Color and pattern combine to create a sophisticated look.
An early 20th century house in Barcelona retains its original floor covering in many areas, including the kitchen. Hydraulic tiles, also known as cement tiles, are traditionally cast in a mould using a mixture of tinted cement and powdered marble. The bold coloring goes throughout the thick tiles, so it’s no surprise that the multi-color pattern still looks marvelous a century later. Burst of colors are found in every room, and the kitchen is no exception. Moroccan stucco walls are a soft backdrop for the vivid yellow cabinets. Over-sized stainless pulls and a roll-out stainless worktable (far left) make up the baking and storage side of the kitchen.
While the yellow cabinets were present at purchase, the stainless steel cabinets were new additions by the current homeowners, architect and jewelry expert Eva Palao and husband, Jordi Rabat. The SS cabs are a nice contrast to the splashy yellow. Their run ends against a black magnetic paint wall that conceals the laundry area. Cement tiles are not only decorative, but durable – worthy of consideration in your next project.