Breaking News: Cement Tile for a Standout Shower

Remodelista can’t be beat when it comes to great ideas, tips, sources  and inspiration for just about any home-related project you could possibly think of. Looking for a Danish Modern bird feeder or a great place to find midcentury Spanish design in London? Remodelista is the place for you.

Remodelista also happens to be a fan of Granada Tile‘s sensational cement tile. They’ve featured Barbara Bestor‘s now-iconic design for Intelligentsia Coffee‘s first LA location (with its wonderful Fez cement tile installation). Fez also stole the show in another Remodelista post—this a kitchen with Fez cement wall tiles and floor tiles—by the firm Shubin + Donaldson.

Recently they showed another wonderful project that includes our Fez tile design. This time it’s Jim Rosenfield’s office. Rosenfield happens to be the guy behind the fantastic Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, Califorrnia, where you can find a fantastic farmers’ market as well as chic boutiques and eateries. (One just happens to be El Huarache Loco where another of Granada Tile’s cement tile designs happens to be installed.)

Jim Rosenfield’s office at the Marin Country Mart features a shower faced in Granada Tile’s Fez tile design. Photo, Mimi Giboin for Remodelista

Rosenfield tells Remodelista that he wanted a homey feel for his office since he spends the lion’s share of his time there, so it’s calm, peaceful and comfortable with shades of white and lots of light. The bathroom, though, has plenty of color in the form of our Fez tile design. Not only did he install Fez bathroom tiles on the floor, Fez wall tiles line the shower—and its ceiling—so you’re almost totally ensconced in a Fez cement tile cocoon. Needless to say, we LOVE it.

For more on Jim Rosenfield’s fabulous office, head over to Remodelista. There are more tile pictures from his bathroom and some shots of the rest of the place, all of which will make you swoon!

Granada Goes Forth: More from Marcos and Melanie’s Trip to Brazil

Last week we showed you some fabulous tile photos from Granada Tile‘s own Melanie and Marcos’s most recent trip to Brazil. They discovered so many fantastic cement tile installations that just one post wasn’t enough, so we’re back and ready to blog about more of the tremendous concrete tile that seems to pop up practically everywhere you look in the country.

Our last stop on our tile picture tour was the lovely city of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state. Founded in the early 18th century, it has some wonderful architecture including the church of St. Anthony, a marvelous example of Brazilian Baroque architecture built just a few decades after the town’s founding. The place also has, as you saw last week, some amazing concrete tile installations—so many in fact that we’ve got more to share with you today.

One of the city’s restaurants overflows with killer cement tile installations. Cement wall tiles in a variety of tile designs decorate the space, making for a bright and lively dining experience. Even better, you could create a similar look for, say, a tile backsplash in your kitchen by choosing our Sofia and Giverney Corner and Border tile designs.

Colorful cement tiles line the walls at a restaurant in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Melanie and Marcos loved another great design touch at the same restaurant, where, in between rustic, painted-wood panels, pilasters were covered in cement tiles. They thought it was a fun and creative way of incorporating cement wall tiles into an interior.

At the same Tiradentes restaurant, cement wall tiles cover a pilaster. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Patchwork tile installations seem to be a hallmark of Brazilian tile installations. At another restaurant in Tiradentes, Cia do Boi, to be exact, patchwork tile installations pop up everywhere, from the the walls to the floors. They’re bright and fun, just like country itself.

One of several patchwork cement tile installations found at the restaurant Cia do Boi in Tiradentes, Brazil.

Before we leave Tiradentes, here’s one more great patchwork cement tile installation Melanie and Marcos spotted at a furniture store. It’s a great mash-up of floral patterned and geometric tile designs. For your own tile installation project, it could also be fun to incorporate some completely solid color cement tiles into the mix to up the color ante!

Geometric and floral cement tiles create a fun patchwork tile installation at a Tiradentes furniture store. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We’ve got plenty more amazing tile pictures from Melanie and Marcos’s trip to Brazil. Check back later this week to see tile photos from Rio and more! In the meantime, if you see anything you love, check out our Echo Collection‘s interactive catalogue. It’s a good bet you can find similar tiles to recreate the tile installations found in Brazil.

