Get The Look: Use Granada Tile’s Serengeti Cement Tiles To Get The Look of This Guitarist’s LA Home

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A recent house tour on Domaine Home spotlights the Los Angeles home of Fall Out Boy guitarist, Joe Trohman, and his family.  It was designed by Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design.  The showpiece in the living room is the amazing and arresting fireplace surround clad in the black and white cement tiles.  The bold pattern is the perfect balance for the undone, eclectic and casual space filled with strong pieces in a variety of styles, periods and colors.  It underlines the home’s classic Spanish style while bringing it firmly into the present.  Though these tiles are by Cle, you can recreate the look using our Serengeti concrete tiles.

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The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop, restaurant space or musician’s home — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile, fireplace surround tile, kitchen backsplash or bathroom floor tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Photos by Daniel Collopy for Domaine Home

Bathroom Renovation: Fez Cement Tiles in Wills Casa’s Shower Stall

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In their otherwise black and white bathroom, Nick and Amber Wills of Wills Casa installed our Fez concrete tiles in their shower stall to perk things up and because they’d loved the pattern since they came across at Intelligensia Coffee in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles.

Because their shower stall area is actually not the square you might think from the photo above, there was some debate as to which way to lay the cement tile, square to the entrance to the shower or angled?

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We love this use of our tile.  Like a installing a cement tile backsplash in a kitchen, using cement tiles on just the floor of a shower stall can add color and pattern and make a big impact with lower cost and commitment.  Plus, as we noted last week, using concrete tile on the floor in a wet room like a bathroom or kitchen is a great idea not only because it looks good, but because it feels good on the feet and is apt to be much less slippery than porcelain tile.   For a closer look at all the changes that Nick and Amber made to their bathroom, check out the full blog post here.

The same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

A Cement Tile Backsplash At Potted Store In Los Angeles

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At the very modern and very cool gardening store Potted, located at 3158 Los Feliz Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, co-owner Mary Gray created this vivacious cement tile backsplash for the store’s utilitarian sink.  Using a clever mix of concrete tiles from our Echo collection — including black and white Fez concrete tile, Bordeaux, Philadelphia, Sofia, Nashville, Serengeti, SeattleHouston, Nashville, Cluny and Ardoz cement tiles — she created an exuberant patchwork of color and design that brings a touch of fun and whimsy to a utilitarian space tucked into the back of the store.  You can create a similar look by ordering some of our sample cement tile from the Granada Tile webstore.  Save the cement tiles that you’re considering to My Portfolio and use the Granada Tile layout tool to mix and match your selection of concrete tiles until you find a design that pleases you.

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The same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop, restaurant space or gardening store — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project. 

A Sofia Cement Tile Bathroom And A Happy Cement Tile Customer

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When Doris Parker sent us the pictures of the bathroom she and her husband had done using the Sofia cement tiles that they’d ordered from us, we were delighted!  Of course we were curious to hear the full design story and how she came to choose Granada Tile’s Sofia cement tile.

How did you find Granada and how did you figure out which pattern you were going to choose?

Lindsey Boudreaux of Shotgun Double LLC, our designer, recommended that we try a patterned floor and she sent me some pictures from Pinterest and Houzz of some concrete tile installed in small bathrooms like ours.  I went online looking for some cement tiles that were “in stock” in the green and red color palette we’d chosen.  I really liked the Sofia cement tiles plus the tiles came within a few weeks.  That timing was crucial for us.

Why had your designer decided on concrete or cement tiles rather than on porcelain?

Lindsey specializes in small spaces and, as you can probably tell from the photos, our bathroom is not very big.  Her thinking was that even if the concrete tiles were a little bit more expensive, there wasn’t that much floor space so what the heck!  We were unsure about doing a brightly patterned floor like that — although we’d seen them in the Mediterranean and loved them — but she encouraged us, assuring us that a big pattern in a small space works really well.  I trusted her judgement.

We agree!  A small space like a bathroom is a great place to have fun with color and pattern.

One of the other things that I found out, after we had the cement tile floor in and sealed and the heated under-flooring installed, was that concrete tile feels really good on the feet when it’s warm.  It’s just an amazing feeling.  It’s almost like velvet.  it’s great!  I love it!  Also, it’s not slippery at all, even when it’s wet. So it turned out to be a great choice.  I love it!  I just love it!

What’s the reaction been from other people?

