Checking In: What’s Been Happening on Share Designs This Month

As we like to do every month, we’re bringing you a selection of some of the Echo Collection cement tile designs on Granada Tile‘s Share Designs site that we found most intriguing this month. It should come as no surprise to long-time readers that we’re, as ever, amazed by the creativity to be found on the site.

Tangier happens to be one of our more elaborate concrete tile designs—a riot of pattern and color that evokes its namesake city. Skot O’Mahoney transformed Tangier into a study in earth tones, which we think works marvelously with its strong, complicated cement tile design. Keeping most of the shades on the earthy side of things tempers the complex tile design and makes it a great choice for any number of uses: We think it would shine in a kitchen tile backsplash or look phenomenal installed as floor tiles in the entryway of a Spanish Style house.


Skot O’Mahoney opted for a bold, earth-toned take on Tangier, evoking the warmth and palette of its namesake city. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Here’s another concrete tile design that really intrigued us—and stands in contrast to Tangier. Usually our Burgos tile design lends itself to a complex, M. C. Escher–like tile installation of three-dimensional cubes. Intriguingly, though, one of our users, Nadia Yaron, came up with a really subtle and remarkable take on the pattern. Instead of going for three shades, she opted for just two shades—white and gray—for a look best described as understated. Using our layout tool, we took her tile design and created a tile installation in a simple diaper pattern.

Burgos by Nadia Yaron

Nadia Yaron’s interpretation of Burgos would make a subtle wall tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Keep checking in for more tile designs and don’t forget to share your own cement tile designs on Share Designs. Your idea could inspire some else’s tile installation. And, of course, stay tuned for a lot more beautiful tile designs in the new year.

Get Inspired: A Quick Look at Khufu

In the world of geometry, few things are more lovely than a triangle. Coming in all shapes and sizes, there’s something about their sturdy elegance that makes them a divine decorative element. At Granada Tile, our Echo Collection of cement tile features a particularly delightful take on the triangle: Our concrete tile design known as Khufu.

Now Khufu, as you might have guessed, actually takes its name from the Egyptian pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty. Not so much is known about his life or reign, but one thing seems pretty certain—he’s responsible for the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Not such a minor thing to be remembered for to be sure. Our take on Khufu, then, is an homage to the pharaoh, and a testament to the brilliant versatility of a great shape. Just look at these tile pictures and see for yourself.

First up, try taking a page from Barbara Bestor‘s book and install our Khufu tile design the way she did at the AIA-LA-award winning Beachwood Cafe. We love how she chose to lay out the tile installation so that the shapes end up as solid equilateral triangles. In the warm, homey environment of the cafe, the effect reminds us of vintage quilts.

Khufu at Beachwood Cafe

Granada Tile’s Khufu tile design in a cheerful mix of blue and yellow welcomes patrons at Los Angeles’ Beachwood Cafe, designed by Barbara Bestor. Tile photo, Granda Tile.

If diamonds are more your thing, Khufu is the tile design for you, too! Try flipping the script and doing your tile installation so that you create chic attenuated diamonds. It’s another tile design that looks fantastic in spaces both large (wall tiles in bathrooms or covering floors) or in small spaces (maybe a kitchen tile backsplash.

Khufu diamonds

Try changing up your Khufu tile installation to create a diamond effect, perfect for wall tiles. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

As always, you can continue tile design fun by heading over to our interactive catalogue to play with color combinations using our varied palette. Then, experiment with layouts using our layout tool and browse Share Designs for more inspiration.

Breaking News: Serengeti Cement Tiles for Toronto’s Smock Cafe

First off, thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter their Fez giveaway. The contest is now closed; they’ll be announcing a winner soon! Of course, please keep checking out their site. It’s a fantastic compendium of info and gadgets for the kitchen- and food-obsessed folks out there.

Continuing in a food-ish vein, we have a great new tile installation of Granada Tile to share with you today—at a place where form and function are perfectly aligned in every way. Smock Cafe, located in Toronto, is an urban oasis for parents and kids. Besides serving fresh, seasonal food (organic and local whenever possible), the space also offers a place for families to craft and create (anyone have  budding actors, graphic novelists or fashion designers?), all in a space designed to let imaginations roam free.