Granada Goes Forth: Exploring the Cement Tile of Brazil

Melanie and Marcos just got back from a business trip to Brazil. (For new readers, Melanie is Melanie Stephens and Marcos is Marcos Cajina—they’re the hearts and minds behind Granada Tile.) As is the case wherever they travel, they kept their eyes wide open for cement tiles, and in Brazil, needless to say, it’s not hard to run across concrete tile installations almost everywhere. The country has a longstanding love-affair with the beautiful, durable material.

Today, we’ll going to be showing you some highlights from their trip—cement tile photos and cement tile design ideas we think will delight and inspire you. So take a moment and take a trip with us to Brazil.

First up, a quick stopover at a shop while en route to Tiradentes—complete with a fun concrete tile floor. It was a great, unexpected treat to see cement tile there and interesting to note its quality. If you take a close look, you can see lots of holes, scratches and irregular pour lines, all hallmarks of less than outstanding cement tile craftsmanship.

A playful tile design in a shop Melanie and Marcos stopped in on their way to Tiradentes, Brazil. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Once they made it to Tiradentes, a Brazilian town renowned for its architecture and outstanding food, they spied concrete tile, or ladrilho hidraulico in Portuguese, installed on all sorts of surfaces in all manner of locations. They found a chic cement floor tile installation in a corridor of a residence. It’s a classic tile design and one, incidentally, you can replicate from Granada Tile’s own Echo Collection (Burgos would be the closest match).

Cement tiles in neutral hues create a three-dimensional effect in a Tiradentes house. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

They found a great, traditional tile design outside a retirement home in Tiradentes, too. If you’re in the market for a similar tile design for your own tile installation, our Calais tile design might be just what you’re looking for.

A diamond-and-star tile design leads to a retirement home in Tiradentes, Brazil, where Melanie and Marcos visited on a recent trip.

This is just a tiny taste of the glorious cement tile Melanie and Marcos spotted on their trip. Check back next week for some more tile photo highlights. In the meantime, you can view more tile installations from around the world on our historic tile installation section on our Web site.


Installation Equation: Granada Tile Spices Things Up

At Granada Tile, we’re pleased to say that our wonderful cement tiles happen to appear in some of the loveliest, coolest, and hippest restaurants around. Today, we thought we’d take you on a brief tour of some of the spots featuring our tiles. So take a look at some great tile pictures—and maybe figure out your dinner plans for tonight.

Maybe not surprisingly, many of our restaurant tile installations happen to be in the Los Angeles area. First up, is the Beverly Hills outpost of Thomas Keller’s renowned Bouchon. There, you can feast on classic bistro fare like steak frites AND feast your eyes on some spectacular cement tile from Granada Tile. Famed designer Adam Tihany chose our Copenhagen tile design for the light, airy space, which is evokes classic fin-de-siecle Parisian eateries.

Our multicolored Copenhagen tile design stars at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills. Tile photo, Art Gray.

Not far from Beverly Hills, is another hotspot with Granada Tile featured. Mercato di Vetro takes its inspiration from the markets of Italy, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Designed by Mark Zeff, it’s quite a looker too. For the tile installation at the restaurant, he took advantage of Granada Tile’s custom tile design options and created eye-catching cement tiles in black and white. The big, bold pattern suggests the big, bold flavors coming from the kitchen.

Stunning, custom-made cement floor tiles provide a lively stage at Mercato di Vertro in West Hollywood, California. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Just a short hop from Los Angeles, Las Vegas also has its fair share of Granada Tile in its amazing restaurants, which have been generating plenty of buzz for their food—and their design chops. A personal favoriate of ours is the Dragon Noodle Company & Sushi Bar at the Monte Carlo. The restaurant’s designers chose concrete tiles from our Echo Collection in mustard, creating a warm look and contributing to the fun feel of the place.

