House Call: Tiles Reinvented in Toledo, Spain by

Issue 85 · Travels with an Editor: Barcelona · August 14, 2013

House Call: Tiles Reinvented in Toledo, Spain

Issue 85 · Travels with an Editor: Barcelona · August 14, 2013

In the renovation of their apartment in Toledo, Spain, Romero Vallejo Arquitectos have come up with an innovative use of tiles that has us wondering if we need carpets at all.

Inspired by their childhood memories of tiled floors in their homes, Spanish duo Sara Romero and Mariano Vallejo collaborated with local artisans to develop new tile patterns and colors, which cover the entire floor of their six-room apartment in Toledo, Spain. Bar the pink kitchen cabinets, whose color was taken from the floor tiles, all other surfaces of this apartment are white, suggesting that in this home, it’s all about the floor.

Photography by Juan Carlos Quindós and seen on Dezeen.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The pink kitchen cabinets were selected to match the floor tiles, whose color was derived from the research of historical tiles. 

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: A border of green tiles separates each individual floor pattern with the overall effect a background floor overlaid with different carpets.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: White reflective walls and surfaces keep the apartment filled with light.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: Entering the living room from the hallway. 

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: A sofa adds a complementary accent of color in the living room.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The different tile pattern indicate different areas of the apartment.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The tile pattern in the hallway is simpler than the pattern in the rooms.

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: In the bathroom, the green border becomes the primary tile with a decorative accent marking the entry of the shower.  

Translucen bathroom door in apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: A translucent wall separates the bathroom from the bedroom. 

Apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The master bedroom has an ensuite dressing room.

Built in closet storage in apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The center tiles of the dressing room are in their natural state without a decorative pattern or color.

Floor plan of apartment with Spanish tiles by Romero Vallejo Arquitectos | Remodelista

Above: The floor plan of the tile patterns.

If tiles on the floor are too busy for you, what about on the ceiling like this kitchen in Sweden



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