Mexican tile kitchen backsplash

Ideas for Using Mexican Tile in a Kitchen Backsplash

Whether you are building a new kitchen or remodeling your old kitchen, there’s nothing like the color, brilliance and beauty of authentic hand-painted Mexican tile to enhance a kitchen backsplash. A backsplash is the area right behind the sink. The area behind a counter is also referred to as the backsplash. It is an area that you see every time you use the sink or counter and often what you first see when you walk into the room. The right tile choice on the backsplash can easily brighten and add interest to the entire room. I want mine to be spectacular!

Mexican tile comes in so many gorgeous patterns and colors that it’s easy to create the kitchen backsplash that is uniquely your own. Here are some great examples I’ve found:

Mexican tile kitchen backsplash

Kitchen backsplash with Mexican tile

In the first example, a 6×6 raised relief Prima tiles were used join together into a pattern, while the second example uses a solid color tile with raised-relief decorative floral tiles interspersed to create a simple yet elegant linear design.

These next examples all use solid color tile with a decorative BORDER pattern to bring in color and excitement to the kitchen backsplash area:

Kitchen backsplash Spanish tile      Mexican tile kitchen backsplash

Mexican tile kitchen backsplash       Mexican tile kitchen backsplash

As you can see, the border tile is often off-set with solid color complementary trim tile pieces. In all of these examples some of the shades of solid color tile are also set on “diamond” orientation, while others are set in “square” orientation.

In these last examples, a colorful, beautiful array of decorative Mexican tile is used to fill the entire backsplash area:

Kitchen backsplash Mexican tile       Mexican tile kitchen backsplash

Kitchen using Mexican tile

As you can, it all looks beautiful!  It’s hard to go wrong using Mexican tile.  To find your own unique and amazing kitchen design, first decide on the colors you LOVE.  Then choose solid color tile and decorative or border tiles that are in those colors.

If you want some help, Mexican Tile Designs offers free design help for their customers.  Start your project today by calling toll free 1-866-320-1628.


Using Mexican Tiles in pools and spas

When we were building our outdoor spa pool, it seemed that all pool tile was the same…boring! In fact, it seems like most pool tile is designed to blend in and few designs use colorful trim accents around the water line and stairs. We wanted something bright, beautiful and different! Searching around the web and during a visit to Mexico, we saw some beautiful examples of pool design using Mexican tile.

Mexican tile trim in swimming pool              Mexican tile on pool step risers

Perhaps, you’re thinking, “Mexican tile wouldn’t hold up in a pool!” Well, that’s true for the original colonial red clay Talavera tiles. But modern Mexican tile comes in high-temperature fired ceramic and if your contractor insists on using porcelain, not a problem. All our Especial and Prima designs are available in porcelain as well.

There are literally hundreds of tiles in all colors and designs to choose from. Personally, I like the 100% ceramic BORDER TILES in the Especial Line that link together such as these pictured below. All of these designs also come in Porcelain.

Mexican tile border for pools   Mexican tile pool border tile   Mexican border tile for pools

or even more bright and whimsical like these examples:

Pool tile fish motif    Mexican tile for pools    Pool trim tile

or alternate solid color tiles with your choice of decorative tile as in this example:

fish tile for pools and spasblue pool tileanglefish tile for poolsblue pool tile

Another fun line of tile is the raised relief PRIMA TILE which also comes in ceramic or porcelain. Look at these examples of great Prima borders for use in pools and spas:

Santa Barbara style Mexican Prima tile    Mexican tile for pools     decorative Pool tile

But don’t take my word for it, there are hundreds to choose from at .  Use your imagination!

You can even intersperse decorative tiles into your pool decking to add color and interest.

Mexican tile outdoors

A really fun idea is to put a Mexican tile MURAL on the pool wall or floor. Give swimmers something fun to explore underwater!  Imagine this one in on the bottom of your pool:

Undersea angel fish tile mural

Finally, or maybe not finally, depending on your creative and imagination, many people use Mexican ceramic or porcelain tile on pool and patio walls such as in these great examples:

Mexican tile in pool      Mexican tile on pool wall

So don’t settle for a boring, typical and factory-looking pool! You can do it YOUR way with beautiful Mexican tile!

