Get Inspired: What’s Happening with Cement Tile on Share Designs

The end of March marks another fabulous month on Granada Tile‘s Share Designs page. With the changing season, it seems as if our cement tile-philes are ramping up—playing with lots of tile designs and colors to add pizazz to their tile backsplashes, floors and walls. You can imagine, then, that our site is absolutely brimming with eye candy of the concrete tile variety.

Up first is a really cool design by Vasser Bailey that takes our Normandy tile design and tweaks it. Now, in general, when our clients choose this particular cement tile for their projects, they usually choose a light, neutral ground color and then opt for a strong contrast for the pattern. In the case of Vasser’s look, the ground goes bold and the pattern itself is more neutral. It’s a simple, yet very effective way of transforming this cement tile and upping the drama factor for a space where you really want to make a statement—say on the floor in an entry or on the walls in lieu of wallpaper.

Vasser Bailey Normandy

On Share Designs this month, tile-phile Vasser Bailey opted for a bold ground for this take on Normandy. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

From bold, we go to light and delicate, with Compostela. This cement tile design is a perfect example of the inherent versatility of our concrete tiles. Often, our clients will play up the complex pattern and incorporate lots of color, but we were really intrigued by how Elizabeth Rowin went another route, simplifying it. The pattern remains, it’s just quieter. Her choice of three colors highlights the delicacy of the tile design.

ELizabeth Rowin Compostela

Compostela takes on a quiet feel in Elizabeth Rowin’s interpretation of one of our more traditional cement tile designs. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

From traditional, we make a move to more contemporary with this really chic version of Hokkaido courtesy of Stefanie Yates. In her version, she further simplified the tile design, creating a wavy, diamond pattern that would be right at home on a tile backsplash or in a bathroom. You could even add a little more zest to the tile installation by playing with the layout, rotating tiles for a mod effect.

Hokkaido Stefanie Yates

By experimenting with our interactive catalogue and custom palette, Stefanie Yates created a version of Hokkaido that’s totally unique. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

There’s plenty more where these came from on Share Designs. And, please keep experimenting with cement tile, color, pattern and layout using our interactive tools. We love seeing your ideas as much as you like creating them. And you never know—you might see your idea featured here one day!

We Invite You to View Our Selection of Cement Tiles

When you choose to remodel a bathroom, there will be many choices about materials and design. In the end, many people decide to utilize tile in their bathroom as it is very well suited due to its look and versatility. When it comes to tile, there are many creative ways you can use it.

One of the hardest decisions to make is in picking out the tile. With the many choices of colors and styles, just narrowing it down to a few is relatively difficult. You might want to start with the flooring as the the base of your creative new bathroom.

The easiest option is, of course, to pick just one type or color of tile and go with that. But if you are a creative person, this will never do. You can choose two types of tiles, one design and one solid color and mix and match. Yet another option is to create a unique design within the floor. That is, use yellow tiles as the base and create a cool design with blue tiles. The sky is really the limit.

Using tiles in the shower will really add a whole new depth and dimension to your bathroom. You can use lighter tiles to give it a modern look or opt for something with a traditional feel to it. Counters also look great when tiled. Again, be as creative as you wish, just make sure there is some tie-ins with the floor for unity. And don’t forget a decorative backsplash.

If you are ready to step up and remodel that bathroom, we invite you to view our selection of cement tiles. There will no doubt be a design that you will absolutely have to own.

Utilize Concrete Tile for Flooring, Countertops and Even that Backsplash

When you are in the market for a new floor, there are really a lot of options available. Cement tiles are one of those options. Tile is widely adaptable and can be used in many settings. You have utilized tile in the past for your shower and backsplash, but now consider tile as an option when replacing a floor. We will tell you why.

While no type of flooring is completely maintenance free, tile flooring is relatively easy to maintain. Every four years or so you may want to apply a sealant, but between applications all you really need is a mop and broom. You approach cleaning tile just like any other surface, a little soap and water and perhaps some elbow grease and your tile will look great for years.

Tile will adapt to any type of room or look. That is, use your imagination and creativity when installing tile and you will have a look that is unique. If you have ever traveled abroad, it is not uncommon to see houses tiled wall-wall.

Tile remains one of the most cost-effective flooring surfaces on today’s market. Take into consideration the initial cost and the longevity and it is clear that tile offers the most for your money.

When you choose other materials for flooring, you are often limited as what they have to offer. Tile enables you to be as creative and unique as possible. Keep in mind that you aren’t just limited to flooring, backsplashes, porticos and countertops can also pop with charm and character.

Why don’t you just visit our website and begin that fantastic journey that will end with fantastic floors in your home.

