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Tile and Spanish Colonial Revival Style

Spanish Colonial Revival Style

Spanish Colonial Revival StyleWhen colonists from Spain first arrived in the New World in the 16th century, many of the buildings they constructed combined Baroque ornamentation with utilitarian basic construction. This combination became known as Spanish Colonial style and examples can still be seen throughout North, South, and Central America. Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is a much more recent and distinctly American architectural movement. Popular in California, the American Southwest, and Florida between 1915 and 1931, Spanish Colonial Revival re-imagined Spanish Colonial design for more modern construction. Spanish Colonial Revival architecture combines details from much older Spanish Baroque, Spanish Colonial, Moorish Revival, and Mexican Churrigueresque architecture. Design elements may include stucco walls, clay tile roofs, small porches or balconies, tall windows, decorative iron trim, and terracotta or ceramic tile embellishments. In California, Pasadena City Hall, Beverly Hills City Hall, and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse are all constructed in Spanish Colonial Revival style, as are numerous private homes.

Tile and Spanish Colonial Revival

Tile can be incorporated into any room in a Spanish Colonial Revival home, and is often used extensively throughout a house. Colorful Mexican tiles act as baseboards, stair risers, and fireplace surrounds. They can also decorate wall niches and window seats and create complex patterned floors as well as kitchen countertops and backsplashes. Mexican ceramic decorative tile used in Spanish Colonial Revival homes is traditionally 2” to 5” square and often hand painted, fired, and glazed. Traditional colors are blue, yellow, green, white, and red and patterns can vary from simple geometric designs to flowers, birds, and animals. It is not uncommon to mix several tile patterns in the same house or even in the same room.

Malibu Tile

From 1926 until 1932, a company called Malibu Potteries fired and designed intricate Spanish-Moorish style tiles in Southern California. Although the original Malibu Potteries has long ago closed its doors, new companies are reproducing Malibu-style tile using original methods, materials, and colors. These hand-painted masterpieces can have up to ten distinct colors on a single tile. Malibu style decorative tile can be incorporated into a home’s design just as any Mexican tile can, and is often interwoven with deep red floor tiles to create striking entryways and courtyards. It is known for its strength, durability, and resistance to fading and is a distinctly Californian contribution to Spanish Colonial Revival style. Anyone considering incorporating Spanish Colonial Revival style tiles into his or her home should consider visiting Mission Tile West. The professionals at Mission Tile West are extremely familiar with how tiles are made and how to showcase those tiles in a way that will complement both the tiles themselves and the home into which they have been installed.