The choice of tiles for the design of your home is not an easy and responsible business, especially since manufacturers today offer a huge selection of tiles of any shade and structure. In order not to be mistaken and to choose exactly the tile that is ideal for you in all respects, you need to carefully listen to the opinion of experts.
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There are a great many companies engaged in the production of tiles today. But even among them there are undoubted leaders who have experience and professionalism behind them. These are the Spanish manufacturers. The tiles produced in Spain are distinguished not only by their design, but also by their high technological characteristics.
Today, there are more than 150 enterprises in this country that produce various collections of wall and floor tiles, and the demand for them is growing every day. By the way, an interesting fact: all Spanish factories and plants are located in the province of Castellon. Once small and unremarkable, today many of them have become world-famous companies.
The secret of the quality of production is based on ancient traditions, including those drawn from the masters of the Middle Ages in the Middle East. It is thanks to the skill of local professional potters that majolica, earthenware, cotto appeared in the world, which in ancient times were produced by special firing of simple clay. Today, Spanish tiles are an excellent option for interior decoration due to their high decorative qualities.
Today's products come in all sorts of sizes. The most popular are:
- for a bathroom - 30x90 cm or 20x60;
- for the hall - 25x50;
- large or square - 60x660 cm.
The special clay firing technology makes the coating resistant, wear-resistant, immune to aggressive environments and easy to use. The tile "does not burn" in case of fire and does not allow the flame to spread. Therefore, tiles are used not only in residential premises, but also in cafes, restaurants, museums and sanatoriums. According to experts, the service life is about 20 years on average.
Translated from Greek, “keramos” means “from fired clay”. In principle, all ceramic tiles are made from clay with various additives - it can be quartz sand, water or feldspar. During the firing process, water is evaporated from the mass, and the clay molecules are converted into glaze. Tiles, for example, are made only from high-quality clay (kaolin).
Many people in the street, starting to repair, are often faced with a choice between tiles and porcelain stoneware. Although the composition of the products is practically the same, the latter is stronger, since the temperature at which it is produced is an order of magnitude higher.
But it is not recommended to use it in the bathroom - it is very slippery. And also very expensive.
Spanish manufacturers offer two types of tiles: wall and floor. Wall-mounted "pleases the eye" with its external design, but the floor covering should be even more practical and thicker. There are samples with anti-slip coating.
So why do Spanish tiles have so many fans? This is primarily due to its strength and environmental friendliness, high-quality ceramic base, and also because of its beautiful appearance, affordability and ease of care. Plus - a wide range of design solutions, which allows them to successfully compete in the market.
Anyone can afford to fantasize about the design of their premises, since the choice of possibilities is great
- Majolica Is a material with a glossy (glazed) coating of a porous structure. This model is perfect for wall decoration.
- Faience tiles more airy, with a white porous base covered with colored glaze.
- Cotto - floor tiles, without glazed surface, with a porous base.
- Porcelain stoneware - more durable floor tiles made from a certain type of clay.
Refined taste, unique colors and aesthetics of presentation are some of the many characteristics of tiles from Spain.
Many people point out that Spanish flavor can be traced in the complex rich colors of the proposed material. Floral patterns in oriental style, various panels and relief textures will convince even the most biased buyer. Glazed collections can be matte and glossy.
Thinking over the ideal design of the room is no less important than making the repair itself. First of all, you need to decide on the style in which the room will be decorated.
Classic style - plain tiles or combined color shades: dark and light. To make the bathroom look more spacious, use the tried and tested method: the bottom of the walls are dark, the top is light. The border between them can be marked with a decorative border. In this case, the floor should be laid out in a single color or in a checkerboard pattern. Perfectly fits into such a bathroom and tile panels and mosaics.
A classic option can be a bathroom in white colors - minimalistic style. Such a room becomes visually spacious and spiritual. And the strict design lines combined with large mirrors will create an indescribable feeling.
To diversify the only color scheme, it is enough to decorate the room with textiles of a different color, or lay out the floor in a rich color.