Get Inspired: Welcome Spring with Cement Tile

Spring finally, officially sprung last week, and we here at Granada Tile couldn’t be more excited. While we’ve seen reports of snow in some parts of the United States, our social media feeds have been happily filling up with photos of blossoms, buds and flowers. With so much beautiful foliage making a very welcome appearance, it got us thinking (of course) about cement tile. As we showed you last week, our palette offers lots of bright and sunny shades for you to choose from when selecting the perfect colors for your next concrete tile installation, but, you guessed it, we also have lots of cement tile designs in our flagship Echo Collection that feature spring-like, flowery patterns.

For example, meet Castelo. This is one of Granada Tile’s larger cement tile designs, measuring a substantial 10 by 10 inches. With its strapwork pattern, it’s pretty traditional, but what we love about this concrete tile is the daisy-like flowers scattered around the design. Clients of ours used this tile design for floor tiles at the Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit. Not only is the cement tile the perfect choice for a canine hotspot (what with it’s tremendous durability), it’s also cheery and fun—the perfect choice when entertaining doggy charges.

Castelo Dog Ranch

At the Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit, our Castelo cement tile design adds a bright, springy dimension to the floor. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If something a bit more diminutive is more your style—and with more overall flower power—check out our Catarina cement tile design. This cement tile design offers all sorts of customization options, since the pattern is bold and full of life. Try it with pink flowers or yellow. Get inspired and go blue for a cornflower effect. It’s completely versatile and lovely, and a great option for bathroom tile.


For a little more flowery punch, give Catarina a shot. It’s fresh and bright. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

As you can imagine, this is just the tip of the flowery iceberg here at Granada Tile. We’ve got so many cement tile designs to choose from and lots with all sorts of different floral interpretations. Take on spin on our interactive catalogue and come up with your own take on flower power for your next cement tile installation.



Breaking News: Sunny Yellow Cement Tile in Coastal Living

While some of us are still digging out from yet another snow day, the calendar does say that spring is less than a week away. With the promise of warmer and drier days on the horizon, we thought it would be the perfect time to share the latest editorial coverage featuring Granada Tile‘s sensational cement tile—and give you a little sunny inspiration to boot.

Granada Tile Coastal Living

Granada Tile’s Europa cement tile design makes an appearance in the March 2014 issue of Coastal Living.

We’re thrilled to report that our fabulous concrete tile once again graces the pages of Coastal Living, this time in their March 2014 issue, which is specifically devoted to color. Now, if you’ve been a cement tile fan for any length of time, you know that we love color here at Granada Tile and offer the option of customizing any of our concrete tile designs in a rainbow of shades. This time around, Coastal Living featured our Europa cement tile in yellow and white. With its bubbly pattern of circles, this concrete tile design would add year-round sunshine to your cement tile backsplash.

The Coastal Living feature got us thinking about some of our other cement tile designs and how they’d translate into a palette of yellows. Bordeaux immediately springs to mind. Even better, if you’re eager to tackle a cement tile installation sooner rather than later, it’s available in stock. You could be on the road to new wall tiles in a matter of a few weeks.

Bordeaux cement tile

With a dash of coral, our Bordeaux cement tile design would bring a sun-drenched splash to a kitchen tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile. 

You can also try experimenting with ideas of your own too for your own floor tile inspiration. Just visit our interactive Echo Collection catalogue where you can find plenty of cement tile pictures to get you thinking. Of course, if you love several concrete tiles but can’t decide, you could always try a patchwork of yellow—a riff on the fabulous concrete tile installation we showed you at Go Greek in Beverly Hills.   


Installation Equation: A Cement Tile Patchwork in Beverly Hills

Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen some outstanding cement tile installations featuring patchwork designs from Granada Tile. Our clients, not content to limit themselves to a single concrete tile design, instead have enlivened their endeavors using multiple patterns. The result is a fun, bold, totally unique tile installation. Now you can add another great patchwork cement tile project to the list. This time, it can be found in Beverly Hills, at Go Greek, a new yogurt shop in Beverly Hills featuring, you guessed it, Greek yogurt.

To set the scene, though, you have to know a little about Go Greek, because, for the yogurt lovers among us, this place is amazing. The yogurt is flown in fresh from Greece, while many of the the mix-ins come from local farms. Choose from classic Greek yogurt or chill things out and pick frozen yogurt. Pick a classic combo of yogurt and honey or go bold with a parfait—and it’s all served in terra-cotta pots, also hailing from Greece, which can be reused in myriad ways.

