Moroccan tiles

Four years ago when we bought this house I began planning a redesign of our kitchen.  If you have been reading this blog you know where we started:


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But for most of the time I was planning the redesign I was 100% sure I wanted Moroccan cement tiles for our backsplash.  These are the ones I had chosen:

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I still LOVE these tiles, I just chickened out.  I got worried that I would get tired of them after a while as I do with almost everything, and then I would be stuck with a pretty hard to remove design element.  I always caution clients against going too bold with fixed elements so I took my own advice.  We now have marble:


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And I love it.  But I still dream of using these tiles one day.  Maybe when we live in a little Spanish style cottage when the kids are grown.  In the meantime, here are some more beautiful cement tiles from Mosaic House:

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And here are some beautiful images of Moroccan cement tiles from my Pinterest board:


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Source: via The Urban Orchard on Pinterest


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Source: via The Urban Orchard on Pinterest

What about you? Have you ever gone bold with a fixed design element before?  How did it turn out and do you still love it?

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8 Responses to Moroccan tiles

  1. Lisa October 25, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    These tiles are beautiful! If I had an unlimited bank account and could change them when I got tired of them someday I would use them!

    I love what you did with your kitchen – what a difference!

  2. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage October 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m with you Lane! I know I’d get sick of it – although I adore the look. But one day … I do dream of living in a Spanish style house with a tile roof and a courtyard with a fountain, sipping a mojito and then I will have tiles like those!

  3. Laura@Elegant Nest October 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    Oh my gosh…I am loving all the tiles you have picked to spotlight on this post! That last collection could inspire me to redo my entire house! I must find somewhere and some way to use these gorgeous Moroccan tiles.

    • Lane McNab October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks Laura. I love the aged ones too–those would go with any decor!

  4. aimee {sixteen fourteen} October 28, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    My jaw literally dropped open when I saw your kitchen photo. WOW…just WOW. I think you made the right choice on the Morrocan tile; even though it’s beautiful, I’d be concerned about resale someday.

    • Lane McNab October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks so much Aimee! I do love the kitchen the way it is and would have gotten tired of the tile but still like to imagine how I can use it one day. And you’re right about resale too I bet. Thanks again.

  5. The Vintique Object October 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Oh, I didn’t know you’re a fan of the Spanish Mediterranean house! It is hands-down my favorite style. and you are right that these tiles (gorgeous, gorgeous) would be right at home there. LOVE that second to last image. Tile and all.

  6. René November 8, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    The examples of Moroccan tiles you showed are gorgeous. I can see why you are drawn to them. I happen to think your kitchen is perfect as is. Really.

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