Behind The Cement Tile: Granada Tile’s Santander Concrete Tile

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As regular readers may know, Granada Tile’s global perspective and love of travel means that we like to name our encaustic tile patterns after cities, countries and favorite spots around the world that inspire us.  Case in point, our Santander cement tile.  Located in the north of Spain, the town of Santander was settled early on, though it’s difficult to determine the exact date.  However, it’s likely that the bay, sheltered from storms and winds, a source of water and power and a good point from which to spot potential enemies, was the origin point.  This seashore, with its wide swaths of changing color due to the shifting patterns of waves and calm, wet sand and dry sand became the inspiration for our concrete tile pattern.  The four simple parallel lines of these Santander encaustic tiles echo that pattern.

Depending on how these cement tiles are laid, Santander concrete tile can take on many guises.  Above, at Horse Thief, a popular barbecue spot in Los Angeles’s Grand Central Marketplace, laying these wall tiles so that the diagonals run one way and then the other, creates a strong geometric presence.

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In another cement tile installation, used as the kitchen tile backsplash in this San Francisco space designed by Tim Balon, it takes on a much wilder, bolder and graphic tone, bringing life to the clean, sleek contemporary kitchen.

And while this concrete tile pattern is shown in black and white, which is available in our cement tile shop, if you’re curious to play with color, it’s a great pattern with which to get creative.

The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the perfect choice for a hardworking coffee shop’s cement tile floor or restaurant’s concrete tile floor or a barbecue’s encaustic wall tile — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your tile project, whether used as kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile or wall tile, bathroom tile, shower tile, patio tile or laundry room tile.  Start by visiting our cement tile shop 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.

Consider Granada Tile Nara Cement Tiles For A Graphic Kitchen Tile Backsplash

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Although you may have found us through some of our more well-known cement tile designs, like our geometric Fez concrete tiles, when it comes to choosing the encaustic tiles that will work for your concrete tile installation project, we have many different cement tile patterns to choose from.

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For example, if you’re looking to bring a bit of retro styling to your midcentury kitchen with an updated kitchen backsplash, Nara encaustic tiles might be an option. Nara’s concrete tile pattern is based on 200-year-old embroidery patterns from Japan, known as sashiko.  Sashiko is a type of folk embroidery that creates geometrically patterned backgrounds of curved or straight lines.  In fact, the word sashiko literally means “little stabs”—a nod to the very small stitches employed in creating the artful needlework.  Though the source material might be centuries old, the cement tile designs seem anything but. Instead they are bold, lively, and thoroughly modern, at home in a variety of tile installations from concrete wall tiles in a bathroom to cement backsplash tiles in a kitchen. Depending on the colors chosen for your encaustic tile palette, the design can be either muted or played-up, depending on the role you want your cement tiles to have in your concrete tile installation.

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The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop floor or restaurant floor — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your kitchen tile project, whether used as kitchen floor tile or kitchen wall tile.  Start by visiting our cement tile shop 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.

Bathroom Tile: Why Granada Tile’s Cement Tile Is A Great Choice For Shower Floor Tile

 

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Beyond their beauty, Granada Tile’s cement tiles are a great choice for a shower stall floor tile installation because concrete tiles are less likely to be slippery when wet than their porcelain tile counterparts.  Although encaustic tiles feel smooth and velvety to the touch, when seen up close cement’s surface has a natural variation that gives it some “grab”.  And, because concrete is naturally porous, instead of beading up on the surface or forming a film as water is apt to do on glazed tiles, water is absorbed by the tiles.

Above, Normandy cement tiles bring elegance to an Arcadia bathroom’s shower tile floor. Below, in an all-white bathroom, Granada Tiles’ Fez concrete tiles, in in-stock blue and white, bring a touch of whimsy to this shower’s tile floor.

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Below, custom-colored Estrella encaustic tiles bring a touch of the Greek Isles to this bathroom. Extending the bathroom tile floor into the shower stall tile is one quick trick to making a small bathroom feel bigger.

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The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop floor tile or restaurant tile floor — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home, whether used as shower floor tile or shower wall tile, bathroom floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, fireplace tile surround or outdoors as patio tile.  Start by visiting our cement tile 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 Granada Tile Normandy Cement Tile Floor Brings Elegance To A Luxury Bathroom Renovation

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Depending on their color and pattern, Granada Tile’s cement tile designs can fit style sensibilities ranging from the bohemian to the traditional, from modern to elegant.

Granada Tile’s Normandy cement tile pattern definitely falls into this last category.  With its quatrefoil shape suggestive of Gothic design, Normandy concrete tile has a great traditional feel but, because it’s been pared down to its essential elements, this encaustic tile also feels very modern, making it a great choice for a contemporary space.  And, in the subtle pairing of pale grey and white, in stock colors which are available in our cement tile web store, these cement tiles wash a space with quiet elegance.

