Installation Equation: Sofia Shines in a New Kitchen Backsplash

Our client loved our Sofia cement tile design so much it inspired the rest of palette in his Los Angeles–area kitchen. Tile photo courtesy John Hixson.

It’s amazing what you can come up with when pressed for time. Take our client John Hixson, for example. For his place in Redondo Beach, just south of Los Angeles, “I wanted to keep a Spanish flair in the kitchen and decided to an accent wall behind the stove,” he reports. Taking to Google image searches and to Houzz (one of our favorite sites and a great place to see all sorts of tile photos featuring Granada Tile‘s sensational cement tile) for inspiration. Coming across our tile, he was smitten—”the design and sheen drew me toward it,” he says. The work, however, had to be done ASAP. Fortunately, Granada Tile keeps a great selection of some of our most popular concrete tiles in stock. He hit on Sofia and was off and running, using the cement tile design to set the palette for the rest of the materials. (He would also install it on a small pony wall.)

The refreshed space is nothing short of a knockout. Cabinets with a traditional feel are painted in a creamy shade and a lovely sage green and graced with simple hardware. The Sofia-tiled backsplash is a great backdrop for the range and hood and provides a seriously amazing focal point for space, with the splashes of red in the cement tile adding just the right amount of pizzazz, while traditional ceramic subway tiles offer a bit of shine to counterpoint the luxe texture of the concrete tiles. As to what he likes best about the tile, Hixson says he loves the texture of the cement tiles—”it really gives an authentic, organic feel to the kitchen—unlike ceramic or glass tile.” Have you recently completed a cement tile installation featuring Granada Tile’s sensational cement tiles? We’d love to see your tile pictures and share them with our readers and clients to inspire their own upcoming cement tile installations.


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