The contractor thought they were awesome and the tiler, the guy who actually put in the floor, was very impressed.  He hadn’t worked with concrete tile very much before and he had to go through the instructions on how to install and seal it but they both thought it was really great.  Coincidentally I was in San Antonio recently.  There’s an area called the Pearl, which is an old brewery and they have concrete tiles on the floor of the stable and the bathroom. My friend made a point of showing them to me and they’re just gorgeous.  They’re old but they’ve held up so well.  So that’s another good thing about cement tiles.  So we’re really happy.  I love that I got it so quickly and the service has been wonderful and the cement tile has all these wonderful qualities I didn’t even know about.

Thanks for sharing pictures of your bathroom, Doris!

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Have you done a project recently using Granada Tiles cement tiles?  We’re always excited to see photos of the wonderful projects our clients have done.

The same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile, kitchen backsplash, inside or outside.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

Designer Justina Blakeney Loves To Play With Cement Tile Colors

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Do you know interior designer Justina Blakeney?  Well, if you love color and pattern you should! Her self-titled Junaglow style — a lively, exuberant mix of plants and texture and pattern and color and fun is exotic and modern…just like Granada Tile!  And we’ll get to see more of her beautiful style in her new book, The New Bohemians, which debuts at the end of the month.

In two posts that she wrote for her blog, she played with the colors of our Fez cement tile and our Khufu cement tile, reimagining these concrete tile designs in wonderful, wild color combinations!

Above, you can see the results when she played with Fez concrete tiles, using a floorcore photograph she’d snapped at the Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles coffee shop Intelligensia.  And here are the results from when she pulled out her paintbox with our Khufu concrete tile, using a photo she’d snapped at Beachwood Cafe in Hollywood and Photoshop.

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Check out her original posts on our Fez cement tile and our Khufu cement here to learn more about her love for encaustic tile and how it suits her creative style.

But cement tiles with intriguing color combinations like the ones above aren’t limited to interior designers, the confines of your imagination or those who own Photoshop.  Take a cue from Justina and her imagination and set your own color spirit free.  Check out the wide range of colors and patterns in our Echo Collection of cement tiles.  Play with our interactive cement tile catalog, delight in the possibilities of our concrete tile designs using our cement tile layout tool, see what others are creating with their cement tile with our Share designs and discover which designs and combinations of concrete tiles set free your own Jungalow spirit.

Of course we have a wide range of cement tiles to suit any project, commercial or residential, indoors or outdoors, that you have in mind.  In addition to the intricate designs of our Echo Collection concrete tile, consider the Nordic-tinged designs of our latest collection, the Erin Adams Group of concrete tiles, delight over our Minis concrete tile collection, bliss out over the Milano collection of terrazzo cement tiles, the Antique collection of old world-style encaustic tiles, the soothing gentle curves of the Mauresque collection of concrete tiles and the warmth of the Rustico collection of concrete tiles.  Whether you’re searching for floor tile, wall tile, cement tile for your kitchen backsplash, shower tile or patio tile, Granada Tile is the source for the cement tile of your dreams.

The qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop like Intelligensia in Los Angeles Silver Lake neighborhood or for a restaurant space like The Beachwood Cafe in Hollywood — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same qualities that make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs — and in which colors — would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.    

Installation Equation: Cement Tile Backsplash For An Inexpensive Kitchen Update

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If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge on a complete kitchen renovation, why not considering replacing just your kitchen backsplash?  For a minimal investment, adding cement tiles to this narrow space can give your kitchen a whole new look.  Try our Fez concrete tile to give your drab kitchen an exotic, yet modern flair, our Sherwood concrete tiles in a warm yellow to transport your space to Provence or put a twist on a classic  by choosing our Cluny cement tile in in-stock black and white

Let the magic of our cement tile in these kitchen blacksplashes inspire you to bring a burst of color and imagination to your staid kitchen space and discover what a single band of pattern and design can do to bring your home to life.

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The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles, pick your favorite pattern and play with colors using our interactive Echo Collection catalogue and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

Introducing The Erin Adams Group of beautiful cement tiles

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We’re very excited to introduce our latest collection of concrete tiles and our collaboration with tile designer Erin Adams.  Her aesthetic is unique — a blend of the folk art tradition that she was exposed to as a child and the sophistication of her education in New York.  We think these cement tiles are a perfect extension of the concrete tiles in our Echo Collection.

We met Erin at a trade show where she was showing a selection of beautiful handmade ceramics.  Her work was interesting and her motifs were clever.  We kept in touch and decided to work together.  The concrete tile designs that resulted are easy and modern, made up of endless itinerations of the oval, the square and the circle, yet they have a timeless, retro feel.  This combination reminded us of the clean, graphic look of Scandinavian and midcentury modern designs and we christened this group of concrete tiles with evocative Nordic names.

