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4 House Hacks for Spanish Style Home Decor

Is your home is begging for the transformation of Spanish style home decor seen on the beachfront of Mexico?   If your home has the structural bones in place, the right curbside appeal, then you can believe in the potential of design transformation! Check out these four easy house hacks to create the Spanish Style Home decor of your dreams!

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12×12 Traditional Saltillo Tile Flooring

House Hack #1 – Flooring. Yes, Spanish tile is near and dear to my heart so of course, I’ll start with this topic.  Shocker, I know.  I recommend that you approach creating your Spanish style home decor from its foundation – flooring.  Mexican tile flooring offers many options for you to consider. Handmade Saltillo tile is most traditional for a Spanish style home decor.  Keep it classic with Traditional Saltillo and its range of terracotta colors.

Manganese Saltillo Riviera Pattern
Manganese Saltillo in the Riviera Pattern

Or give your Spanish tile flooring a spin with Manganese Saltillo (brown tones) or Antique Saltillo (textured, old-world look).

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Antique Saltillo tile is hand-textured and offers a perfect solution for outdoor areas that require a nonslip finish.

When you buy this type of Spanish tile terracotta flooring, buy it pre-sealed to save on cost and overall maintenance.  With a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns from which to choose, Saltillo tile is the perfect choice for creating a space laden in Spanish style home decor.

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Spanish Style Lighting

House Hack #2 – Lighting. Lighting is an easy hack to accomplish – both indoor and outdoor. Spanish style home decor typically boasts decorative iron chandeliers and bronze or copper sconces. Check out some of my favorite choices for adding the right flavor to your up and coming Spanish style home.

Illuminate your outdoor walkways with wall lights, posts, and street lanterns.  I love sconces in hallways or in spaces across from large mirrors where the light can be reflected.

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Spanish Style Home Decor – Lighting, Flooring, and Stone Features

Iron chandeliers soften typical Spanish style home decor elements such as stone fireplaces and columns. Use your lighting choices to dress up your home and solidify your Spanish style design choice.

House Hack #3 – Architectural Features. Decorative pillows and pottery are cute but let’s think bigger and bolder. One of the most visible elements in a Spanish Style home is its architectural features.  Tasteful Spanish style features create a focal point in rooms or a gathering place in homes.

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Pinon Cantera Stone Fireplace

Consider a Cantera stone fireplace that is hand-carved with decorative elements to match your style. Chunky wooden beams add inviting ambiance to grand living rooms.

Finally, consider bringing your living space to the outdoors by gathering friends and family around a Cantera stone fountain or firepit.  Who doesn’t love smores around a firepit?

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Cement Tile Risers with Manganese Saltillo Hexagon and Stair Coping Tiles

House Hack #4 – Color. I love color and the personality that it adds to a Spanish style home. Do you want to modernize a room with a monochromatic color theme? Or perhaps you’d like to spice up your kitchen with bold patterns?  Either way, your color choice will bring the entire Spanish style home decor look to completion.

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Cement Tile for Bathrooms – durable and timeless.

Here’s where we can talk pillows and pottery but again, let’s get beyond the decorative surface and explore color with tile.  Tile is artwork when done right. Cement tile is a go-to for a Spanish style home.  Encaustic-style Cement Tile comes in a plethora of designs and colors.  Its beauty is met alongside its function and durability, so this makes it a favorite choice for adding color.

Ideal areas of the home to use decorative tile include kitchen flooring and backsplashes, bathroom flooring and showers, patio flooring, and entryways. I especially like the impact that colorful cement tiles have when used as wall tile.  Wall tiles create a stunning focal point. Do something daring and add colorful tile to your Spanish style home.

Rustico Tile and Stone is the source for Mexican tile and stone.  Contact us to speak with one of our product specialists today for advice on bringing Spanish style décor elements to your home. We’re here to help, and we ship worldwide.  Make Every Space Count!

