Mosiac Buying Guide
Eye catching, easy to install, ability to create your own bespoke designs – they’re just three reasons why designers and renovators the world over love mosaics. Whilst domestic installations don’t tend to take an overtly artistic approach ie. creating of large murals, mosaics do allow for some expression of personal style, be it through accents or borders or even via personalized text inset into walls. However, go to any high-end bar, hotel, or even public space, and you’ll see mosaics used in all manner of ingenious ways, both inside and out.
Mosiac sheets involve embedding small pieces of colored glass, stone, or ceramic tile called tessera in a background material such as plaster or mortar. The resulting finish is unique and a variety of designs can be created.
This buying guide to Mosaic offers a detailed look at this products and what you’ll find when you shop for. Be sure to browse our other guides about installation, and maintenance to learn more about Mosaic before you decide to buy.
Materials, Lengths and Patterns
Mosaics are truly only limited to the designers imagination. All manner or materials can be used to create everything from stunning patterns to subtle accents. Glass, natural stone, ceramic and metal are some of the most common.
Mosaics come in tile-like square panels held together with a fabric mesh that are fixed to walls and floors in the same way as you would ceramic or porcelain tiles. Mosaic sheets are, by and large, one square foot in size and come in a square tile-like format. However, The number and size of the chips (the small pieces of tile that make up the mosaic) on each sheet can wildly differ.
Aside from being eye-catching and versatile, one of the great benefits of using mosaics is it's utility. There’s no denying that wall tiles are more expensive per square inch than other wall coverings, like paint or wallpaper, but the extra cost is worth it when you realize that you end up with a waterproof and easy-to-clean surface that’s invaluable in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and more.
Depending on what material is involved in your mosaic sheets, different kinds of maintenance may be appropriate. Check our our Care and Maintenance Guide for advice on getting the most out of your Mosaic.
Mosaics themselves are a popular trend with designers, as they add interest, particularly when coupled with natural stone displays or used as border accents. In glass and stone mosaics, the glass may be subtle or be highly reflective, creating contrast, depth and variety to break up an otherwise unrelieved area of stone. The unique fusion of modern glass and ageless stone make these mosaics stand out as well in the eyes of a designer.
Mosaic Flooring FAQ
Q: Is the installation of mosaics a DIY project?
A: It certainly can be, though it has its challenges. If you have solid skills, you can give it a try yourself. See our guide on the Installation of mosaic for the details. If you want to ensure the best look though, our installers are as good as they come.
Q: Will mosaic sheets fit my oddly shaped area?
A: The mesh in between the mosaic chips can be cut very easily and the sheets made to fit all manner of different spaces. However if cutting through the actual chips is required for the sheets to properly fit the space, then it can be rather difficult to get a clean cut. It's recommended that you hire a professional if this is necessary to ensure the job is done right.