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Portuguese Blues

When we say blues, we mean something different than saudades or Fado. This month we want to share with you our fascination with Portugal’s literal blues: the azulejos.


Stunning beaches and incredible wine aside, what stays with you had you once visited this country are the blue-white azulejos visible on facades almost everywhere, and especially in the big cities of Lisbon and Porto. Tiles and mosaics are a common sight across the Iberian peninsula, still the azulejos are a something special for Portugal. The name itself says “azul” (transl.: blue) but it is also considered to be deriving from an old Arabic word for “polished stone”. Often used as a story telling tool found on or inside public buildings and households of rich families, this decorative art dating back to the XIII century has witnessed a stormy revival since around the middle of the 1900-s. Today it’s one of the most recognized visual references of Portugal and Portuguese culture.


Even the quickest window shopping session on Pinterest makes you feel like you absolutely have to bring stacks of these home. And while covering the facade of your house is not only ridiculously pricey but impractical for our climate, to say the least, the same does not hold if you think inside the box – your interior. Accent tiles, mosaic back-splashes and statement floor work came along almost two years ago and continued to be an interior trend throughout 2015.


Thanks to the variety of ways you can use them to modify your space, they will be hanging around in 2016 as well. You can achieve wonders in a small bathroom for instance. Adding style and extravagance without overwhelming your space has never been easier. And if the white and blue combo is not your cup of tea, it’s easy to opt for neutrals.



If you are looking for more inspiration on surfaces and flooring, a good place to start is BAB Distribuiton (linked to: www.babdistribution.ca) where many texture and tile combinations are just waiting for you to flex your imagination muscles. Visit them on 5645 rue Paré, Mont-Royal H4P 1S1, QDR or check out their FB page.

Your sincerely,
Quartier Design Royalmount
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