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Using Veranda Tile to Create a Mexican-Inspired Design

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 20, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Veranda in Suade on the floor with Ion Metal and natural stone on the backsplash

Mexican-style kitchens are warm, welcoming, and high-spirited, adding a colorful, lively ambiance to any home. Earthy Veranda tile, distressed wood, ceiling beams, textured walls, and iron or bronze metal are the hallmark elements of the Mexican style. Giving your kitchen a minor face-lift by adding new tile and decor can give your home a whole new look and personality. This style can be adapted for homes that have a Southwestern, Old-World, or Mediterranean overall design as well. Here are some tips to help you design a Mexican-style kitchen while adding visual warmth and vitality.

Start with the Cabinetry

South-of-the-border kitchen design often feels very warm and rustic. One of the best ways to add a rustic design element to your kitchen is through the cabinetry. Whether it's brand new or you just refaced what you already had, cabinetry in a Mexican-inspired kitchen should feature a causal door design—a simple square framed door is best—and either a spicy wood finish, such as a shade of cinnamon, honey, ginger, or even black, red, green, or blue. Going with distressed cabinetry will also add to the rustic design.

Incorporate Veranda Tile

Tile is the quintessential element of any Mexican-style design, and no option is more perfect than Veranda tile. The Veranda collection includes a variety of beautiful colors reminiscent of terra-cotta, including Sand, Rust, Suede, and Gold. Its rich, earthy color palette looks perfect when used alongside distressed wood and painted walls. Try to use Veranda tiles on the backsplash, and then add a matching or coordinating tile or granite countertop that has a smooth, glossy finish.

Mix in Other Accent Tiles

After you add Veranda tile to your design, try to mix it with other tile for an interesting look. For instance, Mascarello Gold granite works beautifully with the rich autumn hues of Veranda tile. The shades of brown and orange that are found in Veranda tiles blend beautifully with golden or basic black tile accents. For instance, try adding a border to your backsplash to really make it pop.

You may also want to do some research on ancient Mexican and Aztec artwork. This could inspire you to create a fantastic tile mural, or to add another decorative touch to your kitchen design. Custom-made murals are available and can really give your kitchen a one-of-a-kind look. Finish your new kitchen with Veranda or wood-look floor tile. For instance, Season Wood porcelain tile offers a distressed look that's perfect for a Mexican-inspired design.

After you've made Veranda tile the star of your Mexican-inspired kitchen, finish off the look with an iron rack for pots and pans, and open shelves for authentic pottery, dishware, and spices. Make sure to use these tips and ideas to bring your Mexican-style kitchen design to life. Before you know it, you, your family, and your friends will be enjoying the look and feel of a warm, inviting Mexican kitchen without setting foot across the border.


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