Installation Equation: The Fez Phenomenon

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Meet Fez. Fez, part of Granada Tile’s Echo Collection of cement tile, is a bit of a chameleon. You’ll find Fez right at home in busy urban cafes where the vibe is cool and the coffee is hot. Fez can be found making an entrance and even brightening up a small residential kitchen. As floor tiles or wall tiles, Fez’s versatility can’t be overstated. Don’t just take our word for it! Some of our favorite designers have used our cement tile design Fez in all sorts of projects. See for yourself how this concrete tile design can work its magic for you. Intelligentsia Coffee‘s first LA outpost immediately won raves not just for its amazing coffee but also for architect Barbara Bestor‘s artful design, which gives a cement tile installation—namely Fez —a starring role. Bestor made the most of the concrete tiles’ flexibility by using Fez to cover the patio and interior floors, making the transition between inside and out seamless.

 Chic cement tile sets the state for the experience to come at Intelligentsia Coffee. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Going a step further, she used the cement tiles up the sides of the bar, too, so much of the lower half of the space is a riot of Fez. Beneath the marble countertops and blonde wood walls, the concrete tile walls’ bold pattern provides as much of a jolt as the shop’s legendary coffee.

 Barbara Bestor used an unbroken expanse of Fez in Intelligentsia Coffee’s first LA location. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Fez works equally well in environments where space is at a premium. Take the case of a small kitchen with a period feel by Design Vidal. By Fez for the cement tile backsplash, Design Vidal brought a visual punch to a compact area. The blue-and-white of the kitchen tiles plays well against the cabinets’ yellow and contributes a modern flair.

 Cement tile for a kitchen with a retro feel. Tile photo, Susanne Hayek Photography

Going for colorful Fez is always a fun choice, but opting to go neutral with it has its own chic rewards. The owners of one house went with Fez in black and white to pave the ground outside. A visitor’s first look at Fez begins at the sidewalk, where the concerete tile installation jumps out from the surrounding cement. Though the tones are similar, the elegant cement tile design announces that something lovely is just beyond the gate.

 Fez marks the transition from the street into a secluded courtyard. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Have you used Fez in a project recently? We’d love to see your tile pictures.

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