For design help, feel free to call us at 1-866-328-1628 or email:

How to buy finished or unfinished Saltillo floor tiles

There is absolutely nothing like Saltillo floor tile to add warmth, charm and Old World ambiance to any room. I absolutely love it—I mean look at this room, nothing else gives you that look!

Dining room with Saltillo floor pavers

But how do you choose when there seems to be such variation in selection, type and quality?

It helped me to first understand a few terms:

 CLASSIC SALTILLO PAVER: these are red clay floor tiles, typically from the Saltillo region in Mexico where the clay is found in abundance. Typically they vary in shades of rose, peach, tan–depending on the clay and humidity when they are fired.  This color variation adds to their timeless appeal. Classic Saltillo are cast in forms that are removed once dry enough. They typically have small surface irregularities that add to the charm. If you’re really lucky, you may even find one with a dog or coyote print! The tiles have a smooth face like in this photo of a pre-sealed, unfinished Classic natural Saltillo tile:


We also offer an Antigua version – which increases the number of dents and irregularities and adds an ancient, weathered look to the tile. This photo also shows a beautiful decorative border.

Antigua floor pavers and trim

SUPER SALTILLO: these are identical to the classic Saltillo but an additional step in the production rounds the face edges to give a rounded, more finished edge. Super Saltillo have a more pillowed look. These come in Smooth only.

SEALANT: A PRE-Sealer is often applied to Saltillo tiles at the factory that makes the surface water repellant. This keeps them from being saturated with water during the installation process.If Saltillo becomes saturated with water, salts present in the clay will migrate to the surface adding an additional cleaning step to the installation process. Mexican Tile Designs only sells pre-sealed Saltillo in order to protect the quality and the appearance of the tile.

Kitchen Saltillo floor pavers

FINISH: There are several types of top Finishes that can be applied to Saltillo tile that give it that warm reddish and amber glow that we all love. Mexican Tile Designs sells several quality products for this purpose. Typically, several coats of a penetrating sealer such as Stone Glamor are applied. This is followed by a final topical finish such as Mex-Seal. It is applied like liquid wax. The topical finish provides a satin gloss finish that is extremely durable. Our stairs have about 9 years of traffic on them and they still look great. If you live in one of several states (such as New York or California) which limits the type of finishes that can be used, we can offer several other alternatives.

Covered patio with Saltillo tile flooring

It is possible to buy Pre-finished tile, but I strongly recommend against buying these. While it may seem the easier and sometimes cheaper alternative, it can be a disaster. I had a friend with a beautiful Pre-Finish Saltillo floor. A contractor accidently dropped his hammer and chipped a tile. No matter what she used to try to match the finish, it just never blended in and the chip remained visible. But if she’d applied her own top finish, she could have easily sanded the chip and applied the same finish to make the spot virtually disappear and blend perfectly to the rest of the floor.

In this photo below, what looks like gloss is actually worn areas on pre-finished tiles where the finish has worn off. To match this with new finish would be nearly impossible, since the factory finish cannot be duplicated. If you had finished it yourself, you’d know exactly what to use and it probably wouldn’t have worn off in the first place.

Why not to buy Pre-finished Saltillo tiles

On my next blog I’ll talk about how to choose the right shape and size of Saltillo that’s perfect for your project.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, remember that Mexican Tile Designs will always give free friendly design help! 1-866-320-1628.

How to Design a Romantic Mexican Tile Bathtub Surround

I love a great hot soaking bath! But I hated my bathroom and tub. It lacked any charm that might make it into the romantic, relaxing retreat I desired. But I remodeled it using Mexican tile and now I love it!  Maybe you have the same problem and want to know how to give your tired bathroom a makeover. Don’t despair, you too, can create the beautiful bathroom and tub of your dreams using Mexican Tile.

Romantic Mexican Tile Tub Surround      Beautiful Mexican Tile Tub Surround

1.FIRST CHOOSE YOUR FIELD TILE: Field tile is your dominant Solid Color Mexican Tile. In the example to the left above, a Washed Green Mexican Tile was used. In the example to the right, various shades of yellow/gold were used.

When choosing your field tile think of your overall color scheme for your bathroom. What color towels or rug will you want? How will the bathroom countertop tiles and possibly a Mexican sink tie into the design?