Go Greek entrance patchwork

At Go Greek in Beverly Hills, the entrance beckons yogurt lovers with a threshold featuring a bold patchwork of cement tiles, the work of design firm ModMan. Image, ModMan.

Or course, as much as we love yogurt, we wouldn’t be telling you about Go Greek if not for its really amazing use of cement tile. You get your first hint of it at the entrance, which is paved in a patchwork of concrete tile. Once inside, there’s even more sensational cement tile covering the service counter. Design firm ModMan went for a fun and creative concrete tile installation, using a patchwork of cement tiles in various patterns (Fez, Alicante, Catarina, Serengeti, Torino and Boulder all make appearances), but stuck to a palette of blues, white and black that immediately conjures up the crisp hues found in Greek design. Set against the marble floor and rustic wood tables, the concrete tiles set the stage for honest ingredients.

Go Greek interior

The service counter at Go Greek also features a bold patchwork cement tile installation that plays off the blue-painted ceiling. Image, ModMan.

If you happen to be in Beverly Hills, be sure to visit Go Greek—from some yogurt and some tile peeping. Maybe it will give you some tile inspiration for your next project!


Nuts & Bolts: Granada Tile’s Sensational Cement Tile around the Web

If you’re reading Granada Tile‘s Cement Tile Blog, then you already know that we update here frequently with information on new and recent concrete tile releases, tips for cement tile installations and—best of all—great tile photos to get you inspired for your next project. From historic tile pictures to contemporary releases, we cover them here. But that’s just the tip of the digital cement tile iceberg. We’re all over the Web!


Love cement tile? Our Web site is a great place to start exploring our sensational concrete tile offerings with catalogues, tile photos and more.

For starters, there’s our Web site. For comprehensive information on cement tile, catalogues and more, it’s the place to be. (We’ve got a pretty exciting announcement about it soon, too, so keep checking in with us for that.) You can play with our interactive Echo Collection catalogue and explore Share Designs, where fellow tile-philes post their own interpretations of our concrete tiles. You can also watch videos about concrete tile production and get see great installation tips.


Love Pinterest? We’re there too! And have lots of tile photos for you to check out, along with other inspiration from palettes to rooms that delight us. 

Beyond that, we’re active on social media. Do you love Facebook? Come like us over there. Are you a dedicated Tweeter? We tweet, too, and want to hear from you. We love your stories about your own cement tile installations and would be delighted to find out more about them—and see tile photos. It’s a great way to connect with fellow concrete tile lovers.

We also have a presence on Pinterest (check us out there, too). We post installation tile pictures there, too, along with cement tile inspiration featuring our cement tiles in fun and color combinations and layouts to give you an extra creative spark. And, we also post images of other objects, rooms and spaces that inspire us. You might see the germ of an idea that becomes one of our sensational cement tiles or gets you thinking about a new palette for your tile backsplash.


How about Houzz? If you love design and architecture, it’s a great resource for inspiration. You can find us there and see some outstanding tile pictures. 

Finally, if you’re an architecture and interior design lover, you have to visit us over on Houzz. We post photos of completed residential tile installations, so if you’re looking for ideas for your new cement tile backsplash, wall tile installation or bathroom tile or kitchen tile project, you can count on Houzz for quick and easy inspiration.

Curious? We hope you are, and we hope to see you soon all over the Web!


Breaking News: Spring into Cement Tile

Granada Tile‘s great publication roll continues with another appearance in HGTV Magazine. For a recent feature, they included our Echo Collection‘s Cluny cement tile design, one that we might add has been very popular of late with our clients, in a stunning custom color combination. Say hello to Cluny in midnight and white!

HGTV Magazine Blue and White Cluny.

HGTV Magazine features Granada Tile’s beloved Cluny cement tile design in its April issue, in a stunning midnight and white color combination. Image via HGTV Magazine.

While we’ve always loved Cluny in more neutral shades, we think the version HGTV chose is really fabulous—and immediately put us in mind of Delftware, that stunning tin-glazed pottery that first started appearing in the 16th century in Holland. While it flourished chiefly in the 17th and 18th centuries, the look has become synonymous with Dutch design in the succeeding centuries. The pieces, which frequently included tiles, often often featured figural designs but there were plenty of floral and more abstract designs as well.

Defltware vase

A Deftware vase from the Pushkin Museum’s collection. Image via Wikipedia.

HGTV’s design got us thinking: Would other Granada Tile designs transform into Delft-inspired looks if we tweaked the palette. The answer, not surprisingly, is yes. All you need to do to capture the look is start with one of our more traditional cement tile designs (those inspired by 17th- and 18th-century European designs are, obviously, a good place to begin).

