In the News: Editors Love Granada Tile

Over the last few months, Granada Tile has been in the news a lot. Of course there was the Martha Stewart Living article, which featured our cement tile designs in a house by Barbara Bestor. You might also have seen our cement tiles installed in Barbara’s Beachwood Cafe project, which recently took home an AIA LA Restaurant Design Award. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our concrete tiles and projects featuring our concrete tiles have been popping up elsewhere too!

For starters, the July/August issue of CA Home + Design includes a fabulous story on a Santa Monica house designed by Alexandra Loew, of From the Desk of Lola. We’re pleased to report that the playhouse features a tile installation in our signature Fez tile design from our Echo Collection.

Fez, our beloved tile design, appears in the July/August issue of CA Home + Design, one of many print appearances for Granada Tile this year. Image, CA Home + Design.

The editors at Renovation Style like what we’re doing, too. They included several of our tile designs in a roundup of tile in their Summer 2012 issue. We might be a little bit biased, but we think our cement tiles, with their gorgeous colors and tile designs, steal the show!

Cement tiles from Granada Tile appear in a tile round-up in Renovation Style magazine. Image, Renovation Style.

The digital world has been showering us with love! Online design bible Entra Magazine showcased Granada Tile in their first anniversary issue. Melanie and Marcos were interviewed for the 10-page article, which covered everything that goes into making Granada Tile’s rich collection of concrete tiles.

Entra Magazine’s recent article on Granada Tile featured over a dozen tile photos of our cement tiles. Image, Entra Magazine.

To keep up to date on all the most recent Granada Tile coverage (in print and online), be sure to check out our press area on our Web site. We’re adding more all the time!

Installation Equation: Cement Tiles for Fireplaces

The talented clients we work with here at Granada Tile are never short on vision. In their capable hands, they take our cement tiles and use them in inspired tile installations. With summer slowly turning to fall (lately we’ve had a distinct chill in the air at night and the first pumpkins are appearing at the market) we thought it might be the right time to show you one creative way to use our tiles—for fireplaces!

For a West Hollywood, California, house, our clients opted for Granada Tile’s Aragon tile design in warm honey and red tones. Against the white walls, it provides a dramatic burst of color, not to mention that it, along with the wood mantel, adds rustic texture to the otherwise spare room. The medieval feel of the tile, too, echoes the stone columns just beyond the windows.

Granada Tile’s Aragon tile design on a fireplace adds a rustic touch to a contemporary living room in West Hollywood, California. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

For another client, we provided Echo Collection tiles in a pale gray shade. The fireplace and hearth tile installation speaks to the impact the collection has when just one color is used. As you can see from the tile picture, the monochrome concrete tiles possess a richness and depth of color to them that sets them apart from other tiles and lends outstanding texture to the room.

Pale gray cement tiles from Granada Tile add a chic touch to a fireplace. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

The designers at BAMO made the most of our custom options in the cement tiles they installed around an outdoor fireplace at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. In their hands, our Cluny tile design transformed into a polychrome feast for the eyes—and made the complex pattern all the more compelling. Set into the Mediterranean-style decor, it packs a punch and adds a little more heat to the surroundings.

Terranea tiles

For an outdoor fireplace at Los Angeles’s Terranea Resort, the designers chose our Cluny tile design in a warm custom palette. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Have you used our cement tiles for a fireplace tile installation? We’d love to hear about it and send us tile pictures. If you’re interested in doing fireplace tile installation for your next project, don’t forget to give us a shout. We’re more than delighted to help you plan it!

Get Inspired: Geometric Patterns for Cement Tiles

Have a midcentury Modern house that needs a little boost? Or do you just love clean, lines? Are you somewhere in the middle? At Granada Tile, we offer plenty of tile designs with a geometric, modern flair. Of course we have Fez, which installed as bathroom tile, kitchen tile or wall tile, gives a Modern boost, but you can choose from many other options! Take a tour of tile photos with us—to get your creative juices flowing for your next tile installation.

First stop on our itinerary is Khufu, a wonderful tile design of triangles. Using just two colors, you can create a positive and negative pattern of isosceles triangles.

Bold triangles compose our Khufu tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Shift the pattern a bit, using our custom layout tool, and you’ve got something completely different—a diamond tile design. Either tile design would be a great choice for kitchen tiles or bathroom tiles. Used for wall tiles, it would add a unique visual dimension to any room.

