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Design Trends: 5 Ways to Use Colorful Glazed Tiles

Using glazed tiles in your home is a go-to choice for professional interior designers as they seek to put their stamp of personality onto a project. Fortunately, the choice of glossy colorful tiles opens up a world of design styles!

Today, we’ll break down 5 practical ways to use glazed ceramic tile in your new home or remodel. We’ll explore the most common (and suitable) places in a home where a durable function can be paired with world-class design.

Keep reading if you’re ready to learn more about using glazed tiles in your new home.

Let’s dive in.

cement tile bathroom floor with glazed shower tile

First things first – Why Glazed Tiles?

First, why would you want to use glazed tiles in your home’s interiors? Aside from being gorgeous, they’re very practical.

  1. Durability. Glazed ceramic tiles are known for their durability, with a lifespan that can span decades (when properly installed and cared for). Plus, they are resistant to scratches, stains, and moisture, making them suitable for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Many of our commercial clients seek them out for bars, backsplashes, and flooring accents.
  2. Variety. There are so many options to choose from! These colorful tiles have an expansive range of colors, patterns, and sizes, making them ideal for endless design possibilities. Our interior designer clients build out unique and personalized spaces tailored to their client’s preferences with colorful tiles.
  3. Maintenance. These beauties are easy to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning by sweeping or vacuuming followed by mopping with a mild or diluted cleaner is sufficient to keep them in pristine shape.
  4. Hygiene. Most people don’t think about hygiene when it comes to tiles… but it’s a thing! The non-porous surface of glazed ceramic tiles inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Paired with properly sealed grout (to eliminate a porous grout surface), enjoy a hygienic space.
  5. Budget-friendly. Glazed terracotta tiles are less expensive than alternatives like Zellige tiles from Morocco. And they’re extremely durable because the clay is sourced in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. In fact, Saltillo terracotta is known as one of the most durable and low-cost terracotta tiles available today. Depending on the shape and size, you can expect a price range of $10- $20.
  6. Eco-friendly. These glazed terracotta tiles are made from natural clay, making them an eco-friendly choice for environmentally-conscious projects and clients. Because they have decades-long lifespans, resource consumption and frequent replacements are minimized.

So that’s the “why”… let’s explore more about how to use colorful glazed tiles.


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5 Ways to Use Colorful Tiles in Your Home

1. Durable Flooring with Glaze

Using glazed terracotta tiles as flooring in your home is a great way to carve out whatever look you have in mind. Porcelain tiles may also be a good option, but they often lack the character of handmade tiles. Since the ceramic coating on terracotta clay tiles can resist wear, tear, and scratches, they’re a go-to choice for decorative flooring.

But let’s also make an argument for tile flooring vs. carpet. Floor tiles also won’t stain, unlike carpet, which needs to be professionally cleaned every year or so. The big difference is that with tile, you’ll be able to see where it’s dirty and clean it right away. Unfortunately, carpet masks stains and eventually turn colors over time.

Having floor tiles can also make it easy to move, as you won’t need to replace any dirty carpet that has lost its flare over time. When movers like Three Movers Austin show up, you won’t need to worry about pleasing the new homeowners, just wipe up the tiles with a mop, and you’re good!

Explore the most popular types of Spanish tiles—glazed tile patterns for flooring, including 12×12 and 16×16 Squares, the Riviera Pattern, the Arabesque, the Hexagon, and the Rectangles that make a Herringbone pattern.

glazed terracotta tile in star cross pattern

2. Glazed Ceramic Tiles for Fireplaces

Using tiles in the fireplace’s surrounding area is a great addition to your home’s decor. In fact, fireplaces often serve as an attractive focal point and a modern way to show off your living room or bedroom. However, you will need to have it installed correctly and use the right type of heat-resistant adhesive so the tile remains in place while you get toasty and warm.

Additionally, use heat-resistant tiles. Decorative Cement tiles offer a muted, colorful facade compared with the vibrant colors of glazed ceramic tiles. Or consider natural tiles made out of Cantera stone, which also resists heat. Lastly, ceramic tiles are another option, but choosing one that is heat-resistant is paramount to avoid wear and tear and for longevity.

We do not recommend using glazed tiles in the actual firebox. A popular choice for fireplace design is glazed beige tiles. Adding these to an existing fireplace is an ideal DIY project.

3. Bathrooms with Glossy Tiles for Showers and Backsplashes

While it may have been common to find carpet in bathrooms in the 1970s, those days are long gone. (Thankfully! We’ve seen enough mildewy carpet to last a lifetime!) With glossy ceramic tiles inside the bathroom, you can create an extraordinary look throughout your shower, sink area, and even the floors.

Having tiles near the bathroom makes cleaning much easier. You will avoid getting the wall wet, preventing mold buildup over time. Using accent tiles can give you a unique look, and you can adjust where you place the accent depending on what you enjoy the most.

Can you use glazed tiles in a shower? Yes, the ceramic glazed coating creates a nonporous surface that results in a hygienic space, preventing mold and mildew growth. It is important to use waterproof grout or seal any porous grout that’s installed in showers or other wet areas like counters and kitchen or bathroom backsplashes.

