Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Great Floor Designs with Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

Project Pick: Durable, Rustic Spanish Pavers Offer Time-Tested Look

Rustic Spanish Pavers

These pavers have the rich look of classic clay bisque tiles that have been used in Spain, the Mediterranean, and northern Africa for centuries. With these pavers, you get the benefit of cement in their durability and strength, a broader color palette, and sizes and shapes that can be adapted to any décor and environment.

Further, by using our Spanish Paver Tiles, you'll feel good knowing your choice is also good for the environment. Made in the USA, this paver tile collection is made using a high percentage of locally sourced materials, which minimizes transportation impact. Moreover, the cement used for producing these tiles is supplied by an Energy Star Certified factory.

A few square formats also include clipped corners to accommodate decorative accent tiles. Our Malibu Deco Tiles are the perfect choice to pair with these Spanish pavers. Use this combination with the smaller 4"x4" formats to make a great looking backsplash or for attention-getting stair risers. Here are two great examples of the hand-painted Malibu ceramic tiles we offer: Malibu Catalina and Malibu Zeteca.

Malibu Catalina Hand Painted Ceramic Tile< Malibu Zeteca Hand Painted Ceramic Tile

Malibu CatalinaMalibu Zeteca

Our Rustic Cement Tile Pavers come in various square and rectangular formats. All tiles are 3/4"-thick nominal thickness. You'll find square formats from 2"x2" to 16"x16"; and rectangular formats from 2"x4" to 8"x16".

Finally, unlike Spanish pavers, these tiles are available in 30 colors and two blends. The colors are available in two styles: solid or flash. The Paver Color Palette includes classic bisque colors in terracotta, red and brown that provides traditional style. The Classic style takes its cue from clay bisque that would be historically used to make Saltillo tile, brown Spanish pavers, and red clay tiles. For a more contemporary look, choose from our extensive collection of 24 colors with the Premium color palette, which includes subtle greys, green, plum, rust and tan.

Like what you see? Go ahead, don't be shy, take a look at all of our Rustic Cement Tile Pavers!

See all our Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

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Avente Tile Autumn Pinterest Board

Pinterest: Inspiring, Trend-Setting, Project Organizer

Move over Facebook and Twitter because Pinterest is gaining momentum. The site, which was launched as recently as two years ago, is a social media platform that allows users to share their interests on theme-based boards. Users not only upload their own photos, but they can discover other users' photos (Pins), and re-pin (copy) them onto their own boards. Users can also categorize their boards to include ideas for upcoming weddings, home remodeling projects, recipe organization, and so much more.

According to Mashable.com, an online news source for all things connected, more than 70% of Pinterest's 10 million users told BizRate that they turn to the social pinboard site for shopping inspiration and to keep up with upcoming trends. There's also better user engagement with brands on the photo-sharing website: 66% of users regularly follow and repin retailers. Not surprisingly, the female/male ratio has been quoted as somewhere between 70-80% female. As a retailer for handmade cement and ceramic tile products, we've seen many positives with Pinterest, including new business leads. Here's how we make our Avente Tile Pinterest boards work for us:

In next month's issue of Tile Talk, we'll be sharing some best practices for Pinterest. Happy Pinning! In the meantime, tell us how you use Pinterest!

Tile Tip

Small tiles are the optimal choice for shower floors because they:
  1. Follow the contour slope to the drain.
  2. Provide additional grout lines that improve slip resistance.
Our Yucatan ceramic field tile can be purchased face-tape mounted in 2"x2", 1-1/4"x1-1/4", or 1-1/4"x2-1/2" formats. To further improve slip resistance, we can also add grit to the glaze.

The Yucatan series is inspired from long-standing, sprawling haciendas and villas found throughout the Mexican peninsular state. As a vitreous product, it's an ideal choice for countertops, fireplaces, pools, and fountains.

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