Old Spanish floor tiles on the wall of a modern kitchen. They add vibrant color and patterns without sacrificing the contemporary vibe.
Tiled stair kicks in alternating or random patterns are a lovely way to add pattern and color. They're so evocative of the Mediterranean that they make me want an olive and a glass of red.
In hot climates like southern Spain, North Africa and Mexico, area rugs don't always make sense. A tile "rug" demarcates a space as well as anything in wool.
Exuberantly patterned tile can be modern, too. These Cuban Heritage cement tiles are gorgeous in this otherwise unadorned kitchen.
Keep it traditional but add just a hint of playfulness by working in bright patterned tiles with a solid color.
A border with a simple Greek key pattern is elegant and understated but still eye catching.
Mexican Talavera-style tiles with a terra-cotta base. Rustic, bold and lovely.
These 150-year-old Spanish tiles salvaged from an old building look bright and modern in this white bathroom.
Just a single waterfall-like strip of Moroccan tile adds color and life to this neutral, modern bath.
It's not all about color. The shape of these plain white tiles (mirrored in the mirror) is Morocco all over.
Granada Tile's handmade cement tiles in Alhambra. They're old meet new with a very modern use of a very old design. I love it.
An outdoor patio of Mexican paver tiles inset with blues and patterns creates a lovely, elegant courtyard feeling and is so much prettier than plain cement.
Outdoor stairs with tiled kicks. I love unexpected pattern and color used on exteriors.
This tiled patio in the Middle East is an extension of the house and an additional room rather than a separate outdoor area. It's also boho chic as all get-out.
Granada Tile's Fez tiles create a North African oasis in Southern California. This is like a vacation in the backyard.