You can check out the full lookbook of the Erin Adam Group of cement tiles here.  You can also see it on our Pinterest Board here.  (By the way, are you following our boards on Pinterest yet? You can check out all of our Pinterest boards here!)

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Installation Equation: Using Cement Tile For A Balanced Bathroom Design

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When it comes to designing a pleasing and balanced bathroom, our Granada cement tiles can be your secret weapon to creating a room that is inviting.  With their vivid colors and beautiful designs, our concrete tiles can bring in warm elements such as swirls, color, and pattern to balance a room that is innately cool. In the bathroom above, masculine elements such as the square, boxy shower stall, the angular marble ledge, the black tub, the shiny white subway tiles, and the cool stainless steel fixtures are visually softened by the swirling design of the custom colored black and white Normandy cement tile bathroom floor.  This concrete tile design’s enchanting curvaceous quatrefoil pattern is a girlish counterpoint to the heaviness of that sombre black tub and a giggly contrast to the efficiency of that white shower, creating a perfect bridge between the two that makes the room feel inviting even without that plush white robe just waiting to embrace us.  The warmth of the concrete tile pattern enables the room to easily embrace elements such as that brass bowl and wood vanity without feeling unbalanced.

Whether used to cover your bathroom floor, a shower stall, your bathroom walls, interspersed in a design with solid color tiles or as a tub surround, the beautiful tile designs and vivid colors of Granada Tile cement tiles bring beauty and warmth to your bathroom and add personality to this often lackluster room.

The qualities that make Granada Tile cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile, in the kitchen or bathroom, inside and out.  Start by visiting the Granada Tile web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade mastercrafted cement tiles; play with color using our interactive Echo Collection cement tile catalog; and. call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project. 

 

 

Behind The Cement Tile: Fez

 

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Where do we start to talk about the magic that is our Fez cement tile?  Since its splashy debut into the public’s consciousness eight years ago, courtesy of Los Angeles architect extraordinaire Barbara Bestor, at Silver Lake’s Intelligensia Cafe, one of the city’s most popular coffee shops, these concrete tiles, in our standard blue and white colorway, have captured the imagination of architects, designers and tastemakers from coast to coast.  The simple graphic look of these cement tiles is at once modern and exotic; this concrete tile design works just as well in a traditional setting as it does in a contemporary space.

This cement tile design comes from historic molds made of cast bronze that were purchased in the early days of Granada Tile’s existence.  Because of its classic Moroccan feel, we decided to christen this concrete tile design after that country’s pre-eminent city for artisans.  In blue and white, this cement tile pattern also bears a whiff of Greece and the Greek islands, bringing to mind that land’s ancient oceanside villages, the calming blue of the summer sea contrasting with the stark whitewashed homes.  Whatever warm land this cement tile evokes for you, here are some examples of how this cement tile pattern adapts to different spaces — kitchen backsplash tile, outdoor deck tile, bathroom floor tile, shower tiles, stair tile, patio tile — and shows off its hardworking, durable, modern and timeless qualities.

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The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

Installation Equation: 4 Great Granada Tile Cement Tile Small Bathrooms

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As you can imagine, here at Granada Tile we believe in the old decor adage that, when it comes to the smallest rooms in your home, like the bathroom, you should have fun with design and be generous with color and pattern.  As these photos prove, the vivid colors and beautiful designs of our cement tiles make it easy to do that in your bathroom, even if it holds little more than a sink, a toilet and a shower stall!  Hold the white and embrace the beauty of cement tile designs!

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Estrella cement tiles in a custom color combination cover the bathroom floor and continue into the floor of the shower stall, giving this compact bathroom an expansive feeling that belies its tiny footprint.

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With its walls covered in our Alhambra cement tile, this shower stall does as much as any blast of cold water or double shot of espresso to wake up a morning ritual.

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With its range of turquoise, aqua and cobalt, it would be hard to be blue after spending time in this small space where the exuberant swirls of our Cluny cement tile dance across the bathroom floor. (photo by Ken Koonce)

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In high-contrast black and white, our Cluny cement tiles gives what could’ve been a standard issue bathroom a jolt in the arm, transforming it from ho-hum to oh wow.  (photo courtesy of Ken Koonce)

The qualities that have made our Granada Tile cement tiles the concrete tile of choice for hardworking coffee shops or restaurant spaces — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our cement tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same qualities that make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Visit the Granada Tile web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade mastercrafted cement tiles, check out our cement tile interactive catalogue  and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.