If you have been looking for the ultimate Mid Century Modern style accent, we got you. Terracotta breeze blocks, or screen blocks, are having a comeback. Now, you can get your beautifully designed blocks at Clay Imports!
Below are the most frequently asked questions we hear from customers. We'll cover everything from where we source them to design inspiration to installation instructions.
- - What are terracotta breeze blocks?
- - How are breeze blocks made?
- - What are breeze blocks design options?
- - Where can you install terracotta breeze blocks?
- - How do I install breeze blocks in my home?
- - Do I need to seal breeze blocks?
What are terracotta breeze blocks?
Breeze blocks are the patterned blocks you may have seen covering the sides of buildings across the world. They can serve as a design accent in hip restaurants, or more recently in your neighbor’s backyard! Besides from being pretty to look at, these architectural pieces can be functional, too. Breeze blocks balance the impact of sunlight and provide ventilation for outdoor patios and breezeways.
Breeze blocks were first used in U.S.-American design and architecture in the 1930s, and rapidly gained popularity up until the 1970s. Most iconic, cement blocks were beloved (and have revived) in warmer climates, such as trendy Palm Springs.
Many designers are rediscovering new ways to breeze blocks as they become more and more in-demand. We have designed ours to combine the aesthetics of west coast Mid Century Modern with Mexican contemporary architecture.
While breeze blocks are beautiful and functional, they are not designed as structural units (no breeze block load bearing walls).
Where do you make terracotta breeze blocks?
Mexico, of course! We produce our Clay Imports’ red clay breeze blocks using 100% natural clay native to Central Mexico.
How are terracotta breeze blocks made?
The Art Deco-reminiscent clay screen blocks feature bold geometric patterns and highlight excellent craftsmanship. Each piece is produced by extracting dense red clay through a patterned die (think Play-Doh!). Then, the block is fired. Voila, here is a decorative breeze block for your project!
What are the breeze block design options?
Our clay architectural screen blocks combine the aesthetics of West Coast Mid Century Modern with Mexican contemporary architecture. We offer delicate floral patterns, and blocks featuring geometric lines and squares.
Color-wise, there is our classic red terra-cotta natural clay. Color tones are fairly consistent across the board, but our clay breeze blocks can also be painted in other colors.
You can use an epoxy-based paint and apply it to the raw clay block. Just prepare a bucket of paint and dip the breeze block, coloring it inside and out. Let dry, then install!
Where can you install terracotta breeze blocks?
We love how our blocks separate and define space. Moreover, they protect from the sun and allow for welcoming ventilation, and create privacy.
A breeze block wall can be very impactful in your outdoor spaces. You may also use a decorative breeze block wall inside. Us it as a partition wall, a focal point in your entry, or use it as a bar face!
- Front Yard: Screen off the view of your space from the street while maintaining natural light within your space.
- Back Porch: Create your own, well ventilated and shaded oasis in your very own backyard!