Tessera are Ideal for Wall and Floor Applications
Mosaic tile is a very good surfacing alternative for bathroom walls and floors. What makes these 2 inch or less, tiles such a good choice for washroom floors is the fact that mosaics have a multitude of tiny grippy grout lines that act as a slip resistant foil to help prevent unnecessary falls in your bathing or grooming area.
Tessera (a small square tile of stone or glass) is also great for lavatory walls due to the almost limitless creative decorative patterns and options you can incorporate into your wall and floor design. Mosaic tiles come in many different colors and in rectangles, squares, random design patterns and many different forms of geometric figures to add character to your bathroom.
Mosaic tiles come in numerous different materials from porcelain tile, ceramic tile, glass tiles, metal tiles and stone tiles. And the best part about mosaic tile is that most require very little upkeep except for maybe Terra-cotta tiles that requires that you seal them at regular intervals.
Multifaceted, Durable and Easy to Install
Centuries ago, classical Greek and Roman artist had adorned ancient bath houses with magnificent works of art using tiny pieces of ceramic tile.
Today bathroom technology has simplified the bath renovator’s quest for great bathroom design by mounting patterns of individual tiles on a wire mesh that allows the remodeler to install dozens of tiles at the same time. This is a beautiful break from the monotony of so many monochromatic bath walls of tile after boring subway tile.
If you really want to push the envelope of bath design, installing mosaic tiles can transform your bathroom walls into a splashy one-of-a-kind artistic mosaic design.
Composing Charm and Elegance in Your Bathing Space
Tile murals can be custom designed for your bathing space and you have the option of applying the individual tiles by hand or you can attach your design to a fibreglass mesh backing which you can later apply to your floor or bath walls.
This is similar to needle point or cross stitch where tiny little pieces accumulate to create a larger image. With time and careful planning you can create a stunning layout with nothing more than variations in the placement of different colored tiles.
And for emphasis on certain design elements, you can integrate glossy and non glossy tiles into your design. Alternatively if you want a more subtle toned down effect you can create a tone on tone patterned design that alternates between matte and glossy finished tiles.
Inlay Pattern vs Bath Size
Don’t forget to take into account the size of your bathroom when designing your mosaic outline because small patterns have a tendency of getting lost in an overtly large washroom space.
And don’t limit yourself to floors and walls, mosaic tiles can be used to add designer details around your mirrors or in place of crown molding, these trim pieces can make fabulous finishing touches around your bath.
Another interesting possibility is to combine regular tiles with mosaic tiles. If you try this combination you need to ensure that the thickness of the tile on your bathroom floor is the same as the thickness of your mosaic tile because you don’t want to be tripping over raised tile on your bath floor.
Adjusting Your Accent Pieces
If the mosaic tile is slightly raised on your lavatory walls it could become a design element but on your floors it’s just a hazard. The alternative solution if your mosaic tile is thinner than your floor tile is to add a little extra thinset beneath the mosaic tile to make up the difference.
And remember to only mix as much thinset as you need, for about forty-five minutes to an hour of work because you don’t want to add water to hardening thinset since this will only weaken the effectiveness of the mixture resulting in possible tile movement and cracking later on.
Also on the subject of movement, you may want to install a decoupling membrane under your floor tile which allows your tiles to move separately from your floor, this laced plastic membrane in turn will ensure your floor is crack free for many, many years to come.
Numerous Grout Lines Create a Better Nonslip Surface
While tiny glazed shiny mosaic tiles look great on walls and countertops, for the sake of safety, you should choose mosaic floor tiles that are gritty with a nonslip surface. As mentioned before, the upside to mosaic tile is the fact that there are many grout lines to prevent slipping; this could also be a downside if you do not clean your tiles on a regular basis.
The mosaic tiles themselves are a snap to clean, but the numerous grout lines can pose to be an issue if not maintained.
The solution is to keep your grout lines sparkling by treating them with a sealer and as a preventive measure you should clean your grout lines regularly with a mild bleach solution. Incorporating colored grout into your mosaic design will help keep your bathroom looking cleaner even longer.
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