According to a recent study, using glazed tiles as a bathroom backsplash or countertop can increase the overall aesthetic appeal of the space by up to 40%. These glossy tiles add personality to the bathroom and provide a durable and easy-to-clean surface. The glossy finish of glazed tiles reflects light, making the space appear brighter and more spacious.

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Yep, you probably don’t often consider using tile as what’s really a backsplash for a bed! It’s a cool concept.

Just imagine a backsplash made out of tile behind your bed as a creative way to use any kind of tile. Instead of having an ugly upholstered headboard that collects dust, instantly transform the look of your bedroom with a unique blend of colorful tile shapes and sizes to get a completely personalized look.

Before purchasing glossy tiles, it’s a good idea to measure the area you want to place and fully design the artwork before going ahead with the project. You don’t want to end up with more glazed ceramic tiles (or fewer) than you need. Planning your project properly (and thoroughly) will make the process much easier. Our expert floor’ists are happy to talk about your project to help with the design while matching your budget.

5. Glazed Ceramic Tiles for a Kitchen Backsplash

Using glazed ceramic tiles as a kitchen backsplash is a practical and stylish choice. According to recent data, ceramic tiles remain a popular option, with over 60% of homeowners choosing them for their durability and aesthetic appeal. The wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes available in glazed ceramic tiles allows for endless design possibilities, even as kitchen floors.

Consider using subway tiles in a herringbone pattern for a sleek and modern look. If you prefer a more eclectic vibe, mix and match different colored tiles to create a vibrant mosaic effect. Incorporating decorative accent tiles can also add a unique style to your kitchen backsplash. With their easy maintenance and durability, glazed ceramic tiles in a variety of colors and patterns are the perfect choice as a kitchen backsplash focal point.

Wrapping Up

Colorful glossy tiles in your home are a great way to add style and a personal touch that you otherwise may not have had. With many different options, including whitewashed and stained tiles, you can choose from a plethora of projects to make your home truly unique!

It’s always best to consult with tile experts, especially when researching the authenticity of handmade Mexican tiles. If you need any help with your tiling needs, don’t hesitate to contact us at Rustico Tile. We can also help you pick out the right type of tile for your project.

zellige like terracotta tile
  • Subway tiles as a kitchen backsplash and wall tiles in 2×8 inches installed horizontally to the ceiling.
  • Terracotta flooring in Mangane Saltillo tiles in the Star Cross pattern.
  • Installation materials used include a 2-in-1 membrane to waterproof the concrete slab and prevent cracks, regular mortar mix for grout, and Terranano topcoat sealer in the extra low-gloss sheen.
  • Gray wooden cabinets with uppers having glass doors and brushed nickel hardware throughout.
  • AI-generated photo for inspiration. (Try our Room Visualizer Tool)
kitchen with concrete floor and glazed terracotta tiles
  • 4×8 glazed terracotta tiles installed vertically from backsplash to ceiling.
  • Espanola pattern in handmade Cement tile as kitchen flooring.
  • Modern-style white kitchen cabinets.
  • Rustic style bar stools and wooden island with quartz countertop.
  • Chrome hardware and appliances for a modern embellishment.
  • AI-generated photo for inspiration. (Try our Room Visualizer Tool)

spanish mission red saltillo tile for bathroom floor
  • Glazed blue shower tiles, wall tiles, and bathtub tiles.
  • Handmade cement tiles with a circular design for bathroom backsplash
  • The flooring is Spanish Mission Red Saltillo tile in the San Felipe Arabesque pattern.
  • Baseboards are 4×12 bullnose Saltillo tile in Spanish Mission Red color.
  • Black cabinetry and hardware bring an industrial feel to the modern rustic bathroom design.
  • The bathroom is located in the Wigwam Resort in Arizona.

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Glazed ceramic tile is indeed water-resistant due to its protective layer of glaze that adds an extra level of durability and resistance to water and moisture. This makes it a popular choice for areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor spaces where exposure to water is common. The glaze helps prevent water from seeping into the tile and makes it easier to clean and maintain. While glazed ceramic tile is water-resistant, it’s still important to properly seal the grout lines to ensure complete protection against water damage over time.

When it comes to choosing between glazed and unglazed tiles, there are a few factors to consider. Glazed tiles have a protective layer that makes them more resistant to stains and water damage, making them a great choice for areas like bathrooms and kitchens. They also come in a wide range of colors and finishes, adding a specific style to any space. On the other hand, unglazed tiles are more slip-resistant, making them ideal for outdoor areas or places where moisture is a concern. They have a natural, earthy look that can add warmth and texture to a room. Ultimately, the best option depends on your specific needs and decor preferences.

Glazed tile can be a suitable option for a shower due to its water-resistant properties and ease of maintenance. The glazing process creates a protective layer on the tile’s surface, making it less porous and more resistant to water absorption. This helps prevent moisture from seeping into the tile and causing damage over time. Additionally, glazed tiles are relatively easy to clean, which is beneficial in a high-moisture environment like a shower. However, it is important to ensure that the glazed tiles chosen are slip-resistant to provide a safe showering experience.

Glazed tiles are suitable for high-traffic areas because they are durable and stain-resistant. The glazed surface adds an extra layer of protection, making it easy to clean and maintain. Consider using glazed tiles in hallways, kitchens, or bathrooms for both functionality and decorative design appeal.

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