Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)

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Get the Look: Bring the Flavor of Guatemalan Cement Tile’s to Your Next Project

Last week, we showed you some great cement tiles Melanie and Marcos came across on trip to Guatemala. This week, we thought we’d show you how to bring the look of Guatemalan cement tile into your own concrete tile installation project. Granada Tile has lots of tiles that capture a similar flair, along with a palette that can bring a little of the classic color of the country into your own kitchen or bathroom tile project.

If you loved the simple concrete tile installation in an Antigua posada, you can recreate the feel using our Borga tile design. It’s a simple cement tile that can be dressed up or down depending on your color preferences. To get the look of the posada’s cement tile, simply choose a palette of cream and terra-cotta. It gives you a subtle ground, while the cream at the corners forms lovely diamond shapes.

Borga in terracotta and cream

Borga in a simple mix of terra-cotta and cream yields an elegant cement tile design that works perfectly as a floor tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re looking for something bolder, inspired by the cement tile in the Antigua hotel restaurant, you can achieve a similar result by using our Kiev cement tile design. The pattern, dominated by large-scale circles is a nod to the circles in the Guatemalan design. To make it a closer match, try using a similar palette of yellows, oranges and reds—it’s warm and vibrant and a great way to make a statement. Install it all over or get creative a do a tile carpet, surrounding it with solid and patterned border tiles.

Kiev in yellow, mustard and terra cotta

Bring a little of the warm hues of Latin America home with you by using similar colors for your Kiev palette. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We loved the acanthus-like motif on the concrete tile Melanie and Marcos spotted in an Antigua boutique. (We also were big fans of the chic, understated palette.) You can find something like it, if you opt for our Sevilla tile design. The abstract design brings a bit of Egypt into a cement tile installation, and—much like Kiev—it looks great installed in a continuous field or as a tile carpet.

Sevilla in red, blue and sage

Using red for the acanthus-like leaves in our Sevilla cement tile design emphasizes the motif. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Have you spotted some sensational, historic cement tile on your travels? If so, we’d love to see some tile pictures—we can’t get enough of them. And, we’d be thrilled to showcase them right here on the blog!


Living History: More Sensational Cement Tile from Guatemala

Guatemala, as with Nicaragua, has a robust tradition of cement tile installations. In older parts of its cities and towns, surfaces are covered with stunning cement tile designs ranging from the subtle to the extravagant. A while back, we shared some discoveries Granada Tile‘s Melanie and Marcos found on a trip to the country, and today, because there’s an embarrassment of riches, as far as Guatemalan tile designs go, we thought we’d share a few more.

Spied at a posada in Antigua, Nicaragua, a simple cement tile floor caught Melanie and Marcos’s attention. In two shades, a cream and a terra-cotta, with geometric forms, the concrete tile installation is lovely in its understated simplicity. Diamonds, a few circles and starts complete compose the design and give a traditional terra-cotta-type cement tile installation a bit more than the usual monochromatic squares.

Simple tile floor posada

At a posada in Antigua, Guatemala, a simple pattern of cement tiles covers the floor. Guatemala, much like other Central American countries, has a rich tradition of cement tile. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

From the simple, we do a 180 to the elaborate, with a couple of Guatemalan cement tile installations that are bright, bold and fun. First up is a concrete tile installation on a floor at a hotel restaurant in Antigua. Besides solid mustard-yellow squares, the installation features a wide border surrounding large-scale circles. The color and pattern in the design animates the space.

Tile floor Antigua hotel restaurant.

The bold cement tile installation on the floor of an Antigua hotel’s restaurant provides a bright, dynamic counterpoint to the creamy stucco walls and rough-hewn ceiling beams. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

In an Antigua boutique, Melanie and Marcos came across yet another tour de force of cement tile design. It’s another bold pattern with echoes of the design motifs of several centuries contained within it. It’s geometry suggests 18th-century design, evoking, in particular, the formal gardens of the period. Other details soften it and bring to mind Art Deco design, especially in the fan-like floral motifs that punctuate its corners.