In this bathroom renovation, the idea was to stay true to the Arcadia, California home’s original Spanish Mission vibe.  Because of their matte finish, making them non-slip even when wet, extending these concrete tiles into the shower floor as floor tile extends the bathroom.  As designer Jaimee Rose points out, “Any time you can extend the bathroom floor tile into the shower, you make your bathroom look that much bigger.”  Keeping things simple, Rose chose a simple cream bathroom wall tile, letting the Normandy concrete shower floor tile be the star.

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Vintage touches like the mirrors and a fabulous Empire-style chandelier pick up the Normandy cement tiles‘ antique qualities while simple white Shaker-style cabinetry brings out its more modern side.

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For more about this renovation including the before, check out interior designer Jaimee Rose’s full piece on her blog.

The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop floor tile or restaurant tile floor — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care, low maintenance and less apt to be slippery when wet — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home, whether used as bathroom floor tile, shower wall tile, kitchen tile backsplash, kitchen tile floor, patio tile floor or fireplace tile surround.  Start by visiting our cement tile 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 tiles would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VersaTile: Bathroom Tile, Kitchen Tile, Granada Tile Cement Tile Patterns Work Everywhere

We’re not just being pun-ny!  Granada Tile cement tile is versatile.  Whether based on classic designs or modern patterns, our encaustic tile designs work!

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Above, our Normandy cement tile, with its loose scrolls in our in-stock grey and white colorway, shows its versatility as a great choice for a kitchen backsplash tile, where it ties together the kitchen’s white upper cabinets and its black lower cabinets, and as a bathroom floor tile, where it add a note of luxury, elevating the elegance of the otherwise simple cabinetry.

Below, our Sofa cement tile.  On the left, it in a custom black and white colorway, this encaustic tile wall is the perfect balance to a busy nook, where its orderly black and white pattern calms the chaos.  On the right, used as a bathroom floor tile, in our in-stock colorway, this concrete tile pattern, with its notes of yellow, white, sage and coral, adds a note of intrigue and exoticism, as well as warmth, to the small space.

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Whatever pattern or colorway of cement tiles you choose, concrete tile is the perfect choice for wet rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.  Whether used as kitchen backsplash tile, kitchen floor tile, bathroom floor tile or shower wall tile, encaustic tile’s beauty and durability shine through.  Concrete tile also has a singular quality that makes it great for any space where it might come into contact with water.  Unlike ceramic tile floors, the surface of the cement tile, although it feels soft and almost silky to the touch, actually has microscopic bumps that grip.  And cement tile absorbs water rather than the water forming a slick surface across the top of the tile.  These two qualities add up to a surface that is less likely to be slippery when wet.

The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop floor tile or restaurant tile floor — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is 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.  Start by visiting our cement tile 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.

 

 

 

Granada Tile Minis Cement Tile Collection: Small But Mighty

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Have you checked out our Minis collection of cement tiles?   The Granada Tile Mini cement tile collection was inspired by the zellige ceramic tile patterns of Morocco, which sprang to life in the 10th century and seem to cover every surface that country.  Our Minis cement tile collection recreates these classic and timeless designs with one key and important difference: our interpretation uses concrete instead of the original ceramic.  Concrete makes these tiles stronger and less likely to chip, offering superior durability. They’re also a more eco-friendly choice, since the cement tiles are air-cured rather than kiln-fired (no thick, choking smoke from our production process to pollute the environment).  And, when wet, concrete tile is not as slippery as ceramic, making them a safer choice for bathroom tile floor or for a kitchen tile floor.  In fact, we won’t be surprised if you’ll want to use them to cover every surface of your home!

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Whether your project is a residential or commercial one, Granada Tile’s Minis Collection of concrete tile offers plenty of options.  Like the big sized cement tiles in our encaustic tile collections, the Minis Collection of concrete tiles can be used both inside and outside (except in areas prone to freezing), on floors and on walls. With their undulating, mesmerizing shapes, they bring a dynamic feel to kitchen backsplashes, bathroom floors and walls, and fireplace tile surrounds.  Try the Star Cross cement tile pattern (seen at the top of this post) in a traditional two-toned design, wash a wave of Aqua colored Scale concrete tiles across your shower wall (the second photo) or wake up a kitchen backsplash with playful Kite encaustic tiles in blue and white (see below)

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Whether you chose one of the large concrete tiles from our collection or are enchanted with the small size of our Minis encaustic tile Collection, the same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the perfect choice for a hardworking coffee shop floor tile or a restaurant tile floor — 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, kitchen backsplash, shower tile or patio tile.  Start by visiting our cement tile 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.