How to Choose the Best Mexican Tile Grout Color

If you’re like most DIY’ers, you’re growing weary of making any more decisions related to your construction project. You’ve spent months selecting paint colors, hardware, light fixtures, cabinet styles, and trim options. You’ve agonized over the type of tile, size of a tile, and shape of the tile. And now it’s time to select your Mexican tile grout color. The upside is that you’re in the homestretch of decision making for your project!

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Consider a grout color that will complement all of the tile in your space.

To most people, grout color is a footnote. It’s just not something that considered to be significant. Does that little line of paste between your tiles matter to the overall look of your space? Let’s evaluate a few things about Mexican tile grout color and its maintenance.

From a functional perspective, you need grout. Mexican tile grout is not just an “upsell” that you’re persuaded to buy. It serves a real purpose. Grout cements your tiles to one another at their sides. By covering the sides of the tile, it also protects your Mexican tile by preventing chips along the edges and from wearing down prematurely.

You have three options when it comes to grout color strategy. Match, Contrast, or Complement.

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Neutral colors are a safe bet when deciding on grout colors.

Choose a matching grout color if you want the overall perspective of your tile to look larger than it really is. By selecting a Mexican tile grout color that matches the color of your tile, your grout lines become less pronounced, and the tile becomes the real storyteller.

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Contrasting color of mortar mix used as grout with this Manganese Saltillo Tile.

Choose a contrasting Mexican tile grout color to shift the eye’s focus to the shape of the tile. Doing so, yields to the pattern of your floor or wall space. A grout color that contrasts the color of the tile will create a busier look for your area. This is ideal when you’ve selected a beautifully shaped tile pattern.

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Complimentary brown grout to blend into Manganese Saltillo Tile. It also contrasts with the Traditional Saltillo tile.

Choose a complementary grout color if you merely want to play it safe. Most tiles blend well with gray, beige, and neutral tones. Bland colors may not conjure up a unique aesthetic, but it will prevent you from making a costly mistake on a bolder Mexican tile grout color choice.

There you have it – the ins and outs of grout color choices. One of the most popular questions we receive is “What type of Mexican tile grout do I need for my floor?” Fortunately, it’s an easy answer as well as a low-cost solution. Regular mortar mix is our Mexican tile grout of choice. There are several brands available. Our installers stick with Quikcrete Mortar Mix which is found at most improvement stores. Once mortar mix is dry, it displays light gray color. This is most traditional for Mexican tile floors.

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Dark grout was left on the surface of this textured tile to accentuate the Antique look.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to seal your grout. Since we’re in the Mexican tile business, our process is simple. Buy our Mexican tile pre-sealed so it is ready to install upon delivery. After installation is complete and your floor is clean and dry, apply a final topcoat sealer for scratch resistance, UV protection, and other benefits. With this last coat of sealer, your grout is also sealed and protected. Our best quality Mexican tile sealer (TerraNano topcoat sealer) has a generous lifespan of 10-15 years. What’s better than a floor that you love which requires very little maintenance?

Check back often for more design and installation tips. If you’re considering Mexican tile for your next project, contact us today. We offer wholesale prices and worldwide delivery of Mexican Tile, Saltillo Tile, Cement Tile, Cantera Stone, and Talavera tiles.

Make Every Space Count!

5 Mexican Tile Designs We Love for 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a break from ordinary life during the holidays.  At Rustico Tile and Stone, we are fortunate to take a long holiday break from all things Mexican tile designs, and now we’re back at the grind… joyfully! I don’t know about you, but I can only take so much family-fun before realizing that my job is a nice reprieve from the holiday happenings and noise. And yea, I did my happy dance when my kids returned to school today.

So here I find new energy for 2018.  After much consideration, I’d like to share with you the 5 Mexican tile designs that I picked to be our showcase for 2018.

