The Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day – May is never short on it’s share of holidays and celebrations. Because the percentage of people interested in horse-themed tile is slim and it’s hard to give your mother a bouquet of tile, let’s instead honor Cinco de Mayo with 5 ways to bring Mexican-inspired tile to your next project. When we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, it’s important to know the significance of the day: Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. Now, modern day associates the fifth of May with Mexican-American culture. Tacos or huevos rancheros anyone? Looking at Mexican inspired tile can do the same; it started with tradition and has adapted to today’s trends.
Professional Tip: It’s highly recommended to sample handmade tile before placing an order. The beauty in handmade or hand-painted tile is that the glaze and embellishments will vary in color. If a consistent look is what you’re after, look elsewhere.
Today, homeowners and designers are crushing over Terra-cotta’s usage as a popular flooring material.
Here, Terra-cotta tile makes up most of the design, but the corners are clipped to insert colorful accents of Talavera tile.
Have fun with how you use Mexican-inspired tile. It’s not just for borders anymore, and can make a big statement.
Here are just a few unconventional ideas:
Talavera hand-painted tile, used on the risers of a staircase, adds instant drama.
Shut the front door. This bold trim around the door really sets the tone for what may be behind it. When you greet guests this way, they can't help but smile.
NKBA Award Winner: 2nd place in Medium Kitchen category, featured in Home & Design Magazine's July/August 2016 issueArchitessa's own Rockville Assistant Manager and Lead designer, Ginnie Schielke, collaborated with Turner to develop the sophisticated backplash. The tile comes from our Walker Zanger product line, where the Duquesa series offered the perfect pale blue to act as a monochromatic compliment to the kitchen island.
The kitchen island stands boldly against the white and neutral backdrop, energizing the space with a deep blue hue. The floor, while hardwood and not tile, still references the warm tones to that of Terra-cotta tile. Whether making mole or carnitas, this kitchen brings Mexican style into the 21st century.