The Revival of Spanish Tiles in Restaurants

Origins

Back in the 17th century, ceramics were predominantly crafted in the coastal eastern and southern of Spain. With well-defined designs and colors adopted from its historical origins, Spanish tiles reflect some of the few elements that are easily associated with its culture and recognized as one of the best tiles for tapas bars or restaurants.


Colour Palette

With Spanish tiles gaining prominence globally, the Spanish or Mediterranean interior design features a series of colour palettes inspired by its coastline, mainly focusing on white, brown, green and, blue. Metal accents of copper play a vital role in shaping the completeness of the Spanish design by blending the warmth from the red and orange shades into stone designed ceramics or porcelain tiles.

 

Getting the Spanish Themed Restaurants Interior

Traditionally, Spanish-styled restaurants utilize heavy texture materials made with stucco or plaster and pairing them with wainscoting on the walls. Furnishings are usually mission-styled, dark and, weathered wood that comes in the choices of walnut, pine or timber colours while the floor is generally set with hard flooring and covered with weaved rugs.

 

The Accents of Décor

To fully bring out the best of the Spanish style, décor is the main accent. To preserve the focal points of the concept, every corner of the space will be accessorized with elements relatable to the origins of Spain. The backsplash of the bar counter or the kitchen can be applied with glazed tiles or terracotta pottery while the doors and cabinets are furnished with heavy iron handles. Ceilings are decorated with wrought iron chandeliers. .

 

Revolution of the Design

As time goes by, the traditional Spanish design has evolved to a more modern concept. There are variations of brighter coloured floor and wall tiles in matt surfaces and earthy tones. Porcelain tiles were also introduced in various kinds of printed surfaces like cement and marble. To neutralize the modern facelift, furnishings like leathered sofas with straight backs and heavy wooden benches help retain the traditional look.

 

Bringing it Back Home

With these insights, infusing the Spanish style design into any commercial or living spaces is possible, especially with Zirconio’s very own Spanish-designed tiles.

 

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Achieving Biophilic Design in Your Living or Working Space with Tiles

Biophilic design is a concept that connects humans to nature within the space that we live and work in. When applied, it helps bring numerous benefits to health and well-being, increases creativity and cognitive ability.

The biophilic design is one that brings the characteristics of the natural world into a living space. Water, greenery, natural light, or elements like wood or stone are some of the characteristics and these can be in the form of direct or indirect experiences.

In commercial spaces, companies such as Apple and Google or closer to home – AirAsia, Digi, and many of the start-ups invest heavily in biophilic design elements to improve the conditions of the workplace and improve workers’ concentration and engagement during work hours.

Adding in natural elements into the design of home or offices either directly or indirectly, are easy to achieve. However, it is the combination of these elements to the base of the space that needs some aesthetic skills. Here are some combination ideas of bringing biophilic design into your home or office.


The Dynamics of Light

Natural elements such as direct sunlight or the natural patterns, movements, and shadows caused by light can be applied through reflective materials. Large windows allowing sunlight into the room and  bright-coloured tile on walls or floors with the objective of reflecting light are some ideas.

 

Visual Connection To Nature

This can be an art piece on the wall, a scenic outdoor through windows, or stone or wood-designed tiles applied on the floor or wall. Combined with green as pop-colour furniture or décor accessories, it creates the feeling of nature in the space through vision.

 

Non-Visual Connection To Nature

In addition to sight, our other five remaining senses can experience nature through textures and designs that link back to nature. These are applied through naturally occurring materials, like wood, or a design that mirrors something we find in nature, like hexagon tiles that resemble a beehive.

 

Presence of Water

Water is a physiological stimulant that enhances your engagement in a space when you can see, hear or touch it. In big commercial buildings like airports and shopping malls, this feature is normally a water fountain while in residential units, it can be a small water feature. The complexity of this element is the safety concerns and the maintenance hence tiling the surrounding area is a good option. Using matt, structured or non-slip tile for flooring is highly recommended.

 

Connection To Nature

Bringing nature into your space through rooftop gardens, indoor gardens, or patios with lots of green are basics in biophilic design buildings. Using outdoor tiles that match the concept like wood or structured-surfaced tiles that resembles the natural terrain are good combinations that enhance the feeling of natural elements. Wood-designed tiles that mimic real wood in look and feel are better options for outdoors as they are more susceptible to moisture.

 

The biophilic design elements, beyond the benefits of reducing stress, enhancing creativity, boosting productivity, and creating better well-being is a trend in interior design advocating a humanistic approach. It celebrates how we live and work with nature, something that is in need in our increasingly urbanized cities.

 

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The Magic of Water Feature Area for Outdoors

A water feature can be as simple as a wall fountain or an elaborate courtyard tiered fountain, a pond, or a pool. It has become popular additions as an outdoor feature in homes while in commercial buildings like airports, hotels and, shopping malls they serve as a tranquil retreat for their patrons. Besides being a good feng shui feature, it is an important focal point especially in landscaped gardens and if created tastefully, can enhance the value of a property.

In this article, our mosaic tile experts tell you how to get your magical water area in 3 easy steps using Muzze-Da mosaic tiles.


 

Step 1 – Colours

Mosaic tiles come in various colours. If your water feature area contains a water fountain, consider using tiles in subtle colours to make the fountain the main focal point. Soft brown and shades of grey are ideal for these spaces as they tend to reflect more light which in turn produces highlights on the water fountains.

