Get Inspired: A Checkered Path of Cement Tile


The sweet checkerboard tile design Melanie and Marcos spotted on a floor in Ronda, Spain, got us thinking about the pattern. Granada Tile‘s Echo Collection has a classic version that we call Alicante. In basic black and white, it’s a knockout, but tweak it a bit—try three colors instead of two or reorient the pattern—take a look at some tile pictures and see for yourself just how complex and versatile a simple checkerboard pattern can be.

 Our Alicante tile design in black and white—you can’t beat a classic look. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Let’s start simply. Instead of using the standard black and white color scheme, how about using two shades of blue? The checkerboard look is still in full effect, but the feel has changed. There’s contrast but less of it—making it a great choice when you want to make a slightly quieter graphic statement. It could be a great choice for bathroom tiles.

 Alicante cement tile in two shades of blue makes a strong yet subtle statement. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Finally, let’s try incorporating five colors into our checkerboard pattern. It makes a bold tile design even bolder. In bright, poppy shades, it’s a fun, playful look and would make a fabulous choice for bathroom tiles.

 Using a palette of five colors gives your cement tile design a whole new dimension. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Color isn’t the only way of playing up the versatility of our Alicante tile design. Tweaking the orientation of the tiles opens up a host of tile installation possibilities. You can always go for the classic installation, which packs a graphic punch and is always incredibly chic.

 Alicante looks terrific installed in a classic checkerboard pattern. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Take your Alicante cement tiles, re-orient them a bit, and the change is dramatic. The tile installation immediately becomes more complex and eye-catching. It becomes something of a work of art, reminiscent perhaps of the work of M. C. Escher. The tile design would make a marvelous statement in an entry, we think!

 Changing the orientation of the cement tiles ups the complexity of the simple checkerboard design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Want to see more of just how versatile our Alicante tile design can be? Take our design tools for a spin. You can change up cement tile colors and play with tile installations to create your own unique take on Alicante.


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