Gone are the days when a plain 12×12 square terra cotta tile is your only Saltillo flooring option. Notable interior designers and architects adorn homes around the world with decorative shapes and sizes available in terra cotta tile flooring. If you want to impress your friends and neighbors with cultivated style, avoid plain square terra cotta tile. Instead, check out these budget-friendly options to make a statement with your flooring.
Did you know that terra cotta tiles have natural ranges of colors? And it doesn’t stop there. These varieties of colors also have their own distinct ranges of colors. Let me break it down for you.
Since terra cotta tile is a creation of natural clay, there will always be color variances from one tile to the next. But now, square terra cotta tiles and decorative shapes are available in 3 defined finishes – Traditional Saltillo, Manganese Saltillo, and Antique Saltillo.
Traditional Saltillo (home to the famous 12×12 square terra cotta tile) is made up of colors that range from red, orange, to yellow. Manganese Saltillo (my personal favorite) blends neutral tones ranging from chocolate and walnut brown to deep merlot terra cotta colors. And lastly, Antique Saltillo is a textured terra cotta tile created to have deep rust tones that are reminiscent of Italian or French reclaimed terra cotta tile. If you have an outdoor space that needs a non-slip surface, Antique Saltillo is your winner!
Once you’ve picked your saltillo tile finish, consider the shape and size of your terra cotta tile. As I mentioned before, tried and true is square terra cotta tile. Yes, it’s a great value, and it is found in homes and businesses around the world. What most people don’t realize is that you can amp things up with a more decorative option while maintaining your budget.
Most of the decorative shapes and sizes from Rustico Tile and Stone fall within $0.20 – $0.40 per square foot compared to their 12×12 square terra cotta tile price.
Check out this Hexagon in the Manganese Saltillo finish, for example. I love the hexagon shape because it allows you to install a 1-tile pattern without breaking the bank. The 12-inch Hexagon is a 6-sided tile that trends to something more modern than a square terra cotta tile. And when it’s displayed in the Manganese color finish, many interior design styles are embellished. Consider a Manganese Hexagon terra cotta tile paired with white (or light) colored subway tiles in kitchens or bathrooms. The light/dark contrast plays well together to produce an enchanting look.
Do you want a real “statement” floor? Make no mistake, the Riviera Pattern in Antique Saltillo flooring inspires a bold and timeless look. This is a 2-tile interlocking pattern that sets a foundation for complimentary Spanish style décor.
One of the most versatile shapes available is a rectangle. Rectangular shaped tiles create a variety of patterns including herringbone, brick-lay, running brick, basket weave, and more. Our 6×12 Saltillo pattern is a common alternative to those considering a 12×12 square terra cotta tile. It’s easy on the budget, too!
And a couple of other fun patterns to consider…
For some other ideas about tile patterns for your home, I like the Crossville Pattern Book. It’s a free online pdf filled with designs that parallel many shapes and sizes of terra cotta tile. (Pro Tip: if your tile is handmade and has size and thickness variations, always layout sample tiles in your chosen floor tile pattern. You need to verify that the terra cotta tiles you’ve selected will accommodate the floor tile pattern you’ve chosen.)
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