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How to Incorporate Mexican Tiles Into Your Interior Design Projects

Starting a new home design project? Searching for a design that will knock your socks off? You need Mexican tiles.

In this article, we’ll explore the types and characteristics of Mexican floor tiles, Mexican tile patterns, and offer practical guidance on integrating them seamlessly into your current décor. Prepare to be impressed.


What is Mexican Style Tile?

“Mexican tile” is a pretty broad term, so let’s break it down a little. Authentic Mexican tiles are:

  • Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Mexico
  • Made from materials like clay, stone, and cement
  • Durable and customizable
  • A design staple dating back centuries
  • Also known as traditional Spanish tiles
  • Used for floors, walls, stairs, patios, pools, and many other spaces
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At Rustico, we are proud to offer four exceptional types of authentic Mexican tile:

Saltillo Flooring

This Terracotta clay flooring is especially popular as a flooring option, but it’s used in all manner of interior designs. We offer five gorgeous finishes: Traditional, Manganese, Antique (textured), Antique Mission Red, and Spanish Mission Red.

Talavera Tile

This hand-painted Spanish tile is prized for its vibrant tones and decorative accent capabilities. You’ll often find it gracing a wall, putting the final flourish on a floor pattern, or spicing up a kitchen backsplash.

Cement Stone

Mimicking the characteristics of old-world encaustic tiles, Cement tiles have all the beauty of the original, but offer superior durability at an affordable rate. Its radiant colors are out of this world.

Cantera Stone Tile

Quarried in Mexico, this elegant stone can be carved into countless designs, from floor tiles to fountains to columns. It’s also incredibly durable and can be used indoors and outdoors with long-lasting results.

Now, let’s get to the best part – incorporating these Mexican floor tiles into your home! Here are some tips to guide you in your quest.

What Makes Us the Mexican Tile Experts?

We are the Mexican tile experts because we have years of experience working with Mexican tiles and a deep understanding of their history, craftsmanship, and unique characteristics. We can guide you in choosing the right tiles for your project and provide expert advice on installation and design options.

Find Your Mexican Tile and Stone Voice

As with any artistic medium, you’ll get exceptional results with Mexican decor when you have a clear vision for your design. So, what style do you want your updated space to embody? For example, you might be drawn to…

  • Hacienda
  • Southwestern
  • Mediterranean
  • Spanish
  • Farmhouse
  • Modern
  • Something else entirely

Close your eyes and think about your home’s existing décor. What do you love about it, and what do you want to change? Now, open your eyes and start exploring all the Mexican floor tile options waiting to light up your home.

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Lights, Colors, Patterns!

It Starts with Mexican Tile Color.

One of the best things about Mexican tiles is how “alive” they are. They have palpable energy about them, and their rainbow of colors is endlessly intriguing.

Four of our faves:

  1. Terracotta tiles starring in shades of swirling chocolate and dramatic red
  2. Cement tiles wowing in serene greens and autumn yellows
  3. Talavera tiles owning it in vibrant teal and pastel pink
  4. Cantera stone setting the stage in soft gray and creamy white

Mexican Tile Patterns Complete the Look

One of the other best things about Mexican tiles is how customizable they are. With our vast selection of tile shapes, sizes, and colors on hand, your pattern options are boundless.

Terracotta Flooring

Square, rectangle, hexagon, octagon, picket, botella – use one shape on its own or incorporate several Mexican tile flooring shapes into an eye-catching pattern like Arabesque or Riviera.

Cement Tiles

Handmade designs add a personal touch to any space. Choose from vintage patterns like Victorian or Alegria, or modern themes like Circulos or Estrella. Incorporate these designs into home decor items such as pillows, rugs, curtains, and tablecloths for a unique charm that elevates any room. Supporting local artisans who create these designs promotes small businesses and preserves traditional crafting techniques.

Talavera Tiles

The uniqueness of every hand-painted pattern is what sets Rosario, Dolores, La Flor apart from other brands. Each design is vivid and distinct, making it a perfect choice for those who want to stand out from the crowd. The intricate details and vibrant colors used in the creation of these patterns make them truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or something more subtle, Rosario, Dolores, La Flor has something for everyone.

Cantera Stone

Subdued, sophisticated – this architectural stone is an elegant companion for bolder colors and designs.

