Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tile Talk Newsletter - February 2012

Find your Inner Piece

Don't miss our newest addition of hand-painted art tile, Inner Piece. This unique collection of tile includes bold 6"x6" tiles that captivate the eye with their rich use of texture, contemporary patterns and warm, bold Mediterranean colors.

Rippling Water Orange Lantern Sunset Estrella B Malibu Tile
Rippling Water Orange Lantern Sunset Four Blue Suns

>> See the collection of Inner Piece Tiles

The line also includes an extensive collection of 2"x2" mosaic tiles or dots representing the artist's interpretations of the elements of Air, Earth, Water and Fire. There is also a collection for the seasons of Fall, Summer and Winter.

Fire Water Fall Winter
Fire Water Fall Winter

>> See the collection of Inner Piece Tiles

The 6"x6" patterns are also available in a 4"x4"format. Currently, only the 6"x6" tiles are available on our online catalog. Experience this unique collection of art tiles and find your Inner Piece.

>> Read Our Blog Post about Inner Pieces Tiles

Project Pick: San Juan Cement Tile Patio

Terrace with San Juan & Solid Color Cement Tile
Terrace with San Juan & Solid Color Cement Tile

Our Traditional Cement Tiles are a classic collection of historical cement tile patterns available in the standard 8"x8" format. The San Juan pattern in this month's project pick breaks with tradition. It creates a grid of patterned tiles instead of the common carpet design in the center of the room. The effect provides a traditional look reminiscent of Spanish Colonial designs, taking its cue from terra cotta colored pavers and decorative accent tiles. The group of four pattern tiles are separated by a row of solid color tiles on each side to create a grid.

Traditional San Juan Cement Tile Pattern
Traditional San Juan Cement Tile Pattern
Field & Border 8"x8"

If you think a pattern is too busy or too much, this is a great way to simplify it and still maintain a traditional feel. "Breaking up a pattern" works well in large spaces. It also is a great choice for open patios because the eye naturally extends the grid pattern and makes the open space part of the room. To create the effect of pavers, only two basic colors were used with an accent color in the center of the medallion. Cement tiles are great choice for outdoor patios. Cement tiles are not resistant to freeze/thaw cycles and should not be used outdoors where freezing temperatures may exist.

Tile Tip:

Use decorative tiles to create interest on an arch. You can run a solid row of tiles for a dramatic effect or space them out as shown here. In this installation, San Jose 3" x 3" deco tiles from our Barcelona line add charm to this door arch and introduce the San Jose Quarter Design 6"x6" tiles used in the backsplash.

Decorative tiles work well as accents in an arch.
3"x3" Deco Tiles are Used in an Arch

See other great ways to use decorative tiles in our recent post about Four Ways to Use Hand Painted Tiles.

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