Triangles are always lovely, but what about circles? We’ve got plenty of fun cement tile designs that incorporate circles, too, including Europa, a charming tile design of all-over circles on a solid background.

With dozens of custom colors to choose from, you can make Granada Tile’s Europa cement tile design your own. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Europa would be a great choice for bathroom tiles in a midcentury-Modern house. It could also smarten up other rooms in the house when used as wall tiles.

Now our Nara design is a little different, but still has a distinct geometric feel. It’s a pattern of interlocking circles. A slightly more complex concrete tile design, it can be customized with many different color combinations.

Design Vidal incorporated our geometric Nara tile design into a kitchen’s tile backsplash. Tile photo, Guy Vidal.

Our friends at Design Vidal used Nara in black, grays and white to create a graphic tile backsplash in a kitchen they redesigned. The tile design works perfectly in the retro-inspired space (complete with an aluminum sink and formica countertops)

We’ve got plenty more where geometric cement tile designs came from, so if you’re still trying to find that perfect tile with a geometric bent, head over to our interactive Echo Collection catalogue and look to your heart’s content!

Breaking News: Granada Tile Appears in Martha Stewart Living

If you’ve been near a newsstand lately, you’ve probably seen the cover of Martha Stewart Living’s September home issue. It’s a doozy—full of gorgeous spreads and tons of inspiration that will make you want to transform your own living spaces.

September’s issue of Martha Stewart Living includes a project featuring Granada Tile’s cement tile. Image, Martha Stewart Living.

Here at Granada Tile, we’re particularly thrilled because our amazing cement tiles get a leading role in one of the articles: a story on the renovation of a Los Angeles house by our dear friend Barbara Bestor. The entire project has loads of color—from sunny yellow cabinets to Williamsburg Blue-esque walls, the place is brimming with it. Our concrete tiles are right there in the mix. It’s really no surprise that Barbara turned to our cement tiles, as she has for so many projects, since our flagship Echo Collection of concrete tile boasts an extraordinary range of colors and patterns.

Our Vegas tile design adds a kick to the bathroom tile in a Barbara Bestor–designed project in Martha Stewart Living. Image, Martha Stewart Living.

For bathroom tiles, she installed our our yellow-and-white Vegas tile design, from our flagship Echo Collection, on the floor in one. Against the white walls and tub, it’s a joyful combination. For the another bathroom, Barbara used our Serengeti tile design on the floor where it stands up to the bold blue of the vanity. It all adds up to a bright, bold, exciting residence with plenty of character.

If you’ve fallen hard for the cement tiles featured in the article, including our signature blue-and-white Fez tile design, it’s available in-stock. Beginning later this month, we’ll also have limited quantities of our yellow-and-white Vegas tile design in-stock while supplies last. (Our Serengeti tile design, also seen in the article is available in-stock in black and white.)

Our cement tiles have been appearing elsewhere in print and on the web. Be sure to check out our news and press site for a complete look at our recent coverage.

Living History: The Antique Cement Floor Tiles of France

By now, regular readers will know the story of Granada Tile‘s founding—how Marcos Cajina first spied the brilliant cement tiles of Nicaragua as a 10 year old and then as an adult, with his wife, Melanie Stephens, rediscovered them, which led he him to experiment with concrete tile production with  a hydraulic press in his Los Angeles basement. But did you know that France figures into our story as well? As they began researching cement tile,  Marcos and Melanie traveled the country—considered by most to be the birthplace of concrete tile—seeing original tile installations up close and poring through antique texts in libraries to learn even more about tile design and the tile production process. From their travels in Latin America and Europe, the Echo Collection of cement tile was born.

Over the course of their trips to France, Melanie and Marcos have amassed a trove of tile pictures that point to the beauty and durability of cement tiles. As a special treat, we’re showing you some of those tile photos today. Dating primarily from the turn of the last century, the cement tile designs are whimsical and fun—and have maintained their good looks for going on a century.

First up on our tour of French cement floor tiles is the Paris restaurant Au Petit Margueryin the 13th Arrondissement.

A cement tile–carpet beckons diners into Paris’s Au Petit Marguery. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

The concrete tiles date from around 1900 and cover pretty much the entire floor of the restaurant—even into the kitchen as kitchen tiles, where they still look fresh and vibrant, considering the decades of spills and drops they’ve had to withstand. The tile design itself is a complicated pattern in a mix of blues, yellows and earthy reds.

If you’re a dedicated tile-spotter such as Melanie and Marcos, you’re always looking no matter where you are. They spied a lovely tile floor with an Art Nouveau feel from behind a door.