You can mix and match shapes and sizes, too! Allow us to demonstrate.

  • Big and Little: Use a large rectangle pattern in your solarium and transition to a small rectangle pattern in the breakfast nook.
  • Two Shapes: Combine large hexagons with small squares in a repeat pattern for more detail.

And it doesn’t stop there –

We haven’t even gotten to the endless combinations of show-stopping colors and patterns together! (Don’t worry, we’re about to.)

These artisan pieces truly can transform any space they adorn. Wondering how?

Try these ideas on for size.

Decor In the Master Bath

Transforming your bath into a spa day is easier than you think with the addition of Talavera decorative tiles. With a luxurious tub surrounded by deep Cobalt Blue or Verde tiles, you can create an oasis in your own home. Using a statement border with a Talavera tile pattern like San Miguel or Rosario can further enhance the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Completing the look with oversized towels and a cozy bathmat can make your bathing experience even more enjoyable. The durability and beauty of Talavera decorative tiles mean that you can enjoy this luxurious upgrade for years to come. Plus, when you order Talavera tiles, you can take advantage of free shipping, making it even more convenient to bring this stunning decor into your home.

In the Kitchen

Embrace your rustic roots with an earth-toned, rectangle pattern Terracotta floor. Pull focus upward with a stunning Talavera tile backsplash in the Mexican tile pattern of your choice. Add a Cantera stove hood to complete the warm ambiance – and don’t forget a colorful tea kettle and oven mitts for the cherry on top. With their warm hues, unique patterns, and unparalleled durability, these clay tiles, rooted in Mexican craftsmanship, are an excellent investment for those shopping for rustic style and functionality. So, experience the magic of Saltillo floor tile and transform your space into a captivating masterpiece.

On the Enclosed Porch and Patio

Antique Terracotta pavers with bright Talavera accents is the perfect outside-but-not-outside flooring. Add wicker chairs and a couple of small end tables for brunches and cocktails. Top off the look with throw pillows and pink geraniums in terracotta pots. It’s like you’re on a sun-drenched Italian patio, even though you haven’t left the house. An installer can leave grout on the tile’s surface to produce darker colors reminiscent of reclaimed terra cotta floors.

Mexican Floor Tile Up the Stairs

If you’re looking to add some personality to your stairs, consider incorporating a colorful Talavera or Cement tile pattern or Colorful Glazed Terracotta tile. The contrast of the vibrant colors against dark wood can create a visually striking effect. To complement the look further, hang modern art prints along the wall that feature similar hues to pull the pattern colors up the steps.

To get inspiration for your own project, take a look at pictures of Mexican tile online. You’ll find plenty of ideas and designs that can help you achieve the perfect look for your home. Whether you opt for a bold and bright pattern or something more subtle, adding a touch of color and texture to your stairs can make all the difference in elevating your space’s overall aesthetic.

Modern Contrasts

If you’re leaning into contemporary design, keep these keywords in mind:

  • Dark and light contrasts
  • Sleek Mexican tile patterns
  • Geometric tile shapes
  • Glass and metal accents
  • Abstract art and architecture

This All Sounds Great… But Will It Last?

Yes! Artisan tiles are well known for their impressive durability and serve as flooring and decor for homes and businesses worldwide. There’s a reason they’ve been used for hundreds of years in homes (and palaces!) worldwide. Our craftsmen in Mexico have been creating handmade Mexican pavers for generations. Fortunately, we have learned valuable lessons, rinsed, and repeated, repeated, repeated… for years. Simply put, we know Saltillo flooring. And we know how to help you make the best decision when purchasing Saltillo flooring for your project. Of course, like anything else in the house, they need to be correctly installed and sealed. And over time, they’ll want a little ‘touch-up’ TLC (who among us doesn’t?). With these simple steps, your Mexican tiles will last many years in both residential and commercial spaces.

Are you ready to transform your home decor with the vibrant and bold designs of Mexican tiles? Look no further! Our YouTube channel offers a variety of helpful videos to guide you through the process of incorporating these stunning tiles into your home. Whether you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, add a pop of color to your bedroom, create a warm, rustic primary bathroom, or spice up your staircase, Mexican tiles are the perfect solution. Don’t hesitate to check out our channel and start your home renovation journey today!

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