Choosing Mosaics for your Home

Why Mosaics?

Adding Mosaic tiles to uniform coloured ceramic tiles can create miracles to the overall feel in your home, be it in the kitchen, bathroom, living room and also individual rooms, creating greater ambience and artistic feel for homeowners. There are myriad choices in choosing the mosaic tiles as they come in numerous designs and patterns, and in many sizes. Below are the common ones to consider.

 

What Is Mosaic?

Before going in depth to the different type of Mosaics, what exactly is the term Mosaics mean?

According to Wikipedia, Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, mostly roughly square, of stone or glass of different colours are used to create a pattern or picture.

Uses of Mosaics dated millenniums back, as early as 1500 B.C. based on excavation results.  Mosaics have been use extensively in many cultures and civilisations, and for many different purposes. Literally, mosaics can be seen in almost all faucets of lives, playing roles both signatory as single unique attraction, and complementary to blend and accentuate the main artwork.

 

How are Mosaics compatible?

In Today’s context, mosaics uses are prevalent in many ways, playing both the main and/or supporting role in an artwork. In the local Interior Design’s world, Mosaic uses are never a miss. They are fitted in areas that are subtle and not huge in volume, yet cleverly accentuate the design and theme. On the other hand, Mosaic, when used as a main artwork, brings out the unique taste and feel of the designers or homeowner. Be it a mosaic Roman art piece or even a patterned mosaic design, it reveals how the owner feels and appreciates art. Mosaics are never out-dated, hence with clever and creative use of it, it can create myriad forms of imagination and creation, which allows homes to look uniquely different and stand out from the rest.

 

Types of Mosaics

 

Glass Mosaics

Glass Mosaics come in more colours than one can imagine. Homeowners can choose between mosaic blends or solid colours, paper faced, mesh mounted, or even dot mounted tiles, and in many sizes. Glass tile finishes might include iridescent, translucent or the standard glossy finish that is most commonly found on today’s glass tile products. Custom blends of mosaic tile are often available where the customer can choose any pairing of colours by specifying the percentages of each colour they want used in their blend. For instance, at San Teck International, we offer custom blends DIYs of our glass mosaic tile line as well as several other tile lines available on our site.

Glass Mosaics-Contemporary Wall Glass Mosaics- Modern Bathroom Wall Glass Mosaics- Bathroom Wall Glass Mosaics- Red Contemporary Wall

Uses: Glass Mosaics can be used prevalently in most settings, in bathrooms, kitchen walls, living rooms and bedrooms. With its translucent properties, glass mosaics are used in indoor setups and cosy areas to refract and reflect lightings shone upon them, making the whole an intimate and warm feel in homes and restaurants.

Due to the vibrant colours and shiny properties, it is used in outdoor as well, to liven and complement garden landscapes. Glass mosaics can be laid on the surroundings of fountains, and with appropriate lightings, it can create magnificent atmosphere for different occasions.

Try not to use Glass Mosaics on barefoot pavement, as they are considered on the brittle end of the spectrum, preferably not for heavy duty walking. There is a possibility of cracking which may cause unnecessary hindrance, rework and safety hazards. Also one of of the biggest drawbacks to using mosaic glass tiles is the price. As there are many colours to choose from, the price range can go high for attractive colours, and repeating patterns can cost as much as $100 for a single square foot of the design.

 

Ceramic Mosaics

Ceramic Mosaics are widely used in today’s context as it provide stable and uniform colours, suitable for pattern creations. They are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms, with the emphasis of durability and simple aesthetics functionality. Ceramic Mosaics can come in different sizes, from 12mm x 12mm to 25mm x 25mm.

Ceramic Mosaics in Living Room Wall Ceramic Mosaics in Restroom

Ceramic Mosaics- Floral Pheony Ceramic Mosaics-Flooring

Uses: Ceramic Mosaics can be used in many settings, in bathrooms, kitchen walls, living rooms and bedrooms and also outdoor due to its durability. Swimming Pools mosaics are commonly made using ceramic, as they are less brittle. The sizes of such ceramic mosaics can be made bigger to suit the requirements. In addition, Ceramic mosaics are easily available due to lower material costs.

Try not to use Ceramic mosaics with the same colour! It causes mosaics to lose its charm, especially ceramic mosaics, as the properties are uniformity in colour- this will not exude the true art piece. Moderation use of mosaics not only accentuates the theme, but also creates space observance in seemingly smaller living units.

 

Stone Mosaics

Stone Mosaics are used in both outdoor and indoor settings. Areas such as poolside, patio, common and pedestrian walkways, indoors walls in commercial and residential buildings use natural stone mosaics to increase and match themes and specific ambience. The common stone mosaics are Travertine, and Marble, onyx, pebbles granite and slate. Due to its nature properties compared to man-made ones, they can be crafted to different lengths and shapes to match clients’ needs.

Natural Stone Mosaics- Roman Wheel Natural Stone Mosaics- Travertine Wall

Natural Stone Mosaics- Special Shape Marble Natural Stone Mosaics- Special Shapes

Granite Mosaics Pavement- Circle Granite Mosaics Pavement- Square

Uses: Due to its natural properties, random veins lines and patterns can be used in many avenues: It allows art pieces such as Roman Mosaics patterns to be filled with a touch of liveliness with its fine lines and contours. Commercial uses of such stones are adopted as they have natural slip resistance to an extent, which gives passengers and viewers a real touch of nature in cosmopolitan living.

Try not to use Stone mosaics for overly small dimensions due to the nature of the stone- there are veins and lines which can crack under intense pressure, as the stone strength are uneven.

 

Other uses of Mosaics

Beside wall and floor mosaics, Mosaics can be used to create Wash basin, featured wall designs and many more.  When it comes to mosaics, Imagination can be made reality.

Travertine Mosaics Basin Mixed Travertine Mosaics Basin

 

Kim
San Teck International
www.san-teck.com

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