Mexican Tile Tub Surround cobalt blue

  1. CHOOSE YOUR ACCENT DECORATIVE MEXICAN TILE: This is where the real fun comes in! Hundreds of absolutely lovely Decorative tiles await you. You can either use interlinking border tiles or scatter one pattern or several patterns of decorative tile. Perhaps you want an underwater feel with tropical fish tile, or a more romantic feel with exquisite raised-relief Prima Tiles. Or are you wild and crazy enough to use Day of the Dead tiles as in this example? It’s YOUR tub and you can design it to totally fit your personality and tastes.

Day of the Dead shower surround     Mexican tile tub surround

Or you can design a simple or elaborate BORDER again using either Decorative or Border tiles as in these amazing examples:  Border tile designs are especially made to make a linking pattern, but any decorative tile can also be used.

Tub surround with Mexican Tile border           Spanish tile tub surround

Again, think about how the decorative elements you choose might tie into the total bathroom design including the bathroom countertop and sink.  In this gorgeous example below, you can see how the countertop and sink fit perfectly with the design of the tub and shower surround.

Using Mexican tile in bathroom design      Spanish tile bathroom basin and countertop

3.ADD OTHER DECORATIVE ELEMENTS: In the beautiful example below, yellow TRIM TILE was used to finish the edges and add definition to the surfaces around the tub. Where the tile meets the wall, this designer used corniza frame trim under the window and surface bullnose around the arched section at the foot of the tub to further accent this beautiful space.

Spanish tile bathtub surround

Another way you can add unique beauty and charm to your bathtub surround is to add a TILE MURAL. Mexican Tile murals come pre-made in hundreds of designs, or you can create your own using decorative tile. It can be as small as four decorative tiles as in the photo above, or as elaborate as those in the top photo on the right.

In both of the photos below, a pre-made mural was used then trimmed with decorative border tile.  There’s a huge selection of pre-made tile murals to choose from, including great undersea tile mural motifs that work really well in bathrooms.

Spanish parrot mural in bath surround        Tropical bird tile mural in tub surround

Remember that Mexican Tile Designs always offers FREE, friendly, professional design advise. Just call us toll free at 1-866-320-1628 or email us

How to Design a Mexican Tile Shower Surround

Have you always wanted an incredibly beautiful Mexican Tile shower? One that wakes you up every morning with “Oh Wow!”

Here’s some simple tips to get you started designing the shower of your dreams:

1.  DECIDE ON YOUR BASIC COLOR SCHEME: This will determine the solid color tiles that will be your “field tile”—the majority of the tile on the shower walls. This is a good time to think how the shower will tie into the color and design of your kitchen countertop and sink.  Many Mexican Sinks are perfect compliments to decorative Mexican tile.

Many people like to split the shower into upper and lower portions with a darker color on the bottom and a lighter, brighter color on the top. Usually the dividing line is between waist and shoulder height.

Here’s an example, where the lower field tiles were placed square and the upper tiles on diamond. This second example does the same thing but with a totally different effect.  Both showers have murals created using decorative tile.

Bright bold shower with Mexican tile                  shower 4

2.  DECIDE ON A DECORATIVE MEXICAN TILE BORDER: Usually a border of decorative tile is placed at waist or shoulder height. In the green and gold example above, a row of interlinking 4”x4” Mexican Border Tile was used as the wall divider, and a narrow 2”x4”  Border Tile in the same design was also used along the top of the shower wall. Mexican tile comes in hundreds of stunning border and decorative patterns that can perfectly complement and highlight your field tile color.

Often Mexican Trim Tile is used to cap the border or to define both edges. You can choose from many styles of trim tile from narrow Pencil Trim Tile, or decorative Braid Trim Tile, or a more ornate Corniza Frame Trim Tile (as in the green/gold example above). Your trim can be any color–let your creativity go wild!

In the example below, a dark green field tile is accented with a simple floral decorative tile with no trim. The next photo is much more elaborate and uses a Blanco Mexicano (Mexican White) field tile and several sizes of decorative and solid color tile to create a mosaic effect.

