How To Give Your Kitchen Backsplash A Unique Touch

A Custom Colored Cement Tile Kitchen Backsplash

A new backsplash is an easy way to give your kitchen a dramatic update. And, actually, while you can chose from our large selection of in-stock cement tiles, custom color is as simple as a few clicks of a mouse and a conversation with our team. Consider this kitchen from customer Joanna Barsch

A custom colored Cluny cement tile backsplash is the focal point of a kitchen renovation A custom colored Cluny cement tile backsplash is the focal point of a kitchen renovation

“I love my 1939 adobe home and our renovation. Grenada Tile helped me with our kitchen. There are so many wonderful and vintage- feeling designs and color waves to use! I loved working on a custom design. The team stays with you until you get it right. And their love for the product is infectious. If I didn’t have amazing original floors, I’d work with Grenada to tile them all. This is not decor. This is creative expression disguised as decor. I hope you agree that the results speak for themselves. Thank you, from a very happy customer.”

A custom colored Cluny cement tile backsplash is the focal point of a kitchen renovation A custom colored Cluny cement tile backsplash is the focal point of a kitchen renovation

The colors used for both Regal Clover-450 and Cluny-688 are Cordoba, Cream, Coral, Yellow, Terracotta. The bullnose is solid Terracotta.  A custom colored Cluny cement tile backsplash is the focal point of a kitchen renovation

Of course, these two designs are not the only one of our cement tile patterns that can be custom colored. Actually, many of our over 400 designs can change their look depending on their colors. In fact, you can see for yourself via our interactive catalogue which lets you play with colors. And there are plenty in stock encaustic tiles in black and white in our cement tile shop. Need help making a decision? Call us on 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles before the grout dries.

Get The Cement Tile Look: A Cement Tile Backsplash Adds Pizzazz In An Open Airy Kitchen


We’re drawn to any project that includes beautiful cement tile and this kitchen from Houzz is one that recently caught our eye.  Talk about looking on the bright side!  When Hurricane Sandy flooded this Larchmont, NY kitchen, the owners took it as an opportunity to go bigger, brighter and better!

A raised floor brings the formerly sunken kitchen level with the rest of the house.  A single wall of appliances and cabinets, a hard-working island and walk-in pantry streamline the space while the mix of stainless steel appliances and white cabinets reinforce the fresh, open feeling.


But the key element tying together the grey stained island and the marble countertop to the rest of the space?  Why, that cement tile backsplash of course!  You can get a similar look using either our Cluny concrete tiles or our Normandy encaustic tiles in silver and white.  For an exact match to this pattern, we can also create a custom cement tile for your space.

Have a favorite project from a magazine, blog or website that you’d love to recreate using cement tiles?  We’re happy to fabricate custom tiles for your project.  Just give us a call to discuss your ideas.

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.

Get the Look: Bringing Granada, Nicaragua, to You

Last week we showed you some amazing historical cement tile in Granada, Nicaragua—this week, we’ll share with you how to bring a little of that flavor into your own project. It’s not surprising, considering Granada Tile not only takes its name from the city but quite a bit of our concrete tile design inspiration comes from there too! We’ve rounded up a few of our cement tile designs below that show you how to capture the look of Granada.

Say you love the concrete tile pattern on the floor of the Granada Cultural Center. It’s the palette that grabs you, along with the geometry of the strapwork.

A sunburst and strapwork pattern at the Granada Cultural Center. Image, Granada Tile.

For your own project, try Granada Tile’s bold 10-by-10-inch Malaga-1022, a concrete tile pattern from our flagship Echo Collection. When rendered in silver, white, yellow and coral, it’s a perfect match for the cement tiles on the Cultural Center’s floor. Of course, you can customize it—selecting your own color scheme.

Capture the striking strapwork pattern at the Granada Cultural Center with our cement tile Malaga-1022. Image, Granada Tile.

Did you love the circles, flowers, and the soft, rosy tones of the covered arcade along Granada’s Central Plaza?

Rosy hues cover the floor of an outdoor arcade by the Central Plaza. Image, Granada Tile.

Choose our concrete tile pattern Bordeaux-20 offers a similar mix of circles and stylized flowers and then opt for reds and pinks.

In pink and red hues, Bordeaux echoes the design found in Granada. Image, Granada Tile.

In a more modern vein, you can recreate the dizzying, monochromatic effect found in a Granada sitting room.

A monochromatic palette creates a dizzying geometric effect. Image, Granada Tile.

Maldon-453 offers a similarly bold look when the triangles composing the pattern are done in a gray-scale.

The geometric beauty of Maldon. Image, Granada Tile.

Of course, you can always try out your own ideas with our interactive Echo Collection catalogue to see how you can get the look!

Toolbox: Customize It!

Granada Tile‘s clients love working with us because we focus on custom cement tile. Need our concrete tile pattern Sofia in blues and yellows? Just ask. We can do it. Have an idea for your own pattern? Maybe you saw something during your travels or need a design in just the right scale. Tell us. Granada Tile adores working with you—taking your inspiration and translating it into unique cement tiles.

Anyone can customize our designs. The best place to start is with the Echo Collection’s interactive catalogue. Select the concrete tile size you’re interested in (we offer 10 by 10, eight by eight, six by six, four by four, four by eight, plus eight by eight corner and border options). Choose your pattern. Maybe it’s the delicate foliate design of Montalcino in our eight by eight size.

The delicate foliate design of Montalcino. Image, Granada Tile.

Then choose your view. Select from a standard carpet layout, or, if you’re looking to install the concrete tiles in a bathroom or entryway, you can try those, too. It makes it easier to envision what your cement tiles will look like once they’re in. Now start adding color by dragging shades from the palette on to the sample tile.

Changing colors is easy! Image, Granada Tile.

Voila! You’ve created your very own custom cement tile . Once you’ve designed your tile, you can easily estimate your cost by clicking the estimate your cost button. If you’d like to see and feel a sample—live with it for a little while—just click on the order this tile button and up pops a form to do just that.

Since we make customization so easy, we’ve built quite a following among architects and designers in Los Angeles and beyond—we offer them virtually unlimited options for concrete tile in their projects. For Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Ralph Gentile Architects laid our Provence cement tile pattern on the restaurants floor in a mix of blue, chocolate and white.

The cement Provence tiles adds perfectly French flair to Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Image, Granada Tile.

In Houston, Jennifer Hamelet, of Mirador Builders, went the cement tile pattern Sofia in a custom colorway. She used the cement tiles throughout the residence—not just on a covered terrace. It creates a unified feel, and the warm tones of the cement tiles harmonize with the Spanish feel of the house.

Earthy tones of the cement tile in our Sofia pattern complement the Spanish-style elegance of a Houston house. Image, Granada Tile.

While the options afforded by our Echo Collection are nearly limitless, we can also craft cement tile designs from our clients’ own designs. We worked with artist Michelle Weinberg to create custom cement tiles for Shadow Canopy, a piece commissioned by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places for the county’s reconstructed GSA Trade Shops facility. In all, she used 3,000 square feet of cement tile from Granada Tile for the project.

Michelle Weinberg used a mix of custom-designed geometric cement tiles for Shadow Canopy. Image, Paul Clemence.

We also manufactured a custom pattern for Mark Zeff. Inspired by Italian markets, his design for Mercato di Vetro in West Hollywood is a chic take on the traditional. The custom tiles, in black and white, make a bold statement.

Mark Zeff asked Granada Tile to create custom cement tiles for Mercato di Vetro in West Hollywood. Image, Granada Tile.

So, if you’re looking to build, renovate, add or change, look no further than Granada Tile. Your choices are too many to count!