To temper the more hard-edged elements—a vast concrete floor and very high ceilings—of the existing environment, Helgerson opted for warm woods and other materials, such as rope and basket-weave fixtures, with a softer, more organic feel. She also included plenty of succulents, ferns and other greenery in a planter to further soften things. And there’s the tile. For the tile walls lining covering the vast bar, Helgerson went for our Fez tile design. The tile installation adds color and pattern not to mention upping the visual fun of the restaurant. With its color and texture, Corazón brings the flavor of Mexico into the Pacific Northwest.

We’re so happy to be a part of the tile installation at Corazón, and we’re guessing the feeling is mutual. An image of the Fez-covered bar serves as their homepage’s background!

Breaking News: Normandy makes the scene in a condo remodel

Few things are more satisfying than seeing a major renovation wrap up. All the months of headaches, decisions, mess, noise and more decisions in the end are more than worth it—after the last nail is hammered and the last knob screwed in. We here at Granada Tile love these projects and are delighted to be part of a recent one!

If you regularly check out Apartment Therapy, then you’ve probably been following Dabney Frake and Ann Manubay’s long-distance renovation of a Florida vacation condo owned by Ann’s parents. Beloved by the family, it hit a rough patch while being rented a while back. Afterwards, Dabney and Ann were given the go-ahead to shake things up and undertook a pretty serious remodel of the very early-’80s place.

They focused a good portion of their efforts on the kitchen, which was a riot of laminate surfaces: backsplash, countertops, cabinets, you name it. Not to mention the fact that the palette languished in the drab brown end of the spectrum. Fast forward to today and look what they’ve done.

Gone is the laminate backsplash. Now, Granada Tile’s Normandy tile design covers the backsplash in a Florida condo. Image, Dabney Frake for Apartment Therapy.

Frake and Manubay effectively erased all traces of the old kitchen. Instead, it’s a light, bright space befitting its sunny Florida location. They chose sleek, white cabinets and installed elegant Cararra marble for the countertops. The brass hardware adds glamour and just a subtle touch of color. Of course, we’re partial to the tile backsplash. For the kitchen tile, they opted for our Normandy cement tile design. While the motif is traditional, harkening back to old French designs, the grey and white color scheme they chose is fresh and contemporary—right at home in the minimal yet inviting kitchen.

So, if you’re in the market to freshen up your kitchen or start over, talk to us at Granada Tile. We can help you find the perfect kitchen tile for your project.

Living History: A Stroll through the Cement Tiles of Brazil

When you think of Brazil, the natural beauty of the Amazon and the man-made glamour of Carnival immediately spring to mind. They may be wholly different animals, but they have one thing in common: color. Lots of it. The vivid hues of the jungle and its flora and fauna. The bright shades of the floats and costumes. For us at Granada Tile, Brazil also means phenomenal cement tile, which captures the lively, bright spirit of the country. There’s a little something for every tile lover there—from lovely, traditional tile designs to more mod, contemporary styles.

First up: a stop at Confeitaria Columbo, a pastry shop with a rich history located right in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. For well over a century, it has been the go-to spot for artists, writers and politicians who flock to it. Designed to rival the elegance of Parisian patisseries, its décor features elaborate concrete floor tiles.

Established to rival the patisseries of Paris, with a design to match (featuring cement floor tiles), Confeitaria Columbo is in in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

More concrete tiles can be found at the Iglesia da Gloria, also in Rio. In a quiet color scheme befitting a church, the tile installation nonetheless add a lovely visual dimension to the neoclassical lines of the the building. The geometric design offers a treat for for the eyes.

Iglesia da Gloria, also in Rio, also features cement tiles in a sober gray, white and red palette. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

While traveling in Brazil, we also ran across some really fantastic examples of patchwork cement tile designs, which seems to capture the essential spirit of the country. In the northeastern state of Bahia, we happened upon a carpet of cement tiles in Salvador laid out in a patchwork pattern. Mixed together, they’re an unexpected and joyful tile installation.

