After purchasing my own home last year, I've gotten around to fixing up just about every room except the dining. That room came with off-white walls and saltillo tile on the floor. There's a big bay window on one end (it used to be a one-car garage that was later convered into a dining room.)
The saltillo tile has confounded me from day one. It's the terracotta color, by the way. If I design around it, I can only see two directions in which I can go. One is a southwestern color and furniture scheme, which I don't care for at all. The other is the classic Los Angeles 1920s style, with the wrought iron accents and vanilla-to-tan wall colors. I'm a little warmer to that idea, although it will seem pretty out of place given the the eclectic mix of my traditional and modern elements in the neighboring room.
If I get rid of it and stain the concrete, I'm going to end up with those old tile edge prints on the concrete. Unless of course, I put down a new coat of cement, which is above my skill level at this point.
Have you ever designed with a saltillo tile floor in mind? Any ideas?