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5 Rustico Tiles that Make a Statement

Are you tired of boring floors?  Did you know that a designer’s secret weapon is blending architectural elements with a homeowner’s style?  Check out some of our favorite budget-friendly, hand-crafted tiles!  This is where form meets function!

spanish style decor

Talavera Painted Tiles

1.  Talavera Painted Tile.  It’s impossible to narrow it to just one painted design!  Go big and bright or subdued and sophisticated.  Talavera is a painted tile that originates in Mexico.  Beautiful designs can add punch to a variety of home styles including: Mediterranean, Hacienda, Victorian, Tuscan and even casual beach homes.  We recommend starting your talavera selection with a decorative design – then work in the solid color accents and trims.  To complete the look, coordinate complimentary elements such as Cantera stone, as seen in this photo on the kitchen counter and hood trim.

manganese saltillo tile

Manganese Hexagon Saltillo

2.  Manganese Hexagon Saltillo Tile.  We sure do love this beauty!  Manganese Saltillo, in general, is super versatile.  While Saltillo is a rustic-style tile, the combination of light and dark contrasts beautifully develops into a modern-vintage look.  Manganese Saltillo produces a floor of varying shades of brown and terra cotta colors.  Paired with light walls and cabinets, you can see how this kitchen takes on a somewhat modern look.  The hexagon shape is a good value because it’s a 1-tile pattern – yet adds a decorative statement to the floor with its symmetrical shape.


Roseton Cement Tile

Roseton Cement Tile

3.  Roseton Cement Tile.  If you’re in the market for Cement Tile, you’ve seen the Roseton design on many websites.  Here’s the reason why – It’s a great design!  Roseton Cement tile comes in a variety of color schemes but we love the Black, White and Gray schematic.  It’s an old-world style design that brings a contemporary kick in this color scheme.  Similar to the use of Manganese Saltillo (above), mix up the decor with light and dark contrasts to bring a modern style to the room.  Or go linear with the pattern on stair risers.  Roseton Cement tile also makes an artistic wall mural.  Whatever your purpose, consider this decorative tile.


Riviera Saltillo Tile

4.  Riviera Pattern Traditional Saltillo.  What’s not to love?  The Riviera Pattern is our best seller for decorative shaped Saltillo tiles.  Riviera is a 2-tile pattern using the San Felipe and Fleur de Lis tiles.  Our favorite application for the Riviera pattern is in formal spaces like this dining room. The Riviera pattern invites an element of sophistication and luxury to rooms that will be filled with laughter and fun. We also like the Riviera pattern in an office, foyer, or bathroom.   While a bit more expensive than geometric shaped tiles, considering using this saltillo pattern where you want to make a statement.

12x12 Antique Saltillo Tile

12×12 Antique Saltillo Tile

5.  12×12 Antique Saltillo Tile.  Add an old-world look to your home with the 12×12 Antique Saltillo tile.  Antique Saltillo is not technically an antique, but it’s made to look like reclaimed terra cotta imported from Spain or Italy (at a fraction of the cost!).  Piece-by-piece, each hand-crafted tile is meticulously textured on its surface.  Once the sealer is added, the end result is a rich, rust colored floor with variations from tile to tile.  To create an even older look, we can dust the surface with a dark colorant followed by sealer.  Alternatively, the Antique Saltillo can be transformed by leaving residual grout behind into the grooves of the texture.  Play with it – this is a versatile tile!  We like Antique Saltillo in outdoor areas like patios or around pools.  The added texture creates some non-slip surface area while it remains smooth enough for bare feet.

Still Undecided?  That’s what we are here for.  Call us to chat with a product specialist (512) 260-9111 or email us.  We can look at your floor plan, send you inspiration photos, and help you stay within your budget.  Best of all – we can most often ship tile for less money than what you’d spend sourcing it locally.  Not convinced?  Get a quote!


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Super Saltillo vs Regular Saltillo – Which one is better?

06 Aug, 2015 by Melanie O., in Saltillo Tile, Uncategorized

This is the “million dollar question” in our office at Rustico Tile and Stone.  And it has been since we opened our doors 10 years ago.  The difference is in the edges. (Thanks for the business y’all!)