A cement tile installation in a warm yellow hue adds to the fun at Dragon Noodle Company and Sushi Bar in Vegas’s Monte Carlo hotel. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Hungry yet? If these tiles piqued your appetite to create your own cement tile installation, give us a shout and be sure to stop by our installation page to see more restaurant tile designs. We’ve got so many to see and are adding more all the time.

Checking In: What’s Happening on Share Design

Today, we thought it would be fun to see what creative cement tile designs tile-philes have creating on Granada Tile‘s Share Designs page. Share Design, you may remember is Granada Tile’s own brand of social media. Click on one of the dozens of tile designs from our Echo Collection, customize it, and save it in your personal portfolio. If you make your portfolio public, other concrete tile aficionados can see what you’re working on. It’s a great way to get new ideas for color combinations or see how just small tweaks to the palette can really change the cement tile’s look.

One of our current favorites is a tile design created by Rose Pryor. She takes our signature Fez tile design and, simply by adding a third color to the palette, dramatically changes the look of the cement tile. Opting for blues and greens, Pryor has made a concrete that would  be perfect for a kitchen tile backsplash.

Rose Pryor used three colors for her cool take on our Fez tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

When we spied Barbara Rasmussen’s take on our Esfahan tile design, we were smitten. The cement tile design itself has a fun positive/negative pinwheel effect and would look fantastic in a mod bathroom tile installation.

Green, yellow and blue make for a cool Esfahan cement tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Jenny Park took one of our more traditional tile designs, Sofia, and gave it a colorful treatment, turning the central design a dark green to emphasize its organic feel. Two shades of blue surround motif and pink diamonds make it even more charming—the tile design cries out to be in a French country–inspired kitchen tile installation.

Sofia gets a French Country feel in Jenny Park’s colorful take on the tile design. Tile photo, Granda Tile.

We’ll check back with our tile-philes soon, to see what else they’ve been up to, but before we leave your for the day, we wanted to give a big shout out to Design Milk, which gave us love on Facebook this morning. Be sure to like their page and check out their site, if you’re not already—it’s paradise for design lovers.

Installation Equation: Cluny the Chameleon

Cluny, the town in central France, was a center of thought and art in the Middle Ages—due to the presence of the Benedictine monastery there. Granada Tile’s Cluny tile design, part of our Echo Collection, offers its own take on medieval design but is versatile enough to be included in all sorts of tile installation. Today, we’ll take you on tour of some fantastic tile installations featuring Cluny. From traditional to contemporary, you’ll see how perfectly suited Cluny is to any interior.

An entry hall (in the home of designer Adrianna Lopez in Long Beach, California) with a Cluny-covered floors starts us on our cement tile photo tour. In the space, which has a bit of an exotic feel—carved front door, anyone?—the Cluny floor tiles add a bit of Gothic intensity.

Cluny cement floor tiles welcome guests into a house designed by Adrianna Lopez. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Cluny holds a special spot on Lopez’s heart. For a kitchen tile installation, she covered the floor in the cement tile design. It’s a bold choice in a mostly white room that retains much of its period flair. The effect is lively and brings just the right amount of pattern into the kitchen.

Cluny adds pattern to a kitchen also by Adrianna Lopez. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Even when included in a more modern interior, Cluny looks right at home. In another kitchen, the Cluny wall tiles mix beautifully with the modern light fixtures and sleek countertops.

Cluny wall tiles jazz up a contemporary kitchen. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Of course Cluny is ideal for kitchen tiles or wall tiles or backsplash tiles. It’s also a great choice elsewhere in the house. Our clients asked us to create Cluny cement tiles in a custom chocolate and taupe palette for a fireplace surround. The earthy hues match the warm woods found throughout the room.

Warm tones for a fireplace’s Cluny cement tiles. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

A round up of Cluny wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t include this fantastic Northern California bathroom tile installation. As you can see, our Cluny tile design plays extremely well with others. As wall tiles, it blends in perfectly with the mod look of Athens and the smart geometry of Fez.