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RTS2.1 Avallon Cement Tile Pattern

#1 – RTS2.1 Avallon Cement Tile. Because you LOVE our RTS18 Philadelphia Mexican tile designs so much, I created Avallon with the same bold colors found in Philadelphia.  And let me tell you, this glorious cement tile does not disappoint.  Just look at the exquisite shades of turquoise, blue, navy, red and white.  Contrast this design in a kitchen or bathroom with white subway tiles and you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood!  This pattern has just been added to our In-Stock selection of MeaLu Collection Mexican tile designs.  I’m excited to see the spaces that it will bring to life in 2018.

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RTS9.1 Estrella Cement Tile Pattern

#2 – Similar to other cement Mexican tile designs, I know RTS9.1 Estrella will be another big hit for 2018. This is also a new addition to our MeaLu Collection of In-Stock cement tiles.  I like to think that this Estrella color scheme makes it a happy tile. Can’t you just see it add joy to the mundane tasks that happen in laundry rooms around the world? And as we embrance the warmer months ahead, how about sipping on a tall glass of sweet tea on a patio with this fresh tile pattern underfoot? It was hard to pick between all of our Mexican tile designs of cement tiles, but this blue, gold, and white Estrella is set to decorate some fabulous spaces.


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Manganese Saltillo Tile in Riviera Pattern
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Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile

#3 – It’s tried and true but never overdone… Riviera Manganese Saltillo is a fav in our office among Mexican tile designs. This pattern carries all of the benefits of handmade Saltillo tile. It’s durable, affordable, and easy to install.  But it’s uniquely different to ordinary Traditional Saltillo tile that you can find in the world.  The brown and neutral colors of our Manganese finish add a layer of sophistication that stands to enhance many styles of homes, both traditional and modern. The Riviera pattern is made up of our San Felipe and Fleur de Lis tiles.  WOW your friends with a Riviera Manganese Saltillo floor! It’s been a tremendous hit among our Mexican tile designs for years and it’s not slowing down for 2018.

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12×12 Antique Saltillo Tile

#4 – A 12×12 Square Saltillo tile is a classic choice for our Mexican tile designs selections. But I’m adding some spice to this standard tile. The Antique Finish. Did you know that we created our Antique finish several years ago to accomplish 2 things?

1) To provide a handmade Mexican Saltillo tile that has a non-slip surface.
2) To create the look of reclaimed terracotta at a fraction of the price.

The Antique Saltillo tile finish has been a favorite choice ever since it’s creation. I picked this 12” square for the simple reason that it’s our best value tile among the Antique finish category.  I’m also confident that as winter weather fades away, you will see the benefits and beauty of adding this floor tile to your outdoor patio, balcony, or around a pool.  It’s among the most perfect of Mexican tile designs for outdoor spaces.

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Tobacco Brown Cantera Columns in Cigar Style
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Pinon Cantera Stone Columns with 12×12 Antique Saltillo Tile

#5 – I’m cheating on this selection a bit. It’s not technically a tile, but it comes from our tile family. Cantera Stone columns are a growing trend; yet, they have been a timeless architectural element to Hacienda and Mediterranean style homes. I couldn’t narrow this pick for 2018 to just one type of column, so I’m lumping in the whole category. (It’s my blog and I can do what I want.  Just deal.) There are many different colors of Cantera Stone. The artisans in Mexico hand-carve every piece of Cantera that we offer – columns, fireplaces, hoods, tile, and more.  So if you’re remodeling columns or drawing up new architectural plans, toss around the idea of Cantera stone columns for a value-added and beautiful element that will set your home apart from the rest.

It’s fun to think about a new year with hope and optimism. As you’re considering remodeling, new construction, or other DIY projects for 2018, I hope you’ll flirt with our full range of Mexican tile designs online. If you’re unsure what is best for your space, give us a call at (512) 260-9111 or send an email! We’re here to educate and consult with you about whether our products are right for your home.  Combine that with extremely low prices and worldwide shipping for an enjoyable Rustico experience.

And from our families to yours, we pray you will be bountifully blessed in 2018. 

Make Every Space Count!