We have 2 styles of Saltillo tile – Super Saltillo and Regular Saltillo.  Most shapes and sizes of our Saltillo can be purchased in either style.  Here is how Super Saltillo and Regular Saltillo are the same:

  • Same price

    Regular Saltillo vs Super Saltillo

    Regular Saltillo vs Super Saltillo

  • Same color variations
  • Same shapes available

So, which one is better?  The answer really depends on you and your project.

1.  Super does not mean “better”.  Don’t be fooled by some folks who charge an arm and a leg for “Super” Saltillo tile over Regular Saltillo.  They are playing on your psyche and belief that Super Saltillo must be better than Regular Saltillo.  It just isn’t.  The term Super simply means that the corners and edges of the Saltillo tile are slightly rounded – similar to the tip of a finger.  Regular Saltillo tile has sharp corners and edges.  That’s it – the primary difference is the finished edge.  Easy to decide now, right?

2.  Are you getting creative with your floor? If you plan on cutting up your tiles to make decorative patterns or designs within your floor (herringbone, brick-lay, hopscotch), then choose Regular Saltillo tile.  Patterns and designs use up a lot of cuts to the tiles.  Keep all of the edges the same by using Regular Saltillo tile.  Your cuts will leave a sharp edge so everything will match nicely.

12x12 Regular Saltillo with cut corners for inserts

12×12 Regular Saltillo with cut corners for inserts

3.  Going BIG? If you like the idea of using big tiles (16×16 or larger), we like the Super Saltillo tile.  While both super and regular are slightly pillowed (totally natural for authentic Saltillo), Super Saltillo lies a bit flatter than Regular Saltillo.  Bigger tiles are pillowed more than smaller tiles.  In the manufacturing process, Super Saltillo is hand pressed into tile mold to smooth out and round the edges.  This extra pressing forces the tile to lay flatter.  By the way – “pillowed” is a real word!

4.  Going Rustic? Any type of authentic Saltillo tile is Rustic.  Let me say it again – ANY type of authentic Saltillo tile is Rustic.  There is no such thing as a perfect Saltillo tile.  However, Regular Saltillo tile is more rustic than Super Saltillo.  (Remember the hand pressing process mentioned above?  Yep, it’s back!).  Since there is less detail to the edge-smoothing process on Regular Saltillo, this tile has more natural characteristics – bumps, small chips, texture variations, etc.

5.  Not Sure? Flip a coin!

The edging differences become a moot point once the tiles are installed anyway.  Grout covers a bit of the edge so that difference between sharp and rounded is less noticeable.  It’s like a malt vs a milkshake – they’re both good!

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Spice Up Your Casa – 4 Interior Design Tips

28 Jul, 2015 by TileWholeSaler, in Interior Design, Saltillo Tile

Whether you’re renovating or building a new home, there are practical ways to create the cultural aspects of a Spanish style interior.  Luckily for Americans, we can pull from Spanish style decor to also create flair in Southwestern, Mediterranean, and Tuscan style homes.  Incorporate these design ideas to your interior design planning to spice up your casa, cabin, or cottage!

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Cantera hood, Talavera tiled wall, and Antique Saltillo Flooring

1.  Architectural Elements. From terra cotta tile flooring, hand-carved cantera corbels, to a decorative cement tile back splash, craftsmanship style is created through architectural elements.  And don’t discredit the power of wall color and finishes.  Venetian plaster on walls will tie together these elements to create a cozy and welcoming space.

2.  Talavera Tiles and Color. For Mexican-inspired interior design, opt for bright, vibrant shades of painted Talavera tiles.  Solid color tiles and decorative designs create a patterned space or a mural of artwork.  Use talavera to create a focal point out of a grand staircase with colorful stair risers.

Talavera Tile Stair Risers

Talavera Tiles for Stair Risers with Saltillo Tile Flooring

 3.  Light fixtures – the jewelry of homes. Whether its rugged iron or glitzy glass chandeliers, light fixtures are no longer just sources of light.  Add glamor to a rustic-style master bathroom by decorating with an iron chandelier embellished with glass jewels.  Bring romance a bedroom with the soft light emitting from copper wall sconces. Ooo la la!

4.  Metallic Details. A growing trend in Spanish style homes is the use of metallic accessories.  Copper sinks and tiled back splashes warm up a kitchen.  Consider mixing a stainless steel refrigerator and cabinet knobs to bring a contemporary flair to an otherwise old-world ambiance.  Don’t be afraid to mix metals.