Shower Surround using decorative Mexican Tile              Mexican tile shower surround

3.  ADD OTHER DECORATIVE ELEMENTS: you can further enhance your shower surround with a Mexican Tile Mural. Tile murals are very popular in showers. You can design your own using Decorative Mexican Tile such as in the top examples above, or you can buy a Mexican Tile Mural in the design of your choice, whether it’s an underwater scene, a floral bouquet, or even a collection of Day of the Dead tiles as in the photo below! You can trim your mural with Trim Tiles or with Decorative Tiles. Again, use your imagination and creativity.

Day of the Dead shower surround

Remember that Mexican Tile Designs always provides free, friendly design help for all your tile projects!

Mexican Tile Gift Ideas!

Are you searching for a totally unique gift that will be sure to please anyone on your list?  How about on of these gifts of authentic hand-painted Mexican tile?

HISTORIC MEXICAN MISSION TILES:  You can choose from a full collection of these incredible historic tiles.  Most of the missions are National Historic Landmarks and not only a unique architectural treasure, but full of the stories history of their locations.  Each of these high quality, raised-relief, ceramic tiles are 6″x6″ and are high-temperature fired for strength and durability.  One of my favorites is the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas.

Alamo Mission tile

Collect all 18 of these tiles and watch for more to come!  The tiles can be used in any tile installation, perhaps surrounding a fireplace or as a border around a counter or bar. Many people also hang them or display them a individual pieces of art.  Still others use them as trivets.  Everyone enjoys them as a very special gift.

MEXICAN DAY OF THE DEAD TILES:  Mexican Tile Designs offers an incredible collection of 36 raised-relief, ceramic Day of the Dead tile designs for your collection. There is something for everyone  Who on your gift list loves cats, or dogs, surfing, baseball or hiking?  There is a wonderful whimsical skeleton tile for each of them.  Or perhaps the person on your gift list is a newlywed, or a new mother, or a couch potato–again, we have the perfect Day of the Dead tile for each of them.  Each of these fun, collectible Mexican tiles are 6″x6″, raised-relief hand-painted in bright colors in Mexico.

couch potato         cat and fish

MEXICAN TILE COASTERS AND TRIVET SETS:  Everyone needs coasters and trivets to protect their wood tables from wet glasses or hot dishes.  There is a fun, colorful, hand-painted Mexican tile coaster and trivet set that is the perfect gift for every taste.

Girasol coaster             Coasters

MEXICAN TILE HOUSE NUMBERS: Give a gift that will bring lasting joy with a set of Mexican tile house numbers. These stunning 100% ceramic, high-temperature fired tile house numbers come in 5 beautiful raised-relief designs and are weather resistant for use in all climates.  Each of these quality tiles is hand-made and hand-painted in Mexico You can even have the numbers set into a beautiful plain or ornate wrought-iron frame.

House numbers 71         House Number Frame

Remember that Mexican Tile Designs always offers free, helpful, and friendly design help.

How to use trim tile to finish a Mexican tile kitchen or bathroom countertop

There is nothing quite so striking as a Mexican tile countertop, whether in your kitchen, bathroom or outdoor bar. The possibilities are endless: you can use only solid color Mexican tiles such as a deep cobalt blue, sprinkle in Decorative Mexican tiles, add a row of Border Mexican tile, or even incorporate a Tile Mural.

Many people know the color and design they want on their kitchen or bathroom countertop, but don’t know how to trim the edges to give a beautiful finished look.

I’ll explain several options here:

master bath

1.  Trim it with cut tile:   this is the least expensive option, but requires an experienced tile setter and may not result in the finished look you are hoping for. In this option, such as in the bathroom countertop pictured above, cobalt blue tile is cut into a 1”x 4” strips to finish the top of the backsplash. In this example, 2” x4” Quarter Round Trim Tile is used to finish the front top edge of the countertop. A 2” x 4” Flor de Liz Decorative Border Tile is then applied to the vertical edge.

2.  Trim it with Surface Bullnose Trim Tile or Bullnose Return Trim Tile:  Surface bullnose is a Mexican Trim tile that has one edge that slightly curved in order to flow over the edge of the countertop, or to create a finished edge flush to a painted wall. Bullnose Return Trim tile is very similar but with a more pronounced curve on the leading finished edge.  Both most commonly come in 2” x 4” or 4” x 4” sizes. In the Mexican bathroom countertop pictured here, the edge of the  countertop is finished with cobalt blue surface bullnose.  A piece of Double Bullnose Trim tile (a finished edge on two adjacent sides) finishes the corner of the countertop.  Below, along the vertical edge, a row of 2″x4″ cobalt blue tile is used.

