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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Own Spanish Terrace

Why a Spanish Terrace is still popular

color, textures, & rustic feel

In recent years, the classic Spanish tiled terrace gained tremendous mainstream popularity, and for a good reason; it combines a warm color palette with natural textures and a rustic feel. Planning and constructing a terrace, however, can be tricky, but it’s definitely not an impossible dream.

Let’s explore.

What you need to know

consider your space

When you design a Spanish terrace there are a number of considerations to take into account. The size of space you have available, the location, the surrounding area, and, of course, your budget.

If the area you’re working with is on the small side, it’s best to stick to simple aesthetics. A more spacious terrace can contain a few different features without looking overcrowded – think fountains, a fireplace, and outdoor furniture that complements the overall appearance.

outdoor hexagon spanish tile
Hexagon Sealed Traditional Saltillo

What Tiles to Use

decorative & geometric

One thing to bear in mind while creating your Spanish terrace is the type of tile you need to tie in with the decor. There are a few different styles to choose from and a multitude of ways to combine them to achieve the effect you desire. Mexican Saltillo tile is a good choice when it comes to indoor and outdoor flooring, as it is durable and affordable.

Using colorful, hand-painted tiles also adds a touch of Mediterranean flair to a terrace – or indeed any area. These more decorative Spanish tiles are also often used on staircases to add interest and richness to the stair risers. Painted Talavera tiles are a great choice if you want to bring some color to any stairs around your terrace but they can also work well on walls as an accent of sorts.

outdoor spanish tile
6×12 Spanish Mission Red b& Talavera tile accents

The Importance of Gutter Maintenance

protect with gutters

Keeping your terrace looking good doesn’t only involve sweeping every once in a while. Keeping tiles clean is essential if you want to maintain an authentic Spanish-style appearance. Even more important, however, is carrying out regular gutter maintenance.

You might not spend much time looking inside your gutters, but the minute they’re blocked you’ll definitely know all about it. According to experts at Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning, keeping your gutters clean and in good condition is paramount if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises in the long run. This includes removing excess moss, clearing downspouts, fixing leaks, and ensuring that your gutters are securely attached to your fascia boards.

outdoor patio spanish tile
12×12 Outdoor Saltillo Tile in the Antique Finish

Putting it all together

Mexican Saltillo flooring

There’s no rule stating that every Spanish-style terrace has to be the same. Giving your terrace a Spanish element can mean very different things for different people. Achieving a balance between striking patterns and warm background tones can be hard.

Decorative, intricate cement tiles can be placed on a wall or other open area to brighten up the atmosphere, while differently shaped tiles (Fleur de Lis and San Felipe tiles, for example) can give your terrace the Mediterranean feel without too much visual busyness. The effort of making your own Spanish terrace is more than worth it.

RTS16 Thames Spanish Tile Concrete Flooring
RTS16 Thames Pattern in Gold, White, and Gray

Some of our Favorite Spanish Terraces

Mexican Saltillo flooring

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