Melanie and Marcos never know when they’ll run across an extraordinary concrete tile floor, such as one they spied walking through Paris. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

The elegant tile carpet features a graceful tile design in shades of blue and gray. Needless to say, Melanie and Marcos were disappointed that they couldn’t get a closer look.

Paris, of course, doesn’t have a monopoly on fabulous tile installations. One of the most exciting ones that Melanie and Marcos have seen happened to be in Chartres.

Cement wall tiles cover the surface of a building in the French town of Chartres. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

It’s a truly spectacular assemblage of wall tiles, with three distinct tile designs running in courses up the side of the building. There’s even an amazing three-dimensional effect provided by smaller tile bosses set against the background of larger tiles.

For more tile pictures taken on our trips to France, be sure to check out our historic tile pages. If you’ve traveled to France and have taken your own tile photos, don’t forget to share them with us! Check back next week when we’ll show you how to get the look of France in your next tile installation.

Installation Equation: Wall Tiles Jazz up Any Space

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‘s cement tiles shine in all the usual places: installed as backsplash tile, as kitchen tile or bathroom tile or as floor tiles. What about taking your design a few steps further, though, and using cement tiles as wall tiles in lieu of paint or wallpaper? They give you an immediate visual punch (color and pattern a given), not to mention they’ll keep their looks far longer than traditional wallcoverings or treatments.

Some of our clients have shared tile photos of some truly marvelous wall tile installations. Take a look and see if something sparks an idea for your next tile design project.

Bathrooms are a great place to think about using Granada Tile’s cement tiles as wall tiles, since they stand up to water so well. In a small bathroom, Hope Alexander didn’t just tile the shower, she also used our Alhambra tile design on the floor and as wall tiles behind the sink, creating a chic, cheery space in the process.

Designer Hope Alexander extended the shower tiles into the rest of the bathroom in a recent project, creating a visually unified space. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Granada Tile wall tiles feature in another exciting bathroom tile installation. This time, it’s the work of Adrianna Lopez. For the bathroom tiles, she covered an entire wall in our beloved Fez tile design. With the dark wood furnishings and classic apothecary sink, it all adds up to a fun, tropical vibe.

Fez wall tiles cover a wall in a bathroom designed by Adrianna Lopez. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re thinking about spicing up an exterior, cement wall tiles are a great choice there too. (We designed our Echo Collection to stand up to the elements and maintain its fantastic colors and patterns.) LA’s Terranea, a dramatic oceanfront resort, features outside walls clad in our La Rochelle tile design, a classic tile design perfectly suited to the property’s Mediterranean architecture. Using a palette that suggests the earth and sky, it’s a lovely mix that anchors the structure to its surroundings.

Granada Tile’s La Rochelle tile design adorns an exterior wall at Los Angeles’s Terranea to create a novel take on wainscotting. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Inside or out, you can’t go wrong using Granada Tile’s cement tiles for your wall tiles. We hope some of these tile pictures inspire you, and, please, as always, be sure to send your our tile installation photos to us!


Breaking News: Echo Collection Cement Tiles at Rancho Santana

Nicaragua has no shortage of amazing scenery. There’s the Pacific on one side. The Caribbean on the other. The two largest freshwater lakes in Central America in between. Not to mention stunning inland areas rich with plant and animal life. It’s in these magical surroundings where Granada Tile‘s president and co-founder, Marcos Cajina, grew up. Here, too amidst the glorious scenery, is a wonderful new concrete tile installation featuring some of our most recent cement tile designs.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the residential community of Rancho Santana offers an extraordinary experience. Residents can enjoy fishing, snorkeling and world-class surfing. There are nature trails and horseback tours. Even a market to stock up on essentials. The community’s planners didn’t overlook the social, though, with a sprawling clubhouse and restaurant that serves as a hub for residents and guests. That’s where our tile designs come in.

Your first glimpse of Granada Tile’s striking cement tiles comes outside. Lining a covered walkway is a tile installation featuring our Salamanca tile design (our Bursa Border, a fun, tile design of interlocking zigzags surrounds the tile carpet). It’s a pattern, with hints of classic Spanish design, that strikes just the right note against the round arches and brick and rough-hewn stone of the architecture.