Ethnostyle is gaining more and more popularity among fans of Spanish tiles. Manufacturers offer a huge number of collections with African and Oriental motives. Imitation animal skins or the so-called barbaric graphics will definitely become a feature of the bathroom.
Saturated colors in the interweaving of intricate patterns, traditional for different nationalities, create a certain mood. For instance, for the African "plot" bright yellow, orange and gold tones are suitable, you can use onyx or opal color inserts.
For a "Japanese" bath the colors of the tiles should be matched in calmer colors - beige, coral. Combinations of black and white will look perfect. Plus - a panel with sakura flowers or a pagoda. Tiles with floral patterns, decor in traditional Japanese style are also permissible here.
Your bathroom will be unique country style - use tiles "like a stone" or "wood". Solid colors are also possible: green, blue, brown. Subdued light in such a room will make your bathroom perfect.
Lavender, peach, light blue are ideal colors for the everlasting Provence style. And when combined with milky or ivory tiles, the bathroom will become a very cozy corner of your home. You can use a few inserts with a delicate pattern or floral decor.
To make the room look complete, use forged accessories.
High tech suitable for those who are not afraid to experiment. Clear lines, glossy walls, preferably plain - these are the main characteristics of this style. The colors range from gray to bright red. You should not choose large tiles in the bathroom - 50x50, this will visually reduce the square meters.
It should be noted that floor tiles also have their own characteristics. The classic of the genre is marbled tiles. Marble floors have been considered a sign of luxury since the days of ancient Rome.Ceramic tiles are no different from such natural stone, especially externally. Such a coating looks great not only in the bathroom, but also in large halls, verandas, kitchens and offices.
Marble tile - optional gray. Today, manufacturers offer customers white and brown tiles, as well as marble in blue and pink tones. Emerald-colored tiles are in trend today, and if you add blotches of light color to it, the room will become luxurious.
Today, the production technology makes it possible to produce tiles that exactly repeat the structure of natural stone, and such a coating - matte, polished or glossy, gives respectability to the room. By the way, moisture is less noticeable on light tiles, this must be taken into account when doing repairs in the bathroom.
To ensure that the floor is not very slippery in the room, choose samples with a rough surface. In fact, there are two ways to make your floor non-slip:
- choose a tile with grooves or notches applied to it - such a coating will protect you from falling;
- use a special liquid coating on the ceramic surface.
Good marbled tiles on the walls in the kitchen and bathroom. Light colors will help to brighten the room if there is not enough light in it.
Under the gray tiles, you can choose an insert made of white ceramics, and in some cases, designers recommend using wooden panels - it looks very stylish.
Of course, the highlight of the design of any room - a kitchen or a bathroom - will be a tile panel. Spanish manufacturers offer countless assortments of such decor for your space. Artistic tiles can take you to Venice, discover mountain peaks and enjoy the Garden of Eden or the view of the bay.
There are single-tile panels - such is the element with a complete plot. These can be relief photographs, images of animals or flowers. The assembled decorative panel is assembled according to the principle of puzzles and can occupy the entire surface of the wall - up to 3 m.
Freesize or free-size panels are the know-how of modern designers. Such decor is convenient for rooms of non-standard sizes, so it can start in any corner of the room, and be completed under the ceiling or in the middle of the opposite wall, the main thing is that the plot of the picture is not lost.
Scope of application
Spanish tiles look perfect as a kitchen backsplash, adding a special charm to the entire room. However, for this case, you need to choose a tiled tile with a special coating, since temperature drops and high moisture evaporation must be taken into account. And housewives often use various chemicals to clean the tiles in the kitchen, so choose ceramic packaging with a special A.
As for the design, there is no limit to your imagination. Any options are possible - from the "kitchen" theme to the landscape of the gardens of Eden. Today, ceramic coating is found not only on the walls of premises, but also in very unexpected places. For example, a staircase that creates the first impression when entering a house - the more spectacular it is, the more you want to look inside: what will happen next?
Nowadays, you can find quite ordinary tiles with an anti-slip surface, which can be purchased very inexpensively. However, for those who need to show their imagination, Spanish manufacturers can offer not a single dozen options.
