At Luxury Tiles UK, we really know our tiles. We’re London’s premier supplier of tiles and interior design services and we would back our designers and craftsmen against all comers; when it comes to mosaic tiles, we know them inside out!
In this blog post we’re going to examine mosaic tiles; we’re going to look at exactly what they are and then some of the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide whether mosaic tiles are the best option for you. Here we go!
Mosaic tiles are laid using lots of little tiles, glass or natural stones/shards (known as tesserae) and are one of the most decorative of types of titling. They can be used in almost any room, but certainly add character to bathrooms and kitchens alike. Let’s have a look at those advantages and disadvantages starting with the positives.
The advantages of mosaic tiling
Firstly mosaic tiles add flair to any room particularly if you use mirrored glass with well-placed lighting. Metallic shimmers and natural stones mean that mosaic tiles can complement most decors; they brighten up any interior setting.
Another great feature of mosaic tiles is that they are resistant to chemicals making them an ideal choice for kitchens and bathrooms alike. They are durable and easy to keep clean; stains and smears can be removed easily. A simple solution of water and vinegar will bring up a gleaming shine in most instances. Glass mosaic tiles are nonporous which means mildew and mould does not form.
One of the big plus points of mosaic tiles is that they are extremely versatile. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes designs and colours and because they are smaller in size can be used to fill large, small and awkward spaces. Combining different types of mosaic tiles can add a certain amount of dramatic flair to your room as well as depth and a greater feeling of space.
Glass mosaic tiles are extremely environmentally sustainable as there is far less energy used in their creation than other traditional wall and flooring materials. Broken glass can be recycled or reused.
Mosaic flooring is generally very affordable. It’s certainly cheaper than marble, and if done right can look just as classy and opulent. It also has great longevity adding to its value for money proposition.
Finally, mosaic tiles are great for small spaces and rooms. Awkward spaces can be filled with something interesting; rooms can be made to look bigger using clever lighting. They can make the smallest, dingiest space look fabulous.
The disadvantages of mosaic tiling
We should start by saying that these are just things to be mindful of to help you make a good decision!
Mosaic tiles are by definition very small and this can make them fragile and susceptible to breakage and cracking. Sharp objects can scratch them.
Mosaic tiles can be translucent which means that adhesive solution can be seen through some of them (particularly glass tiles or shards).
Without a non-slip sealant, mosaic tiles can become slippery when wet in particular.
Mosaic tiles can be a great addition to any room. They allow for intricate design, innovative use of spaces, the effective use of lighting and for dramatic and eye catching features which add that final piece of glamour to any room.
In the London area, you should speak to the experts when it comes to mosaic tiling: Luxury Tiles UK (www.luxurytiles.co.uk) have all the knowledge and know-how that you could possibly need. We can help come up with the perfect solution and get the most out of the perfect mosaic tiles for your space.