Even outside Rio, cement tiles turn up, such as the fun patchwork floor in Salvadora. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

This has to be one of our favorite tile designs we discovered in Brazil: floor tiles in a pattern of alternating yellow and gray stripes and zigzags. It lines a sidewalk that stretches the length of a short street in São Paulo. Along it you’ll find chic restaurants and shops—the bold pattern makes it an even more fashionable destination.

A pattern of alternating geometries lines a sidewalk in Sao Paulo. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

For more tile photos from Brazil, head over to our installation gallery, where you can take in more of the country’s outstanding cement tile. If you’re headed there yourself, don’t forget to pay special attention to the ground and the walls—you never know when you’ll see some fantastic concrete tile. Be sure to take some photos, too! We love to see tile pictures from your travels.

Breaking News: Fez Steals the Show

Last week, we shared a great bathroom incorporating several Granada Tile designs, and today we’ve got another great bathroom to show you. This time around, it illustrates just how beautifully effective just one of our cement tile designs is at transforming a space.

For this bathroom project, Edward Solis used our old friend Fez-928B from our flagship Echo Collection. (There’s a reason why this is our signature tile design and one of our most popular–it’s versatile, graphic and bold. Let’s face it: this particular concrete tile design is something of a chameleon in the ways it can fit in to pretty much any space.) As with all of our clients, of course, he came up with a distinct way of featuring Fez  in his bathroom tile installation.

Black-and-white cement wall tiles in Granada Tile’s Fez design enliven a Los Angeles bathroom. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Solis chose to install Fez in the custom color palette of black and white as wall tiles on  behind the tub and shower and on the entire bathroom floor. Against the light blue walls, it’s an outstanding choice for bathroom tile. There’s a unity and seamlessness to the look, especially on closer inspection when you discover that an inset has been tiled too.

Fez used as wall tiles and floor tiles in this Los Angeles bathroom adds an Art Deco flair. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Combining Fez floor tiles and wall tiles with plumbing fixtures that have an Art Deco-ish profile, Solis created a space that has a vintage flavor but still feels very contemporary. It’s personal, lovely and unique.

Get to Know: Our Tile Installation Layout Tool

Granada Tile‘s cement tiles can go pretty much anywhere, so, if you’re yearning to makeover your house, our concrete tiles are the perfect answer for your bathroom tile or for your kitchen tile—to name just a few spots where they fit in perfectly. To get you started, you can take a look at tile photos on our tile installation galleries, which give you all kinds of inspiration from colors and patterns to tile and design installation ideas all in one handy spot. We’ve got another great tool to help you too.

Say you’ve decided that Ardoz-924 is the cement tile of your dreams. You think it would be perfect as your bathroom tile (maybe as tile walls or tile floors) but think you might want to do a little something more with it. Maybe you saw our post last week about the patchwork bathroom tiles and it got you thinking. Then our layout tool is just for you!

The graphic chevrons of Granada Tile’s Ardoz-924 tile design. Tile photo, Granda Tile.

You can start by creating a portfolio. If you’re new to the Granada Tile site, just follow the prompts to help you set one up. Then, visit our Echo Collection catalogue and start browsing. Select a tile, start playing with the colors (the page will tell you exactly how). Once you’ve created a cement tile design, simply click Save to Portfolio and there it is! Create a few different tile designs and just keep saving them.

Now for the fun part. Go to your portfolio. Near the top will be a bar where you can design your own custom layouts. Start by naming the new tile layout, select the size you want it to be from the pulldown menu and start playing. You can add as many different tile installation ideas as you like to your layout—add borders, add corners, change orientations—experiment to your heart’s content. Try creating a tile frame, a tile backsplash, a tile floor, even tile wall art.

Go wild using Granada Tile’s Layout Tool to create your own custom tile installations. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

When you’ve finished developing your dream tile installation, save it. If you’re ready to purchase tile, you can email the tile design to us, and we can get you started on the process. So give our layout tool a shot, it might give you a jolt of inspiration!

Breaking News: A Patchwork of Wall Tiles

Yes. We’ll agree. Maybe two Breaking News posts in a week could be considered overkill.  But we’ve got some amazing projects prominently featuring Granada Tile‘s cement tile that are just too great to keep to ourselves, so please indulge us if you will and stay tuned for some amazing tile photos.

