With so many mosaic choices available, today’s trend is for homeowners to use mosaic tiles for backsplash material.
Several years ago, it was common for homeowners to take the granite used on the counter and carry the same granite up the backsplash.
In today’s market, that type of treatment compares to the avocado sinks and tubs of the 70s – It’s dated.
Small mosaic tiles can add a punch of color, or provide the main focal piece to the room’s design.
When choosing the right mosaic for the job, there are many factors to consider, including:
But a sleek glass mosaic combined with contemporary cabinets is a design hit.
Mosaics can literally be used anywhere. Part of the process of selecting the right mosaic is discovering just what materials, designs, patterns and colors are available.
The market is constantly changing with new items being added on a continual basis.
Using mosaic tiles for bathrooms is super popular right now.
Mosaics have long been used for the wet shower floor because the tiles are small enough to allow the installer to “pitch” the floor so it can drain.
But other areas of the bathroom have become a canvass for mosaic art as well.
Mosaic Tiles come in a large range of materials. Including:
Natural Stone Mosaics:
Natural Stone Mosaics are suitable for most areas, including flooring and walls and can be used in swimming pools.
Porcelain mosaics are typically used in all applications, including interior and exterior uses.
Glass mosaics can be used in pools, if they are pool rated. Some can only be used on walls. Others are rated for floors and wet areas.
Aluminum and Metal Mosaics:
Aluminum and metal mosaics can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is best to check with the manufacturer regarding specific applications.
Wood mosaics are best used in dry areas. Typically, this product is used for accent walls.
Many mosaics are made from more than one material.
Common combinations include: stone and glass; metal and stone; metal, glass and stone.
The type of material you choose depends on several factors. Ask yourself these five questions when determining what mosaic tile to use.
Armed with information from your questions, look at the manufacturer’s specifications and determine if that mosaic you’ve fallen in love with works for your application.
Question 4 – does the mosaic play well with others? This question applies to maintenance and cleaning. For example, a harsh cleaner can be used on a porcelain, but not a marble.
If both materials are used in the same area, then a nonabrasive cleaner will be used on the entire surface.
The right use of mosaics, can take your project to the next level with very little additional cost. Consult one of our specialists today about adding mosaics to your next design.