Surface Bullnose 1                             Double bullnose corner

3.  Trim it with Rail Angle Trim Tile:  Rail Angle is a Mexican trim tile designed to fit over a 90 degree edge. It has a sculpted profile that provides an elegant, rounded edge to your countertop and is my personal favorite. It generally comes in 2”x 4” and 2” x 6” sizes. In this example this lovely Mexican tile countertop is trimmed with Rail Angle that matches the Terra Cotta field tile.  The corner is finished with a Rail Cap Outside Corner trim tile.

Rail angle corner

4.  Trim it with V-Cap Edge Trim Tile:  V-Cap is a type of Mexican trim tile with a straight 90-degree shape with no rounded edge. It also works great for edging countertops and provides a clean, simple line. Check out this example of a beautiful Mexican Tile Countertop and see if you can see the difference between V-Cap and Rail Angle for your Mexican Tile Countertop.

use of V Cap corner

No matter how you trim your Mexican Tile countertop, it will be sure to bring beauty into your home, not to mention plenty of compliments!  And remember that there is nothing like a hand-painted Mexican Sink to add pizzaz to your bathroom!

Mexican Tile Designs provides FREE design help to insure that your tile project turns out exactly how you dreamed it would be!  Just give us a call at 1-866-320-1628 or email us at

Choosing Mexican ceramic sinks and matching tile

Do you hate your bathroom?  Maybe it still has a goose poop green sink from the 70’s or maybe one of those bubblegum pink things from the 80’s, imagine remodeling your bathroom instead with an affordable awesome Mexican ceramic sink.  I am constantly amazed at the variety of designs available.  I used to think they were all traditional Talavera designs, but I was SO wrong.  There is really something for every taste from Country decor to Arts and Craft to modern. Check out all these fantastic new Mexican-style sink designs at, including some amazing art sinks created by the famous Mexican ceramic artist Gorky Gonzales.  I said to Andy, the go-to guy at MTD, that I wish he could offer free shipping on all these, so more people could get them. And what do you know, he agreed and now all sinks are SHIPPED FREE within the continental U.S.  How great is that?


Ceramic Vessel art sink by Gorky Gonzales

solid color green Mexican tile by Gorky Gonzales

Limon green tile by Gorky Gonzales

Here are just a few of the totally different styles of sinks I found:

Image   Image   Blue Mexican Sink by Gorky GonzalesMexican ceramic sink yellow floral pattern

 You can find matching or complementary tile to go with any sink both in solid color and decorative designs.  Here are a couple of ideas of how other people matched sinks and tiles when remodeling their bathrooms:

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I love this one because of the traditional Mexican pattern and because the colors go really well with my cobalt blue towels.

Seville Mexican ceramic sink

Traditional Seville pattern Mexican Ceramic sink

Seville decorative Mexican tile

Seville decorative Mexican tile

You will really want to look at the entire selection Mexican Tiles because there truly is a sink for every taste.  Don’t forget the FREE SHIPPING on sinks!

Talk to Andy or Jenny at Mexican Tile Designs at 1-866-320-1628 or email them at  They are really nice about helping with design ideas and planning.

Day of the Dead Mexican Tiles available now!

Mexican Tile Designs has a full collection of authentic Mexican Day of the Dead tiles!

These tiles are raised-relief, colorful designs on a black background and include skeletons playing baseball, skeletons playing basketball, skeletons playing cards, skeletons drinking beer, skeletons dancing, mountaineer skeletons, a doctor skeleton, a skeleton bride and groom, and many more including several decorated skull tiles!

 Day of the Dead tile skeletons drinking in bar Day of the Dead skull Mexican tile Day of the Dead Mexican tile Baseball pitcher

Please check out our Day of the Dead tile page !  We are actively growing our collection !

Please call us at 1-866-320-1628 or email us at and let us know if you are looking for a specific design!

Here is our Catrina Day of the Dead tile murals:

 Day of the Dead hand-painted Mexican tile mural