Your Personal Style Will Serve as a Guide When Selecting the Cement Tiles for Your Backsplash

There are any number of materials and designs available for your backsplash. Long gone are the days of plain tiles in boring colors. The backsplash of today will be vibrant and elaborate and will scream “look at me.” If you feel it is time to update your backsplash, here are a few tips to get you started.

You will no doubt get lost in the array of colors and designs we have available. before you become overwhelmed, stop for just a moment and determine your personal style. Ask yourself if you are a traditionalist or if you lean towards modernism. You see, your personal style will serve as a guide when selecting the cement tiles for your backsplash.

Take a good look at your floor, walls and even the countertops. You need to keep in mind that your backsplash must keep this all in balance. Don’t fall into the trap where you treat the backsplash like a separate entity. Consider all the elements for a look that is balanced and effective.

Does your kitchen have a theme? If so, you might want to consider selecting tile that fits the theme. This can be accomplished by simply choosing a design and color that fits with the particular theme. It can also be done by running a decorative border around the backsplash that compliments the theme of your kitchen.

Design inspiration can come from almost anywhere. If you are having a difficult time sorting through ideas for a backsplash, we support you with inspiration. And we wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.


One of the great things about traveling around Europe and Latin America is seeing all the amazing cement tile installations. They show up where you’d expect them—cafes, restaurants, shop and hotel floors—and where you wouldn’t. For concrete tile-philes like those of us here at Granada Tile, it’s those surprising glimpses of cement tiles that are both a treat and an inspiration, and we hope for your as well. On a trip to France a while back, Melanie and Marcos spotted several unique and surprising tile installation that we wanted to share. One happened to be on the side of a brick building in Chartres. There, they saw three cement tile plaques framed with bricks. The tiles were flipped on a 45-degree angle to create a diamond shape and each featured a different design: one geometric, one with curvy strapwork and another with a more traditional pattern. While each was very different, they all had a similar palette that unified and harmonized them.

Chartres cement tile plaques

A trip of cement tile plaques decorates a building in Chartres, France. Cement tiles in unexpected places make a unique design statement. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Chartres might just have the market cornered on unexpected and delightful cement tile installations. Melanie and Marcos came across another fun outdoor wall tile installation there too. This time, it was below a window and incorporated a group of corner and border tiles to create a rectangular cement tile installation.

tile installation chartres

Below a window in Chartres, a cement tile installation features a surprising use of border and corner tiles. It creates an embroidery-like effect. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

All of this is to say that cement tile isn’t just for your back splash or bathroom—and especially cement tile from Granada Tile. Our concrete tiles are do durable and versatile, they’re a great choice to go pretty much anywhere, inside or out.

Ways to Create a Unique and Beautiful Tile Backsplash

In terms of your kitchen, the backsplash tile should be considered one of the more important parts of the design. No matter the medium you choose for your kitchen backsplash, it will be a focal point. Tile is a very popular choice, and for very good reason. Tile is flexible in budget, style and application. Here are a few tile types that you should consider utilizing for your kitchen backsplash.

Big and bold tile patterns are all the rage. Overscale patterns can be customized to repeat, just like you see in wallpaper. It is important to layout your wallspace thoughtfully so your design remains even.

Here is a novel idea; give ordinary tiles a creative twist by placing them on the wall diagonally. This type of layout may be a bit more labor intensive, but the overall look is well worth the effort.

Don’t be such a square. That is, don’t limit yourself to just square tiling, mix it up by selecting some other available shape. Take pride in your kitchen by going against the norm to create an awe inspiring backsplash.

Go color crazy. Yet another way to create a unique and beautiful backsplash is by utilizing our custom color tiles. This is as easy as choosing what colors you desire, almost. Mix and match over thirty color choices with the design of your choice. In the end, you will no doubt discover a tile that will be unique to your kitchen.

The first step to a beautiful backsplash is through our website. Get creative today.

Installation Equation: In a Brooklyn Kitchen, Cluny Sets a Chic Tone

Have we mentioned lately how much people love Cluny? Actually, that’s a rhetorical question. It seems like hardly a day goes by without one of Granada Tile‘s clients sending us new tile installation photos of projects with our Cluny cement tile design front and center, and we in turn share the projects with you. Earlier this week we showed you a non-traditional use of Cluny—in a fireplace installation. Today, we’ve got a project that showcases Cluny in a kitchen tile back splash with absolutely terrific results.

Today’s new concrete tile installation featuring Cluny comes out of Brooklyn and is a ravishing cement tile back splash. The feel of the space is distinctly traditional and simple, though a few modern touches add a bit of unexpected flair. Cabinets have inset panels and are enlivened by more contemporary hardware, while the sink feels as if it could fit happily into a country kitchen somewhere. Our clients relied on our Cluny cement tile design (along with a a collection of plates hung across the soffit) to bring color and pattern to the space. The juxtaposition creates a fun contrast between the more abstract design on the plates, and the concrete tiles’ more traditional pattern.

Brooklyn Cluny Kitchen

Our clients kept things simple, palette-wise, in their Brooklyn kitchen, going for a simple yet graphic black-and-white, which extends to the Cluny cement tiles they chose for their tile back splash. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Are you interested in using our Cluny cement tile in an upcoming project? We carry it in stock in three sensational color combinations: classic white and black; chic neutral taupe, chocolate and coffee; and bold chocolate, white and sky for when you really want to make a statement with your tile installation. Of course, you can also work with us to create the concrete tile design in a custom color way so you can make your project as unique as you are.

Installation Equation: Cluny Cement Tiles for a Chic Fireplace Installation

As we saw Melanie mention in her interview with She Knows Home & Garden last week, Cluny is one of the hot tickets from Granada Tile. It has been flying off the shelves, with our clients using it for tile back splashes, floor tiles and more. Today, we’re delighted to show you a cement tile installation that falls into the “and more” category.

Now it might be a little incongruous, given that today is June 2, to be sharing a concrete tile installation on a fireplace but bear with us. When our client, Adrienne Sams, of Dallas-based Smalls & Interiors, sent this in, we were too excited to keep it under our hats until the weather got colder.

Adrienne Sams CLuny fireplace

Cement tile isn’t just for kitchens, bathrooms and terraces. Our client Adrienne Sams used Granada Tile’s Cluny cement tile to cover a fireplace installation. Tile photo courtesy Adrienne Sams.

As you can see, cement tile makes a fabulous statement. Adrienne chose our Cluny cement tile design and used it to entirely frame the fireplace, taking the concrete tiles down to the floor and up to the ceiling, creating not just a smashing fireplace but also giving her clients a knockout accent wall in the process. The graphic black-and-white palette she chose for the concrete tile installation works perfectly with the soft gray on the walls and the rich, warm brown of the hardwood floor.

We know summer’s just a few weeks away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a cement tile installation to warm up your winter. Take a look at our tile installation pages for some great fireplaces featuring cement tiles. There’s also a fabulous project featuring an outdoor fire pit covered in our Serengeti tile design. It’s another chic and surprising use for our oh-so-versatile concrete tile.