Oriental motives, traced with each step, will make your staircase similar to the one that leads to the padishah's palace. The matte surface of the stair tile masks small cracks and chips.
An intra-house staircase can be a decoration for your home, especially if the tiles that decorate the steps are repeated with the facing, wall. Steps "marbled" will emphasize the luxury and richness of the interior.
Spanish majolica tiles look great on the wall, creating an unusual interior, and some buyers choose tiles with intricate triangles and multi-colored stripes for facing the fireplace. This recreates the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, mysterious and non-standard. Pastel colors of the tiles play well in kitchens, however, majolica is not recommended for use in the bathroom: the structure is porous, so it does not need moisture.
Ceramic tiles from Spain look great in the design of a small patio. A tile with a small porosity is ideal for such a design, especially in the area near the pool: it protects against fungi and mold, and is also not afraid of moisture and aggressive environment.
For such a recreation area, you can use tiles with imitation of natural stone - this is noble, but not cheap.
The visual effect of the scuffed tiles will give your patio the look of an antique courtyard where you can relax while sipping your coffee.
Tiles from Spain are deservedly included in the top three world manufacturers, confirming this with the quality of the products. Many Spanish companies practically do not need advertising: the tiles of this country are one of the most demanded.
APE Ceramica - a company that produces luxury tiles that can turn a simple room into an object of admiration.
Spanish company Porcelanosa includes eight companies worldwide that produce floor and wall coverings for any premises. Today they are leaders in the domestic and international market, their products are present in 150 countries. Ceramic tiles from Porselanosa are a symbol of grace and elegance. The company's collections will be able to adequately decorate both luxurious halls and cozy bathrooms, in various styles and all kinds of colors.
A maximum of shades, a variety of artistic solutions on the floor and walls made the factory Mainzu Ceramica recognizable all over the world. Founded in 1964, the company has a strong position in the global market. Her products are small tiles: 20x20 cm, which undoubtedly creates a unique atmosphere in any room. Popular traditional Spanish motifs reflected on the surface of the ceramics have increased the volume of production.
Company Oset is engaged in the production of paving, wall and floor tiles of any color and texture. The factory was built in the 50s of the last century, and today it continues the tradition of exquisite and high-quality tiles. Most of the collections of this company are stylized like natural materials: wood and stone. Oset tiles are eco-friendly, durable and stylish.
Ceramics from the factory Plaza deserves the highest praise - the products of the Spaniards are reliable and modern. All the most modern developments and achievements in this area are widely used in production. Huge competition in this niche has contributed to the fact that the designers and developers of the factory are true innovators with inexhaustible imagination.
Many buyers who have purchased tiles from Spanish manufacturers to decorate their home, note the excellent qualities of this material:
- wear resistance and strength;
- Spanish tiles are not afraid of temperature changes, they are easy to care for;
- the material is environmentally friendly, therefore it is used very often for interior decoration.
Gorgeous colors will win over the most passionate buyer: the color solutions of the Spanish masters cheer up, and new technologies for drawing a picture open up new possibilities for designers. For example, four-color printing makes the tile look like a piece of art.
Beautiful examples in the interior
Speaking about the decorative possibilities of Spanish tiles, it should be emphasized that even the most unusual colors will quite respectably fit into the design of a small room, be it a kitchen in a "Khrushchev" building, or a bathroom of non-standard sizes. The main thing is not to be afraid to combine and combine non-standard colors.
A striking example would be a small bathroom, where two colors are combined, visually dividing the room into zones.
The lilac color is undeservedly rarely used in decoration, and after all, a bathroom, where the flooring of this amazing color is repeated in the lower part of the walls, can make it unique.
A decorative border of plant colors separates the purple bottom from the white continuation of the walls, and already under the very ceiling it is repeated again. The main thing is to choose the right colors so that there are no flashy and incompatible tones. The bright color, in this case lilac, is slightly muted by neutral white, and the border only emphasizes the completeness of the image.
Of course, accessories and textiles will give the final image to a room decorated with Spanish tiles, but in any case, the unique products of Spanish manufacturers are the best choice.
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