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Mosaic Bathroom Tiles; Making and Using

Mosaic bathroom tiles have origin in a form of art which started about 5000 years ago. Today it is more of a craft that anyone can learn than an art. However if you are artistically inclined, here is a medium to express yourself that can be truly fulfilling.

It has a huge emotional appeal too. When you lie in your bath by candlelight, you are transported back to ancient Greece or Rome or even the kingdoms of the Mayas, Aztecs, or Sumerians. In those days, the mosaics were made of pebbles, glass and even precious stones. Mosaic was used for decorating all parts of buildings, particularly floors.

Some mosaics that have been discovered by archeologists are breathtakingly beautiful.

Mosaic Bathroom Tiles Today

Today mosaic work is confined mostly to bathrooms, swimming pools and some water features. Generally they are geometric type patterns that you can buy and install in sheets, but occasionally you will see a work of art. There are more modern designs as well, with bold patterns and less conventional materials incorporated, such as pieces of metal.

Whatever you decide to use for your mosaic bathroom tiles, you can be sure of a durable, non-slip surface and wonderful colors.

Planning Bathroom with Mosaic Bathroom Tiles

You can mosaic almost any part of your bathroom. Floors, walls, shower and even the ceiling can be part of your artwork. You can intersperse ordinary bathroom tiles with mosaic strips, panels or rosettes.

Here is where your creativity can be let loose!

Even though not strictly mosaic, stone chips and flat pebbles are often used together with other tiles. They look especially good in a rustic style of décor. Probably the best way to design your mosaic bathroom tiles is to get a piece of graph paper for each surface you want to tile.

Now, using one block for each piece of mosaic, color them in with colored pencils. You can fit in larger pieces of mosaic or other kinds of tiles, mirrors and bathroom fittings by measuring them in the right scale to the mosaics and drawing them into the graph paper. Just keep everything in proportion.

Now you are starting to get an idea of what your bathroom is going to look like. You will probably buy your mosaics mounted on sheets of mesh in various colors. This makes tiling much easier than trying to stick on individual mosaics.

However, if you are really creative, you may want to do this, at least in small areas. The rest of us will stick to the sheets! You will also need other tiles you have decided on, together with spacers; scissors, waterproof tile adhesive; waterproof tile grout; adhesive spreader; a sponge; and you will also need silicone sealer to seal the edges of the bathtub, sink and any other edging that comes into contact with the tiles or mosaic and where you don’t want moisture to seep in.

Creating your masterpiece in Mosaic Bathroom Tiles

If you have large areas with normal tiles, place them first with their spacers and allow them to dry for 12 hours. You can use temporary battens nailed horizontally low down on the walls to get your tiles started nice and straight, and your tiles on the floor should start at the middle point of the floor and go in good straight lines to the outer edges. Now we get to the mosaic.

Keeping your pattern handy, set out your tiles and mosaic as you want to place them. Working from bottom to top on walls, and center outwards on floors, build your pattern.

Do small areas at a time. Cut out your patches or strips of mosaic Use your adhesive spreader and apply adhesive to a small area of the wall. Apply your tiles and pieces of mosaic sheet in their places, keeping everything straight and level. When you do your walls don’t do too much at a time.

Be patient and allow the lower parts to dry before you ‘build’ your pattern upwards. You don’t want to end up with sagging crooked tiles! Now you can apply grout to all the spaces between the tiles and mosaics. Wipe off any excess with a damp sponge

When you silicone your edges, such as along the edge of the bathtub where it meets the wall, stick two strips of masking tape on either side of the joint, then apply the silicone between the strips. When it is dry, peel off the masking tape and your silicone will have lovely straight edges.

Now all that remains is the candle light and a sudsy bath to enjoy your mosaic bathroom tiles!

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