The Revival of Spanish Tiles in Restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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