Installation Equation: Normandy for a Refined Cement Tile Backsplash

More traditional elements, including Granada Tile's Normandy tile design on the back splash, combine to temper the sleek, contemporary look of the cabinets in a kitchen. Photo by Leo Wesson.

Peruse Granada Tile‘s interactive Echo Collection catalogue of sensational cement tile designs, and you’ll see patterns galore. Some are thoroughly modern, with a hip geometric feel that would be right at home in a midcentury modern bathroom tile installation, while others boast classic motifs that could have plucked right from the floor of an ancient castle. Regardless of your design sensibility, our selection of concrete tile can’t be beat. What if you want to bring a touch of tradition into a modern space, though? As you can imagine, we’ve got a great idea for that, too. For this kitchen tile installation, our clients opted for sleek, European-style cabinetry in a warm gray shade, pairing it with neutral tiles on the floor and a counter top in an equally muted hue. In a space that could have been very stark, though, they brought in elements to warm things up. The Shaker-style stools at the bar provide a dose of texture with their woven seats, and the farmhouse table brings a fun, lively pop of color to the room.

Bringing more texture and a little pattern is our favorite element: the back splash’s Granada Tile cement tiles in our Normandy tile design. The pattern works really well in this installation because it has a great, traditional feel—think the pattern’s quatrefoil shape that suggests Gothic design—but has been pared down to its essential elements. The result is a modern take on an antique look, making it a great match for a more contemporary space. What’s more, the clients’ choice of a neutral palette means it harmonizes well with the kitchen’s other features and makes a quiet statement. Want to see how you can experiment with color and pattern in your project? Explore our cement tile catalogues online. Our flagship Echo Collection offers your countless combinations for every conceivable style. No matter your needs—bathroom tile, kitchen tile or floor or wall tile—we’ve got some great choices.


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