Boutique tile installation

A fresh combination of blue, orangey reds and white makes up the palette of a cement tile installation in an Antigua boutique. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We hope we provided some tile inspiration for you and gave you something to think about as you plan your cement tile installation project yourself. Be on the look out for a follow up post, where will share how to incorporate some of these design ideas using Granada Tile‘s sensational cement tiles.


Get the Look: Bringing a Bit of Guatemala Home with Cement Tiles

Recently, we shared some stunning tile photos of cement tile installations in Guatemala. As is the case with the rest of its Central American neighbors, Guatemala has a long and glorious history with concrete tiles. As you saw, they appear on floors around the country—from shops, to restaurants, theaters, even churches. We can imagine you love the tile designs from Guatemala as much as we do here at Granada Tile, so we’ve put together some tile photos of some of our own Echo Collection tile designs to show you how to get the look yourself!

If you loved the stately tile design from a church in Antigua, Gautemala, our Salamanca tile design might be just the ticket for you. The cement tile has a similar layout, with stars surrounded by clipped squares rather than hexagons. Play around with it using different colors to add some zest or keep it neutral for an elegant tile installation.


Salamanca’s elegant pattern of stars echoes the tile design found in an Antigua, Guatemala, church. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We think it was pretty easy to fall in love with the tile installation spotted at an Antigua theater. What made it so special was the incredible pop of blue. It gave an amazing depth to the cement tiles and really made the floor stand out. To get a similar look, try our Segovia cement tile design. Our tile photo below has it in a palette of mainly blues and pinks, but you could experiment with all sorts of contrasts.


Ribbons of blue pop against a palette of pinks and whites in a take on our Segovia tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We can’t tell you how taken we are with the tile floor at a hotel restaurant in Antigua. The cement tile design itself, coupled with the smashing orange-and-red color scheme is simply luscious. If this tile installation strikes your fancy, we suggest going for our Kiev tile design (a very Russian name, we know) and jazzing it up with some of the warm shades from our huge palette. It’s fun and vibrant—just the kind of thing that would look stunning in a kitchen tile installation and would brighten every morning.


It’s name might be Russian, but Kiev can bring flair just as a similar pattern did in Antigua, Guatemala. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Of course, these are just suggestions. We’ve got plenty of other ideas where these came from. Take a spin on our Echo Collection‘s interactive catalogue and see what you can come up with for yourself.


Living History: A Walk about the Cement Tile of Guatemala

On their trips around Latin America, Melanie and Marcos have the chance to see stunning cement tile pretty much everywhere they go—given the region’s embrace of the material in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Often, these trips turn into inspiration for new tile designs for Granada Tile, and the time they’ve spent in Guatamala is no exception. No matter where they turn on their visits there, they glimpse concrete tiles that suggest an element or an entire pattern for a tile.

In Guatemala, great historic concrete tiles seem to pop up everywhere, including at a chic furniture store in Antigua. There, the concrete tiles cover the floor of a colonnade setting the scene for the lovely wares. Melanie and Marcos loved the tile installation with its alternating squares of solid and patterned tile bordered by a fretwork tile design.

A historic tile installation in Antigua, Guatemala, features simple solid-colored cement tile squares punctuated by stylized floral tiles. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

A stately pattern of hexagons and squares leads to the altar at historic church in Antigua, Guatemala. The subtle color scheme strikes the right note and the pattern tile design is eye-catching and keeps up the visual interest across the large space.

church tile installation

The couple discovered a stately cement tile installation at an Antigua, Nicaragua, church. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

As stunning as these tile designs, are we feel like we saved the best tile for last. The floor tile installation in an Antigua, Guatemala, theater really knocked Melanie and Marcos for a loop. The contrasting blue seems almost as if it’s inlaid into the tile installation, but it’s really all of a piece. For sheer dynamism, this cement tile installation can’t be beat.

theater tile

In a theater in Antigua, Guatemala, Melanie and Marcos discovered a beyond-amazing tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Check back here soon for some ideas on how you can bring a little Guatemalan flair to your next cement tile installation be it for your kitchen tile, bathroom tile or somewhere else, using cement tiles from our Echo Collection.