Manganese Saltillo Flooring

Manganese Hexagon Saltillo Flooring

Use these ideas – make them your own and Spice Up Your Casa!

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5 Tips for Picking the best Saltillo Tile Size and Shape

21 Jul, 2015 by TileWholeSaler, in Uncategorized
Picking the best saltillo tile shape and size for your project space can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be!  We see dozens of floors on a daily basis.  Our saltillo floor specialists are eager and happy to advise you about your saltillo flooring choices.  We work with you to find the best fit for your project space and budget.  After all, Saltillo tile is a quality product that will last many years.  We want you to enjoy how Saltillo tile turns a house into a home!

5 Tips for Picking the best Saltillo Tile Size and Shape for Your Space

1.  Assess Your Space.  Do you have a large expanse of floor or is it chopped up into small sections?  How large or small is your space? Generally speaking, large size saltillo tiles (16×16 or larger) look better in large spaces.  Small size saltillo tiles (12×12 or smaller) look better in small spaces.  In wide open areas like living rooms, stick with large size tiles for a nice visual of a beautiful floor.  In irregular shaped or chopped up spaces like kitchens with cabinets and islands, you may like a 12×12 or 8×8 Saltillo tile in order to preserve the look of whole tiles.mexican-tile

2.  $$ Budget $$.  At Rustico Tile and Stone, our 12×12 Saltillo tile is the best value per square foot.  Your saltillo tile size selection may be determined by your budget.  Luckily, we offer a wide variety of saltillo tile shapes and sizes that fall within $0.20 – $0.60 per square foot compared to the 12×12 saltillo tile.  Talk to our flooring specialists about your budget needs vs. your desired tile shape/size.  We’re very good at finding something that will work within your budget and look lovely in your home.

3.  Minimize Waste.  It’s true – any tile project will have waste.  Our rule of thumb is to allow for 15% overage to cover waste, cuts, and borders for your floor space.  (Irregular shaped spaces will need more overage for more cuts.)  Waste should be minimal if your installer is proficient at cuts.  Small sized tiles will have less waste in cuts than larg tiles.  By keeping waste to a minimum, your budget is protected.  However, it’s important to have this conversation with your installer so that he or she will cut efficiently.  Additionally, if you select a large size saltillo tile for a small space, expect to see less “whole” tiles across the floor since many will be cut to fit the flooring area.

4.  Check out your ceiling height.  Similar to assessing your space, tall ceilings command large saltillo tiles.  We like 16×16 inch saltillo tiles in those large rooms with tall ceilings.  Go big or go home!

hexagon manganese saltillo5.  Make a Saltillo Flooring Statement.  Do you want your floor to make a statement or simply be a floor that blends into the ambiance of a home?  Statement floors are made out of decorative shaped saltillo tiles.  Rustico Tile and Stone has some beautiful saltillo tile shapes that are budget-friendly, minimal on waste, and easy to install.  For an arabesque sophisticated look, check out the San Felipe saltillo tile.  To keep your budget happy and play up a floor with some decor, consider a Hexagon or Octagon pattern.  Another popular option that uses a simple tile to create a statement is the 6×12 rectangular saltillo tile.  This beauty creates a stunning brick-lay or herringbone saltillo tile floor.  Check out other Saltillo Tile Patterns to consider.

Still unsure about what to pick for your floor?  Call us today (512-260-9111 or email info@rusticots.com).  We are here to help you, educate you, work with your budget and create a floor space that you’ll love!  We’ve spent years looking at floors, working with designers, and solving space and budget issues.  Make Every Space Count!

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New Rustico Tile Designs

17 Jul, 2015 by TileWholeSaler, in Saltillo Tile

Check out some of our new Saltillo Rustico Tile Designs!  Square, Rectangle, Hexagon, Octagon, Deco Shapes and more!mexican pavers

Need something specific for your floor?  We also create custom sizes and shapes for 500 square feet or more.  Tell us how we can help you get exactly what you want for your floor space!

Saltillo pavers are growing in popularity.  At 2″ thick, these are ideal for outdoor locations and can be installed on gravel/sand.  It’s a cost-savings to eliminate the need for slab in outdoor living spaces.  Consult with us if your climate is ideal for Saltillo pavers.

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