For a dramatic look at the entire space, consider using darker colours as these colours tend to stand out from the rest of the surrounding area. Think about a mix and match option with multiple colours in the same space. A mix of lively mosaics set against neutral-coloured ones produces an elegant, detailed design.

 

 

Step 2 – Patterns

Different geometric shapes of mosaic tiles give the wall or floor of the water feature area a unique and fresh look. A mixture of different texture, shapes and colours to create beautiful patterns that will help to produce an exclusive and spectacular water feature area. If your water feature area is large, be creative and use it as a drawing board to create artistic patterns.

 

Step 3 – Material

Selecting the right mosaic tile material can make a difference for your water feature area. Glass, ceramic and stone-like mosaic tile designs are impressive and bright while contemporary glass mosaic tile brings shine into your space. Light bounces off these glass-like tiles easily thus are good for outdoor water feature areas that face the sun. For a luxurious look, mosaics in matt surface will do the trick.

 

 

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Retaining the conventional look of asymmetrical designs and imaginations, Pedregal by Niro Granite, a contemporary stoneware of tiles crafted from the inspiration of the prestigious Italian stone in Ceppo di Gré, adopts ubiquitous and elegant characteristics that paradoxically draws attention with its grey hues from natural stone.

 

 

With the inclusion of a modern breakthrough – the Slip-Stop surface, this collection weaved in a sense of exclusivity into wet prone areas such as the bathroom or outdoors, in both commercial and residential design. Expressing safety as a key to the spaces, Pedregal tiles convey a conglomerate
appearance in new age creation.

 

Breccia

GPD01

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

Breccia

GPD01

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

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Ceppo

GPD02

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

Ceppo

GPD02

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

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Iseo

GPD03

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

Iseo

GPD03

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

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Palladi

GPD04

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

Palladi

GPD04

60x120cm .60x60cm

slip-stop

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“Vogue” evokes the perception of high fashion with style;
“Grande'” suggests the superiority of size and it’s magnificence.

 

Vogue Grande Collection is haute couture, dominating interior design and architecture landscape with elegance and style, making a bold statement. It is the complete language for a new way to live and feel, one powered by individualism and the courage to embrace the uniqueness!

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The inspiration of the tiles in this collection characterize between marble designs and Mother Nature, an exceptional boldness that instantly elevates the tone of any room to a luxurious architecture, cutting it for the generation that has fallen in love with self-expression.

 

Vogue Grande Collection makes a coherent reference of elegance and timelessness thus creating a bespoke look for every space, defining uniqueness and the philosophy of life.

 

LAVISH WHITE

GNB35

90x180cm

polished

LAVISH WHITE

Inspired by Calacatta Macchia Vecchia – a luxurious marble variety most prized for its golden veining against a crisp white background – the tile offering articulates a kind of strength and permanence that are both timeless and versatile.

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LAURENT BLACK

GNB36

90x180cm

polished

LAURENT BLACK

The inspiration of the design (and its French name) has originated from the natural motif of Saint Laurent Brown marble, which distinctively informs the tile’s dark colour gradation marked with white and coral threadlike veins. The trending shades thus boast notes of warmth and intimacy, delivering the right amount of comfort and theatrical effect in any space.

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POLAR WHITE

GVG01

90x180cm

polished

POLAR WHITE

White marble originating from India with grey veins in its design. The design showcases the soft modern approach in interior design, emphasizing on comfort and familiarity while giving off an impression of a large space that embodies classiness.

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OLYMPIA GREY

GVG02

90x180cm

polished

OLYMPIA GREY

Inspired from Abba Grey Marble which embracing the nature’s therapeutic influence through this cool tone, a wispy shade whirling in like vitalizing breeze emulsify any contemporary spaces with sense of depth.

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TUSCANY WHITE

GVG03

120x240cm

polished

TUSCANY WHITE

Inspired from the iconic and versatile Statuario marble from Italy. The touch of grey and white does accent to almost any colour with big veining bringing movement to design, amplifying and re-fining ambiance of a space which embellish residential or commercial design with an exquisite focal point.

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TUSCANY GREY

GVG04

120x240cm

polished

TUSCANY GREY

Inspired from Italian grey marble from Province of Lucca, Tuscany Region. The masculinity palette with swirls of veins from this timeless piece dilate the sleek and seamless expression in any interior architecture from floor, wall to counter top

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CARRARA WHITE

GVG05

120x120cm

polished

CARRARA WHITE

Enduring and stately derives Carrara White taking cues from natural marble feature prominent décor of interior design blending seamlessly into the setting of home or commercial space whilst giving a subtle nod to the coveted trend providing a perfect space with depths of elegance.

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BREZZA GREY

GVG06

120x120cm

polished

BREZZA GREY

Inspired by grey marble in Turkey, Brezza Grey which invokes notions of luxury living and affluence. Fissure grey streaks, distil taste and discernment crafts the interior design of a space with both emotion and cultural relevance which favours contemporary design in its natural form.

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CALACATTA WHITE

GVG07

160x320cm

soft polished

CALACATTA WHITE

Inspired from the majestic Calacatta Marble – bold and elegant the veins with a touch of gold veins emulating natural marble, creating spectacular interior with different hues and colour gradations, it distinctively magnify the essence of luxury in designs attracting every gaze wherever it is installed.

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PIETRA GREY

GVG08

160x320cm

soft polished

PIETRA GREY

Inherits the Pietra Grey Marble originated from Iran, the unique cool shades with marks of veining based on the quarry and block of provenience with herculean personality refined contemporary design.

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