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MOSAIC TILES ARTY ADVICE


Leigh Price, Managing Director of Real Stone & Tile, offers insight and opinion on mosaic tiles.


Mosaic is an art which derives back to the Ancient Greek and Roman times when it was used to decorate temples and palaces. Nowadays we use this technique to decorate our homes, to make a dramatic statement or to simply add colour and depth to neutral design schemes.


Mosaic tiles are surging in popularity due to the demand for modern and expressive décor, and adding this option to a room will create a visual point for any atmosphere.


Installing mosaic tiles is fairly straightforward and, because they are extremely versatile, it means that they can be used in many different places, including indoor and outdoor spaces.


The Perfect Fit


Mosaic tiles are individually cut tiles all held together with a fabric mesh, making it easier to cut the sheet to fit around any complicated areas and create an even finish. However, the mesh does make installation slightly more difficult as it’s harder to get even pressure on the entire sheet when pressing into the adhesive. What often happens is, more pressure is placed on certain tiles and you won’t get a flat surface.


Additionally, mosaic tiles are often laid as a feature next to an existing tile arrangement so it is more than likely that the mosaic tile is a different thickness to the existing one. To create a symmetrical finish, use plastic backing sheets. The backing sheet is self-adhesive on one side so it can be stuck on to the back of the mesh which makes the entire mosaic thicker and more rigid, much like a normal wall tile. This creates an even and smooth finish and makes it level as it fills the wall with the same depth of the adjoining tile.


Even with the plastic backing sheet applied, mosaic tiles are pliable which makes them easier to install. This is because they can be used on any type of surface, whether the wall


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is old, curved or uneven, mosaics are versatile and are usually applied where traditional ceramic tiles would struggle.


Location, Location, Location


Not only are mosaic tiles adaptable, they are also resistant to chemical damage, stains and mould. They are not porous so grime won’t sink into the tile. These factors make them appealing to use in many areas of the home because there isn’t that worry of having to clean them constantly.


Mosaic tiles are often preferred on wet room floors- due to the floor being built on a fall, the mesh backing makes it easier for the mosaic to be manoeuvred into place where sloping is required.


If you don’t have a wetroom, mosaics can still be used in bathrooms, however, it is key to choose the right size and colour for the space that you are decorating. A lot of bathrooms are small and, due to the need for privacy, don’t have a lot of natural light in them. Using glass mosaic tiles is an


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