While holidays may be off the menu, this summer we are saying “Hola” to Cuba, a new collection of ceramic and porcelain tiles with a unique handmade effect.
Paying homage to traditional Cuban tiles, which can be traced back to the mid-19th century, and typically found on floors of old buildings and churches, our new collection is available in a more modern ceramic and porcelain finish.
Cuba comes in 10 different styles, including a 15 x 15cm ceramic, suitable for interior walls, and a 20 x 20cm porcelain, suitable for interior walls and floors for use both inside and out the home.
This stunning new collection has been produced using a textured mould, which means the tiles are incredibly tactile to the touch and gives a finished look that is extremely premium. Thanks to its handmade look and feel, Cuba works across different settings and styles in the home.
Our top Cuba pairings
Decorative tiles don’t need to be a challenge to pair, so to save you the time, we’ve carefully curated our perfect pairings using some of our favourite tiles from this collection.
When you look at a single tile of Infantas, the pattern feels fairly understated and simple, yet when laid in all its glory, you can really appreciate the striking pattern that is created. The ink blue hand drawn-effect pattern works perfectly with its off grey background, and means it is one of the easiest to pair with.
Create a fun and vibrant space by utilising Infantas on the floor and a yellow tile such as Dolly Ceramic in Giallo for the walls. The almost floral feel of Infantas, contrasts with yellow perfectly and brings with it a summery fresh vibe. We think it works particularly well in open-plan schemes, such as kitchen dining spaces.
With hints of yellowy golds, aqua greens and deep denim blues, Marla has a striking pattern which really pays homage to the art found on original Cuban tiles. Thanks to its colour scheme, Marla works particularly well in more traditional schemes and it feels at home when paired with antique accessories or family heirlooms.
If you have a small downstairs cloakroom, Marla will help to brighten the space and create a conversation piece to be proud of. Tile from floor to ceiling behind the basin and vanity top, even carrying it onto the floor for that real bold finish underfoot. Pair with a more understated tile for the remaining walls, as to not take the focus away from Marla. We recommend a large format neutral tile such as Hampshire Porcelain in Grey or Perla.
Monochromatic in colour but not in personality, Alba is a versatile design with an hourglass pattern effect when laid vertically or a wave effect when laid horizontally, giving you freedom to create your own style. With its rustic artisanal effect, and off-white background, we feel Alba works particularly well in traditional homes.
Suitable for interior walls only, Alba gives the creative freedom to go a bit extra with interior design. Pair Alba with a green tile such as Pottery Porcelain in Kale Green, to really make a space pop. Or for more contemporary homes, use Alba as the splashback in a kitchen, paired with marble worktops and dark and moody kitchen cabinetry painted in Delphine’s Ink from our Proper Good Paint™ collection.
What we love about the field tiles within this collection, is that they don’t lack substance. Their powdery soft colour palette makes them the ultimate base tile for any interior scheme. Pearl Grey Field, is beautifully soft and delicate, with an almost smoke-like effect. Mint Green Field, has colour variations similar to those you might find when overlooking the crystal clear sea water surrounding a Greek island. And Indigio Blue Field, which feels like the beginnings of a dark winter’s night on a full moon.
Ultimately, the Cuba Porcelain Field tiles can be paired with any of the tiles found within our Cuba collection, and even with themselves. We’ve paired Mint Green and Pearl Grey here, in a chequerboard style for the floor, matched with Cuba Porcelain Como for the wall, which flows seamlessly together.
Top Purchasing Tip : we recommend ordering two or more full tile samples of Cuba to really experience the traditional finish and patterns.