Delft-inspired Montalcino

In midnight, sky and white, our Montalcino cement tile design takes on a look akin to stunning Dutch Defltware. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Think Normandy, a somewhat similar concrete tile design to Cluny, or Montalcino with its leafy pattern. Then, play with a very simple palette. We recommend choosing just midnight and white with a hint of sky to keep the Delft-y-ness going. And voila! You’ve got a Delft-inspired cement tile design that could make bathroom wall tiles or kitchen tile backsplash into a little touch of Holland.


Toolbox: Instant Cement Tile Gratification

Are you decisive? Do you like to do things immediately? If so, waits are the worst for you. It’s no fun to make a move and then have to cool your heels before it can be completed. That’s particularly true when it comes to renovation projects. At Granada Tile, we have a solution to at least part—the cement tile part—of that problem.

If you take a spin around Granada Tile’s Web site, you’ll see that we have a section for in-stock cement tiles. It’s the perfect spot for people who want to dig into a tile installation immediately. Have bathroom tile in desperate need of a switch-out? Have a tile backsplash that could use some sprucing up? You can find some of our most popular cement tile designs in stock all the time, housed in our Los Angeles and Edison, New Jersey, warehouses (one in Houston is coming soon). If you happen to be in either area, they’re available for pick up, or they can be ready to ship in as few as one to two days.

Intelligentsia Fez installation

Have you always wanted to use Fez in a cement tile installation? Well, we make it easy with our selection of in-stock concrete tile options, which include Fez, in both blue and white and black and white. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

You can choose from a range of our Echo Collection favorites: the crisp geometry of our beloved Fez cement tile design (available in either blue-and-white or black-and-white) and Athens to more traditional designs such as Bordeaux and St. Tropez. There’s also an outstanding selection of solid color Echo Collection tiles.

We’ve also got a limited stock of some other Echo Collection standouts. The very on-trend chevron design of Ardoz is available in silver and white while supplies last. You can also choose, at least for a little while, from some of our newer cement tile designs, including Boulder and Boston from our Stripes group, introduced last year. (Some of our other collections have quicker delivery options too, including cement tiles from our Rustico and Antique ranges.)

St. Tropez

St. Tropez is another of the great in-stock tile options if you’re looking to take on a cement tile installation in the near future. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

So, if you’re feeling ready to take up that long-delayed kitchen tile installation or have a space that just cries out for an accent of wall tiles, mosey over to the in-stock section and take a spin around. You’ll be thrilled with what you find! 


Cement Tile Installation Equation: Exploring Santander’s Sensational Versatility

Last week, while working on Granada Tile‘s monthly round-up cement tile installation ideas, we were particularly struck by Micaela Clark’s really fabulous take on our Santander cement tile design. It reminded us of just how flexible the cement tile design can be. With a few quick tweaks to its palette and to its orientation in your concrete tile installation, it can take on all sorts of fascinating looks.

You can start simple, going for striking and minimal black and white. It’s always a great choice. But, what about tweaking that just a tad? Instead of installing the concrete tiles in a continuous series of diagonal stripes, you can take a page from designer Tim Balon’s book and install them in a more varied pattern as he did in the cement tile backsplash of San Francisco Victorian.

Tim Balon Santander Tile installation

Using a randomized layout, TIm Balon created a striking installation using Granada Tile’s Santander tile design. The tile design is highly versatile, allowing for nearly infinite layouts and color combinations. Tile photo courtesy Tim Balon.

If that’s too much variation, you can still mix up Santander with some really neat results. For instance, you can create a fun, mod hexagonal design by choosing a palette with three colors. Here, we opted for coral, black and white, but you could do this with anything your heart desires. Just keep all the concrete tiles going the same direction, and you’ve got a design that elevates the look with a more attenuated riff on the shape. If you’re looking to spice up a kitchen with some smashing wall tiles, for example, this would be one way to do it.

Santander three color

With Santander, a few changes to the palette and layout yield a snappy, attenuated hexagonal cement tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re looking for something big and bold to install over a expansive space, Santander is a great choice for that too. You can create a large-scale tile installation in a great diamond pattern. In this case, we chose a range of blue hues for a harmonious effect. It offsets the substantiality of the design. But, if you really want to create some impact, adding some contrast would be a pretty smashing choice.

Santander Diamond pattern.

Orienting Santander into a diamond pattern creates a dynamic, large-scale tile installation that will make a stunning impression. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

With only these tile installation ideas, we’ve only scratched the surface of what you can do with Santander. Try it out for yourself using our interactive Echo Collection catalogue and our layout tool to come up with your own looks. Check back here too—we can’t stop playing with this amazing concrete tile design.