Serengeti cement tiles

A counter faced with Granada Tile’s Serengeti cement tile design welcomes patrons at Smock Cafe, a new restaurant/creative space for children and parents in Toronto. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

As befitting its mission to nourish the body and the mind, the place has a tranquil, uncluttered minimalist feel. The lines are clean and the palette is kept to a minimum with just neutrals and a few pops of subtle color. It’s modern, maybe a touch industrial, but there’s warmth and texture too. Of course, at the heart of the place, we’re proud to say, is a counter covered with our Serengeti tile design, from our Echo Collection. We love how the Smock folks finessed the tile installation so that the effect is a rhythmic positive/negative. The Serengeti concrete tiles work in harmony with the rest of the interior elements, and, we like to think, provide a little visual inspiration of their own.

If you’re smitten, head over to Smock’s Facebook page, where you can check out some great construction photos, including a few of the Serengeti tile installation in progress. And, if you happen to be in Toronto, make sure you check them out, eat a little something, take a class or just take a break, and, by all means, say Granada Tile sent you!


Breaking News: Win Granada Tiles—Enter’s Holiday Giveaway

You loved them when you spied them, bleary-eyed, while waiting for your morning coffee at Intelligentsia. You’ve loved them as tile backsplashes in kitchens and you’ve loved them as bathroom tiles. You’ve thought to yourself, “I’ve got the perfect place for cement tiles.” Now you’ve got your chance to win Fez tiles from Granada Tile! Yes! That’s right! Tomorrow, December 14, visit starting at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time and enter for your chance to win 60 pieces of blue-and-white Fez cement tile from Granada Tile.

Stunning Fez cement tiles line a kitchen tile backsplash created by Design Vidal. Enter for your chance to win Fez concrete tiles for your own tile installation.

In the meantime, why don’t you head over to now and check out all that they have to offer. They’ve got recipes, tips (finally discover the secret to getting your baking sheets clean), gift suggestions and kitchen design ideas, all in one beautiful Web site.

Breaking News: Emerald Is Pantone’s Color of the Year

For lots of people, December means one thing: Pantone’s introduction of the color of the year. (You were thinking of something else?) In past years, we’ve met the brilliant orange of Tangerine Tango (2012); we’ve gone gaga for the intense pink of Honeysuckle (2011); and we’ve fallen head over heels for deep blue-green of Turquoise (2010). For 2013, though, it’s all about the jewel-like shade of Emerald.

Lush and bright, Emerald is Pantone’s color of the year for 2013. Image, Pantone.

In honor of the new superstar color, we here at Granada Tile wanted to share our own take on the hue. We must be on the same wavelength as the folks at Pantone. As you can see, Emerald, aka Pine on our palette, works beautifully with our many cement tile designs.

A selection of Granada Tile’s cement tile designs in emerald hues. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Go the classic route and try it on with Normandy. You can use it as the ground color or just pick out elements. Complement it with sage, a lighter shade and white. Take a similar approach with Toscano—an Italian influenced tile design—too, by using pine and adding white and sage.

Sage and pine lighten the formality of our Normandy cement tile. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Sage and white accent pine in this take on our Toscano tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Of course you can go geometric with pine, too. We love how it looks with Fez and with Ardoz. The strong shapes take well to the bold color. We could easily see either in a sunny kitchen tile installation or a chic bathroom tile installation.

Fez gets the pine treatment. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Bright and geometric, our Ardoz pattern cement tiles in pine. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Don’t forget that you can also add other colors to spice things up. We love how the mustard medallions on Rabat really pop against the pine and white diamonds. It’s an elegant interpretation that would look great in a more formal tile installation, say in an entrance hall.

Are you already in love with the color of the year, Emerald? Then be sure to use our Interactive Echo Collection Catalogue and our custom layout tool to create your own Emerald-inspired cement tile designs. When you’re done, of course, don’t forget to share them on our Share Designs site.


