Get the Look: Bring the Flavor of Guatemalan Cement Tile


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! [subscribe2]


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