7 Types Of Mosaic Tiles and Its Uses

7 Types Of Mosaic Tiles and Its Uses

7 Types and Uses of Mosaic Tile

Since ancient times, people have used mosaic tiles to add personality to a space. In fact, the ancient Romans transformed mosaics from an art form to household decoration. Today, mosaic tiles are used throughout the home, from the swimming pool, to the kitchen, bathroom, walls and more. Available in a myriad mosaic tile types, they can be customised to suit your taste. This blog outlines:

• 7 types of mosaic tiles
• How they are used, and;
• The advantages of using mosaic tiles over other types.

Types of Mosaic Tiles

Do you want to put a unique stamp on your home? Create a design that’s all your own with mosaic tiles. With a vast array of mosaic tile types, colours and styles available, the possibilities are endless. To kickstart your imagination, here are seven types of mosaic tile.

Stone mosaic tiles

The word “mosaic” often conjures up images of majestic Roman or Greek cathedral floors. However, these stunning tiles can also be found in many homes. Inlaid with tiny pieces of stone, this mosaic tile type is a fantastic choice to compliment any décor. For a traditional look, you can opt for geometric designs or mosaic flower patterns. Or, using waterjet technology, you can select something more contemporary.

Glass mosaic tiles

Glass is one of the most popular mosaic tile types. They can be found in almost any home or commercial building. The most commonly used glass mosaics include: cast, coated, and fused tiles. Cast tiles have a wavy, textured finish, with tiny folds or creases. They are used to make intricate, coloured patterns. Made from sheet glass, coated glass is also used to create detailed coloured designs. Available in various finishes, fused tiles are a combination of cast and coated glass.

Swimming pool glass and ceramic mosaic tiles

Typically used to create elaborate murals, glass and ceramic tiles will create an undersea wonderland. These types of mosaic tile mesh beautifully to make stunning, economic and affordable designs. Both glass and ceramic tiles are easy to install and to maintain, so all you have to do is enjoy!

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Etched stone

These are large tiles, which can be etched into almost any design. This results in a luxurious, smoothly engraved, sculpted tile. These designs can be intricate and deeply etched, or else they may be finely etched, accentuating extremely fine lines and curves. Both are popular options that create a stunning effect.

Hand-painted stone

Have you seen a design you absolutely love? You can easily create a unique copy with hand-painted stone tiles. Create anything your heart desires, from landscapes, to ornamental art and more. These one-of-a-kind artworks can be placed in any room of the house or enhance an outdoor feature.

Medallions and murals

Medallion and mural tiles are the perfect fusion of ancient craftsmanship and modern technology. Using various manufacturing techniques (i.e. waterjet technology), stone is cut into delicate, swirling curves. The seamless, geometric patterns are ideal for businesses and homes alike. These types of mosaic tile are ideal for homes and businesses alike. You can select from a library of murals or your own custom design.

Waterjet mosaic tiles

Waterjet tiles are a truly unique, handcrafted statement piece. The intricate designs these tiles offer is virtually endless. These tiles are used to create textured, multi-dimensional patterns. Traditionally used to create tiny mosaic or medallions, waterjet tiles also form textured patterns which appear hand-sculpted.

Uses for mosaic tiles

For centuries, people have practiced the art of arranging mosaic tiles into incandescent patterns. And today, they are still an immensely popular choice. This is due to their low maintenance, durability and versatility. Here are seven of their most common uses.

Kitchen mosaic tiles

As everyone knows, the kitchen is the heart of the home. So, give a memorable first impression with majestic mosaic tiles. For a real showstopper, use bright colours and patterns to create a mosaic splashback. And, you can keep this pattern going by installing mosaic tiles on the kitchen countertop.

Kitchen Backsplash Mosaic

Shower mosaic tiles

Who says the shower has to be boring? Transport yourself to another world by placing mosaic tiles on the shower floor. Transform your shower from drab to luxurious with a beautiful mosaic design of your own making. We guarantee you won’t want to leave!Shower mosaic

Sink mosaic tiles

Are you remodelling your bathroom? Transform a bland sink with mosaic tiles. Whether it’s glass, stone or ceramic, there are mosaic tile types to make every sink pop. Sinks are typically decorated with beautiful floral or nature scenes. A sink adorned with mosaic tiles instantly adds class and elegance to any bathroom.