Get Inspired: The Pamplona Playbook

It never fails. Whenever we explore Granada Tile‘s Share Designs, it gives about 200 ideas for concrete tile designs and Cement Tile Blog posts. Our foray on to Share Designs earlier this week to check in with our fellow cement tile-philes was no exception. There were plenty of great tile installation ideas that caught our eye, but the one that really got us thinking was Pamplona. You see it’s a remarkably simple tile design—just a repeating pattern of small-scale diamonds. In reality, it can be transformed in all sorts of dynamic ways.

Maybe the simplest choice for Pamplona would be to choose only black and white for the diamonds. The rhythmic pattern is a classic and would look fantastic in a floor tile installation in an entryway. Though ever so simple, it’s bold and graphic and makes a really strong opening design statement.

A simple cement tile design of alternating diamonds of black and white is a simple and bold choice for a concrete tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Ready to mix our Pamplona tile design up just a little bit more? Try incorporating another shade into the mix. Rather than using just two colors, try throwing in a third. This was the tile design that caught our attention over on Share Designs and got us thinking more about what you can do with Pamplona. This would also be a great cement floor tile installation, although we could just as easily see it as a kitchen tile backsplash.

Adding a third color to our Pamplona tile design makes for an even more eye-catching tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

See what happens when you use a gray scale in a slightly different way. You get a cool shadow effect that suggests the argyle patterns of wool socks and sweaters. A tile design like this would be fantastic for bathroom tiles in a bath designed for boys or even as a kitchen tile backsplash.

Using several shades of gray creates a stunning shadow effect on our Pamplona tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Honestly, this is just a hint of what you can do with Pamplona. Change colors, bring in a blue or a yellow or a red. Play with the cement tiles’ orientation using our layout tool. You really can let your imagination run wild with all the options Granada Tile gives you. Happy tiling!

Checking In: What’s Happening on Share Designs

If you’re stumped on your latest tile installation or just curious about what fellow tile design lovers have been thinking about, look no further. As always, our Share Designs users have been busy cooking up some truly wonderful cement tile design ideas, with fresh and unexpected takes on dozens of Granada Tile‘s flagship Echo Collection looks.

Mary Young, for example, took our Hokkaido tile design and incorporated cool blues and teals for a watery vibe. There’s something about this tile design that just begs to be used for a wall tile installation—maybe on an outside wall near a swimming pool at a midcentury modern house.

Cool blues and teals dominate Mary Young’s experiment with Granada Tile’s Hokkaido cement tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Of course, working at Granada Tile means you’re surrounded by stunning cement tile on a constant basis, so it’s no wonder we love playing around with concrete tile designs. To wit, our own Lupe Guzman has come up with some great tile looks. We particularly loved her interpretation of our Pamplona tile design. She went with a rhythmic gray-scale palette and played up its simple pattern of small-scale diamonds (this tile design is great to play with—you can even create a great argyle pattern). It’s something we could easily see as a kitchen tile backsplash or bathroom wall tiles.

A gray-scale for Granada Tile’s Pamplona tile design is a simple, yet effective tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

It’s not just geometric patterns that catch our fancy. Some of our Share Designs users have done tremendous things with our more elaborate tile designs. Donna Stovesand, for one, came up with a gorgeous take on our Iznik cement tile design. It’s one of our more detailed tile designs—with beautiful pattern of swooping curves and flowers. It’s lovely in a just a few colors, but Donna’s take really makes it sing by using a range of colors to pick out the floral details. The quatrefoils all have morning glories in blue, a shade that repeats on the tile design’s outside edges. With a large-scale tile design such as this, it really should be used in a floor tile installation for a carpet effect.

Donna Stovesand captured all of the wonderful detail in our Iznik cement tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Truly this is just the tip of the tile design iceberg on Share Designs. There are so many great cement tile looks on there, it’s almost impossible to keep track. In the meantime,  add your own and keep checking back here for highlights. If you’ve got one that’s really sensational, let us know so that we can feature it right here.