Fez, Athens and Cluny create a fanciful wall tile installation for a bathroom. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Have you become a Cluny convert? If so, you’re in luck. Cluny happens to be one of the concrete tile designs we have in stock, available in black and white or chocolate, white and sky (f you’re craving a little instant color). Check out our in-stock page for ordering information.

Get the Look: French-inspired Cement Tiles for Your Next Project

At Granada Tile, we love France. Marcos and Melanie have spent countless blissful days traveling around the country—the birthplace of concrete tile. It should come as no surprise then that many of our cement tile designs have a distinctly French flavor.

Not long ago, we took you on a virtual tour of some truly lovely cement tile installations spotted by Marcos and Melanie around France. Today, we’ll show you some tile pictures of our own cement tile designs designed to bring a certain savoir faire to your next tile installation.

First up is the stunning tile design Melanie and Marcos glimpsed behind glass while soaking up the site of Paris. The floor tile installation suggests the Art Nouveau period with its softly curving lines and blue and gray palette.

Spied through a glass door, the cement tile floor has a delicate, Art Nouveau–like pattern. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re in the market for something similar, say as a wall tile installation in a living room, we’ve got a great suggestion for you. Segovia, one of our eight-by-eight tile designs has a similarly sweeping pattern akin to the one Melanie and Marcos discovered. The sweet floral elements give it an added touch.

Segovia’s lyrical pattern suggests the Art Nouveau tile designs of Paris. Try it in a mix of blues and grays or let your imagine run wild. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

One of the most dramatic tile installations Melanie and Marcos spotted on a trip to the city of Chartres were wall tiles lining the facade of a building. It’s a virtuoso example of cement tile design, boasting three different inventive cement tile designs.

Three different tile designs play across the facade of a building in Chartres. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

To echo the fantastical tile design of the central tile installation, look no further than our Echo Collection‘s Sevilla tile design. A rich, bold and colorful pattern, it would be the perfect choice for a floor tile installation. Install the tile design as wall tiles or as an eye-catching tile backsplash and have it pack a wallop. Pair it with other Granada Tile designs as wall tiles and create your own mini-Chartres!

Bold and beautiful, Sevilla is a bravura tile design that makes a statement. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Check back soon for another stop in our world tile tour and get more inspiration. Melanie and Marcos travel the globe, searching for inspiration to bring to our tile designs and taking plenty of tile pictures. In the meantime, check our historic tile installation section at our Web site. You can find more tile photos from France and elsewhere.

Breaking News: Cement Tiles Fit for an Historic House

A trip through the historic structures of the Golden State proves there’s no shortage of historic cement tile in California. During the heyday of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, builders, architects and designers installed durable, beautiful concrete tiles in all manner of buildings. Today’s clients opt for cement tile for the same reasons: hard-wearing cement tiles offer unparalleled good looks.

Recently, the past and present came together in stunning fashion at a venerable Southern California house designed by one of the leading practitioners of the Spanish Colonial Reviva Style: Carl Lindbom.

Granada Tile’s Barcelona cement tile design covers the courtyard of a 1920s Southern California house by architect Carl Lindbom. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Closing in on 80 years, the house had seen its fair share history, so the owners were looking to refresh it without compromising its aesthetic integrity. That’s where Granada Tile came in. The clients tapped us to provide new cement tiles, from our flagship Echo Collection, for several outdoor spaces to replace lovely period materials that had simply reached the end of their lives. In for the tile installation in an outdoor courtyard, they installed our Barcelona tile design, a simple, traditional cement tile pattern, in a combination of mustard, green and coral. It sets just the right tone for the space and works happily with the wrought iron light fixtures and period tile picture inset above the fireplace.

Covering a stairway, our Emperor border provides a bit of color. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Our clients also incorporated our cement tiles into another concrete tile installation—our Emperor Border tile design paves the risers on an exterior stairway near the Barcelona-tiled courtyard. Set against the sage hue of the treads, the Emperor Border tiles add color and visual fun to a space that could be on the plain side. Plus, it strikes just the right note in its historic surroundings.

Whether your working on a brand-new house or reviving a classic, don’t forget to check out Granada Tile. We’re sure we have the right cement tiles for your project.