Visual Inspiration from Joanna Gaines – Brown Terracotta Tiles
Our phone lines and emails are overloaded with questions about the Octagon Brown Terracotta tile. That’s because people are fascinated with Episode 14 of Fixer Upper – The Hot Sauce House and love the Octagon pattern on terracotta floors.
Joanna Gaines selected this beautiful Octagon Saltillo tile, a type of brown terracotta tile, for the homeowners’ laundry & mudroom. This look is achieved through the artistic approach of installing and staining unsealed Saltillo tile. But since installing custom stained terracotta is expensive, let’s explore a budget-friendly alternative — Manganese Saltillo tile.
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The Octagon Tile Breakdown
Do you see the muddled layers of colors and weathered appearance in the Joanna Gaines Saltillo tile floor? While I don’t have her project notes, being the industry leader in handmade Saltillo tile gives me some insight.
This photo illustrates the stained Octagon Saltillo Tile floor. The 12×12 Octagon Saltillo tiles partner with corresponding 4×4 square Saltillo tiles. Thus, this is a 1:1 tile pattern – 1 octagon tile for 1 square tile.
Saltillo tile is a handmade Mexican terracotta tile. In fact, its one of the most durable brown terracotta floor tiles available.
Further, these were initially unsealed Saltillo tiles before the stain made magic! If you’ve read my previous post about Why to Buy Presealed Saltillo Tile, you’ll know where I’m going with this.
Unsealed Saltillo tile is excellent if you want to customize your floor with a specific look. However, the process is more involved and more costly than people expect. We recommend hiring an experienced painter for any stain work. These guys and gals know how to work with colors on various substrates. Plus, they also have experience in keeping chemicals compatible.
Also, because unsealed Saltillo tile is porous, it will likely take several coats of stain & sealer to get the job done. Between the experimentation process, materials, and labor to complete this task, it is expensive and leaves a lot of margin for error.
What’s A Budget-Friendly Octagon Tile Pattern?
How can you get this same look of Joanna Gaines Saltillo tile floor without the price tag? Check out the Manganese Saltillo tile, a type of brown terracotta floor tile. We produce Manganese Saltillo tile to resemble the Hot Sauce House Octagon Saltillo tile floors.
This brown terracotta tile has warm tones of brown, gray, and brick red shades. You can see the resemblance between this Octagon Saltillo tile floor and the Joanna Gaines Saltillo Tile floor.
Not so crazy about the Octagon pattern? Check out these tips for picking the best Saltillo floor tile pattern for your project.
What’s the most significant difference between a custom-stained terracotta tile floor and a prefinished Manganese tile floor? The price tag. Custom staining a Saltillo tile floor is approximately 60% more expensive than buying a finished presealed one.
Do you want more or less color variation in your floor than the presealed tile photos illustrate? Before jumping to the staining process to solve that issue, consider your project overage.
The standard overage for waste, cuts, and borders for an octagon pattern Saltillo tile is 15%. To allow for extra color control, consider increasing your overage to 20-25% so colors can be culled through on the job site. Yes, you will have more tile that you will install, but this process is still less expensive than custom staining a Saltillo tile floor.
Photos of Brown Terracotta Tiles
We are thankful to Joanna Gaines and her team for showing the beauty and versatility of handmade Saltillo tile in the Hot Sauce House.
If you want to create a similar look, browse our Saltillo tile Shapes & Sizes. Any of our Saltillo tiles are available in the Manganese Saltillo color finish. it’s one of the most durable brown terracotta floor tiles available! This color is excellent for the trend of Modern Rustic Style Home Decor.