Why Should You Buy Sealed Saltillo Tile Instead of Unsealed Saltillo?

This is one of my favorite questions to answer. Truly. I know what you need to know about why buying Sealed Saltillo Tile is better than buying Unsealed Saltillo Tile. Let’s find out what’s best for your project.

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Unsealed Square Saltillo Tile – Notice the pastel shades of color

Here’s a little backstory. At Rustico Tile and Stone, we used to actively promote unsealed Saltillo tile. Why? We wanted to maintain a strategic competitive edge in pricing for this handmade Mexican tile. Unsealed Saltillo tile is a bit less expensive than Sealed Saltillo tile. So we wanted our lowest price ‘out there.’

We sold a lot of it. A whole lot. And then the headaches, complaints, and maintenance issues flooded our phone lines and email.s. Our customers had terrible experiences trying to deal with unsealed tile.

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Sealed Saltillo Tile in the Octagon Shape – Notice the rich color tone

So we took notes and made some changes. Now we lead the market in low cost and quality for Sealed Saltillo tiles. We changed the way Saltillo tile was sold and installed for many decades.

Here is the problem with buying and installing unsealed Saltillo tile. It’s a pain! It’s difficult to install – actually; it’s impossible to install unsealed tile successfully without staining it with thinset, grout, or dirt. Also, it’s expensive to install. A tile installer will often charge a considerable amount of money to handle unsealed Saltillo due to the complexity of keeping it clean and applying the sealer.

Setting Sealed Saltillo Tile without Spacers

Picture this. Let’s say you need to buy and install 1000 square feet of unsealed Saltillo tile. After purchasing it, you will have 3 pallets of tile arrive at your home. IF (big IF!) your installer knows what he or she is doing, the installer will begin to lay out 1000 square feet of the tile so it can be sealed. And we’re not talking about a quick stroke with a paint brush. Saltillo clay is porous. It takes multiple coats of penetrating sealer to soak into and fortify the clay adequately. There is dry time between coats. The chances are that your installer can only handle doing 50-100 square feet at a time. Weather conditions must be just right since this is best done outdoors. And after the floor is completely installed, there’s still a topcoat sealer to apply. OH AND….! The COST of even cheap, poor quality sealers adds up in this process. Did I mention that you must pay your installer to take care of this special process? Should I keep going?

Unless you plan on staining Saltillo tile to a particular color, I never recommend that people buy unsealed Saltillo tile. Sadly, after you’ve spent all the extra time and money to have your tile sealed, there is still a wide margin for human error.

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Sealed Saltillo is ready to install upon arrival to the jobsite

Let’s shift our focus to something more positive. When you buy sealed Saltillo tile at Rustico Tile and Stone, you get to rest easy. At our factory in Mexico, we apply five coats of penetrating sealer which soaks into the clay. This brings out rich tones of color and strengthens the tile. When your installer unpacks it from the pallet, he or she installs the tile as-is. Yes… unpack and install it at no extra cost, time, or possible sealer application mistakes.

The best part? On average, our sealed Saltillo tile is only about $0.20 more per square foot compared to unsealed Saltillo tile. For the very reason that it’s a great value and a fully sealed tile, we are THE leading supplier for handmade Saltillo tile in the world.

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Sealed Manganese Saltillo Tile with TerraNano Gloss Topcoat Sealer

Need more proof? Just do the math. On 1000 square feet, you’ll pay $200 more for our sealed tile vs unsealed tile. Even if you buy cheap quality sealer at $40/gallon for your unsealed tile, you’ll need a minimum of 10 gallons of sealer to put only 2 or 3 coats into the clay. Then you have to pay labor or spend the DAYS involved in sealing up 1000 square feet of tile. Was it worth saving $200 at the onset?

If you’re still unsure, order some samples. Compare sealed vs unsealed Saltillo. If you like the look of the Mexican Saltillo tile photos on our website, I’m confident you’ll believe what I’m saying when you see the samples. We are the experts who want you to Make Every Space Count.