Now it’s a given that Granada Tile’s cement tiles can give a jolt to any design. Need a little pop of color to get the kitchen to the next design level? Call us! Want to bring even more authenticity into a classic Spanish style–bungalow? Call us! Want to do something totally unexpected, playful and fun? Well, you’re in the right place, as Suchitra Parthasarathy demonstrates in a bathroom in Los Altos, California.

Rather than settling for just one of our cement tile designs for the bathroom tiles in a house in Los Altos, California, Parthasarathy went for three different Granada Tile designs: Cluny-888C, Athens-875A and our signature Fez-928B. All three tile designs are distinct and bring their own unique feel to the project. Fez has its geometry and hints at classic Moroccan tile design; Cluny suggests the elegance of French tile design; Athens comes along and adds a midcentury vibe with its pattern of diamonds and intersecting circles.

Suchitra Parthasarathy chose three Granada Tile designs for the bathroom tile in a Northern California house. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Any time multiple patterns are introduced into a small area, there’s a chance for visual overstimulation. Keeping this in mind, Parthasarathy kept the palette for the wall tiles to just a few shades. Sticking with just black, white and gray means that the tile installation stays in balance and harmonizes with the fixtures and accessories in the rest of the bathroom. The result is wall tiles that are fun and unusual but not overpowering.

A closer image of the patchwork wall tile design. It’s playful, fun and unexpected. Image, Granada Tile.

Want to try your hand at creating a wall tile quilt? Start by saving your favorite tiles from our interactive Echo Collection catalogue in your portfolio. Then use your tile portfolio to create custom layouts yourself. Let us know about them, too! We love looking at tile photos!

Breaking News: Cement Tile at the Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit

Granada Tile‘s clients have been busy lately! They’ve been using our products as kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, floor tiles, wall tiles you name it—they’ve been tiling it. Recently, we’ve seen our cement tiles used in private houses and restaurants (the usual suspects) and in one very special location. The Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit in Laguna Beach, California, features our tiles throughout its space.

The Dog Ranch, to the uninitiated, serves as a daycare, hotel and spa to the canines of Orange County, so the design of the space had to be pleasing to two- and four-legged types alike. And, it almost goes without saying, durability would be paramount to withstand the patter of dozens of paws a day. Fariba Kashef, of Archarium in Dana Point, devised a tile installation that makes beautiful use of Granada Tile’s Echo Collection of cement tiles, featuring them in several spaces around the Dog Ranch.

In the Dog Ranch’s office and nerve center, Kashef set the tone with floor tile in our Castelo-1026 tile design. Rendered in blues, coral, yellow and white, the strapwork floor tile pattern takes on a lighthearted feel, with the central floral image looking like cheerful daisies. Even better, no matter the beating it takes (from chairs, from claws or other onslaughts from furry companions), the floor tiles will keep there stunning looks.

Dog Ranch Office

Fariba Kashef installed Granada Tile’s Castelo 1026 as floor tiles at the Dog Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Kashef gave the kitchen the Granada Tile treatment, too, with kitchen tiles in our Toulon-455, Tulips Border-481 and Tulips Corner-441. Set atop rough-hewn wood cabinets and against a paneled and white-painted wall, the kitchen tiles’ feel perfectly befits a place known as the Dog Ranch. It’s a fun, rustic take for a business in this beachside community.

Dogs need beautiful kitchens, too. Three different Granada Tile designs for the kitchen tile. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

For the bathroom tile, Kashef also incorporated Granada Tile, using more of our Tulips Border-481 and along with our simple, elegant Santiago-458. The tile installtion is rendered in blues, mustard, coral, and white, matching the tile palette found throughout the rest of the project.

Even the bathroom tile installation got its share of Granada Tile with our Tulips Border-481 and Santiago-458. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

At Granada Tile, we always say that one of the hallmarks of our products is their versatility, perfect for home or business, inside or out. At the Dog Ranch, our words have been put to the test and look beautiful!