Bathroom mosaic tiles

The bathroom is more than a place to get ready in the morning. It should be a place to unwind and relax. You can do just that with a striking mosaic tile pattern. To create a spectacular visual effect by continuing the floor tiles up to the ceiling. Or design a unique mosaic pattern on your bathroom vanity, sink and medicine cabinet. Popular pictorial mosaic designs include: landscapes, floral patterns or even favourite personal quotes.

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Swimming pool mosaic tiles

Has your outdoor area seen better days? Liven up your swimming pool with stunning mosaic tiles. Choose a brilliant pattern, and create a striking image for swimmers to enjoy. Add a sea creature motif to the bottom of the pool, perhaps. To create a work of art, decorate your pool with our Aquarelle Turquoise tiles.

Hot tub mosaic tiles

Experience true luxury for a fraction of the price by installing glass mosaic tiles. They offer a transparent, reflective look, which will make you feel like you’re at a 5-star resort. And, glass mosaic tiles are practically impervious to blemishes, corrosion and fading.

Garden mosaic tiles

When plants aren’t flowering, the garden can look drab. Introduce a pop of colour with mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles are a fantastic way to personalise your outdoor space. You can mosaic virtually anything in the garden – from flowerpots and walkways to benches and walls. Two of our most popular garden tiling products are the Carrara Honed Hexagon Mosaic stone and Vidrepur Almeria glass tiles.

Advantages of mosaic tiles

Popularised during the Roman Empire, mosaic tiles were a way to advertise wealth and sophistication. They still remain a popular choice today. These tiles introduce a sense of elegance and sophistication into any room. Available in almost any colour and design, there’s a mosaic tile to suit your taste. Here are mosaic tiling's key benefits:

Aesthetically pleasing: For centuries, mosaic tiles have been renowned for their profound beauty. Mosaic tiling will transform your bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor area from ordinary to elegant. With solid colour, multi-coloured and patterned tiles, the combinations you can create are endless. The design can be as simple or intricate as you wish. You’re only limited by the space available and your imagination.

Durability: Mosaic tiles are built to withstand severe damage. So, they’re certain to stand up to the demands of the average household. This means your tiles will maintain their pristine look for years to come. If you’re looking for a long-term investment, mosaic tiles are the right choice. While other tiles may need to be replaced after a few years, mosaics will last twice as long.

Environmentally friendly: Mosaic tiles are made from handmade ceramic pieces. As such, these tiles are individually laid out. Then, they’re cut by hand to fit into place. This process ensures each tile is formed for the mosaic’s unique shape. To reflect this, each tile is hand-made. Relatively cheap and constructed from recycled materials, mosaic tiles are kind to the environment and cost-effective.

Easy to clean: Cleaning mosaic tiles is an absolute breeze. The smooth, glossy surface ensures dirt and grime do not become trapped in small crevasses. When you notice dirt, simply wipe the tiles with warm, soapy water. This instantly removes the filth, restoring your tiles’ lustre and sheen. Mosaic is also mould and mildew-resistant and won’t stain easily.

Easy to maintain: Mosaic tiles are the preferred option among homeowners. The reason being, once installed, they require very little maintenance. They are water-resistant and stain-resistant, so they’re very easy to keep clean. To remove stains or dirt build-up, simply wash over the area with dishwashing detergent.

Vast variety of styles and colours: Another reason mosaic tiles are so popular is no pattern looks the same. With so many colours, patterns and textures to choose from, they’re as individual as you are. One of the most popular varieties is natural stone, including: marble, slate, travertine and quartz.

Simple installation: Contrary to popular belief, mosaic floors are easy to install. For an individual look, you can lay the tiles out using various patterns, colours and styles. And, as they are hand-cut, there’s no need for seamless edges. Whatever design you choose, the beauty of mosaic tiling is that it always looks intentional.

Summary

Mosaics are the optimal way to transform your home... inside and out. From the kitchen, to the swimming pool, a mosaic livens up every room. With so many mosaic tile types to choose from, you’re only limited by your imagination. Whether you choose glass, ceramics or stone, you’re sure to find a style to compliment your home. And, best of all, they’re durable, affordable, easy to install and simple to maintain.

Are you ready to renew your home with mosaic tiles? Simply book an appointment with our experts today. Picture your dream design with the or explore our Product Gallery.

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