The lively starburst pattern of our Salamanca tile design animates a covered walkway at Rancho Santana. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

One of our more recent tile designs finds a home at Rancho Santana’s clubhouse too. Santiago, a chic quatrefoil pattern stars as wall tiles in a clubhouse bathroom. In shades of green and yellow, it too echoes the stunning lanscape just outside. As with the the floor tiles outside, a strip of our Bursa Border tile design runs above the rest of the bathroom tiles. It’s a lively, bold effect for the small room.

The clubhouse’s designers chose one of our newer tile designs, Santiago, for the wall tiles in a bathroom at Rancho Santana. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

No matter where you are—a chic cafe in Los Angeles or a dazzling resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast—you never know where you’ll spot a Granada Tile installation. Stay tuned for more dazzling tile pictures coming soon!

Toolbox: What’s in Stock?

Are you the type of person who hates to wait? Does even a short one make you just a little bit fidgety? Granada Tile totally understands, and that’s why we have a something that will delight and amaze you—our in-stock tile cement tile selection.

Say you’re about to take on a bathroom tile installation over the weekend or have decided that you need a new tile backsplash for your kitchen—immediately. You’ve done your research, you’ve carved out the time, and you’re ready to go. All you need is  your bathroom tile or your kitchen tile.

Black-and-white Fez for wall tiles and floor tiles—one of Granada Tile’s in-stock tile designs—in a Los Angeles bathroom. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

You’ve already decided that concrete tile (durable, beautiful, dynamic concrete tile) is the way to go. Perhaps, though, you’ve been putting off sourcing your cement tiles. Luckily, your’re set, because our in-stock selection has a wide-range of some of our most popular cement tile designs ready to go.

If you’re looking for the gorgeous patterns our Echo Collection offers, this is perfect option for you—be they for floor tiles, wall tiles. At the moment we’ve got 12 styles to choose from. If you’re going for color and classic patterns, there are favorites such as our Bordeaux and Chantilly tile designs. If you’re in the market for something more modern, then our popular Serengeti and Fez tile designs might be just the thing for you.

Granada Tile’s in-stock Serengeti tile design adds modern flair to a Los Angeles kitchen’s tile backsplash. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

In case your project is really ready to go, be sure to take a look at a few of our Echo Collection tile designs that are available in limited quantities. We’ve also got a selection of solid color eight by eight tiles.

It’s not just the Echo Collection that’s in stock now! There’s a cement tile option from our terrazzo-like Milano Collection; three options from our Rustico Collection, which blends the durability of concrete tile with the Old World look and feel of terracotta tiles; two options from our French- and Moroccan-inspired Mauresque Collection; and a classic tile design from our Antique Collection.

Our in-stock cement tiles can be ready for pick-up or shipping within one to two days of the order. To check stock quantities available in Los Angeles and Miami, please call 213-482-8070 or e-mail Of course, you can always go our custom route. For those tile orders the standard delivery time is eight to 12 weeks (rush orders can be delivered within five to seven weeks.

Breaking News: El Huarache Loco

Another day, another fantastic cement tile installation made possible by Granada Tile! This time it’s the fabulously named El Huarache Loco in Marin County. The food biz got its start in owner Veronica Salazar’s own kitchen, where she served weekend meals featuring the food of her native Mexico. She took a leap and began working the farmers’ market circuit in the Bay Area. Recently, she opened her very first brick-and-mortar restaurant at the Marin Country Mart.

The new restaurant El Huarache Loco in Larkspur, California, has a tile installation featuring Granada Tile’s Normandy tile design. Tile photo, Brooke Gray Photography (

The restaurant matches the exciting food focused on the cuisine of Mexico City—specifically the huarache. For the uninitiated, that’s a masa cake filled with beans, cooked on a griddle and covered in all sorts of yummy toppings. (BLT huarache anyone?) It all comes to you In a space perhaps best described as Medieval Europe meets Northern California.

What’s that you ask? Well, think sturdy chairs of wood and serious wrought-iron light fixtures. But it’s not all dark colors and imposing furnishings. Instead, the rest of the space is airy and bright as befitting a restaurant in one of the prettiest spots in California. The walls are bright white, the windows let the natural light pour in, and the the stainless steel countertop gleams. Anchoring everything is a concrete tile installation featuring Granada Tile’s Normandy tile design from our flagship Echo Collection, a perfect choice when you consider the design. The cement tiles’ motif evokes beautiful French designs of the Middle Ages, but the white ground means a fresh touch perfect for the area.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by El Huarache Loco. Have one of their signature dishes and don’t forget to take a look at the stunning Granada Tile installation.