ISSUE 85  |  Travels with an Editor: Barcelona

House Call: Tiles Reinvented in Toledo, Spain

August 14, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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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.

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

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

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

Above: Entering the living room from the hallway. 

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

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

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

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

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

Above: The master bedroom has an ensuite dressing room.

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

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