Travertine mosaic tiles, along with other mosaic tiles are truly in a world of their own. Mosaic tiles have been well known throughout history as a decorative element in homes. Back then it took a long time to assemble piece by piece but in modern times the same effect can be achieved much faster with the use of cleverly constructed mosaic tiles.
The rich effect of “hand crafted” mosaic tiles adds another dimension to any interior and instantly attracts the eye.
In a mosaic sheet small pieces of stone, glass, marble, travertine or other materials come already pre-arranged forming one sheet. Having many pieces already put together in one sheet makes the application process much faster. Strong, tear resistant fabric support the pieces but can be easily cut to desired size.
Most Popular Mosaic Tiles
Glass mosaic tiles, a popular kitchen and bathroom choice, are made of thick and resistant pieces of glass. There are two main choices: square shaped which resemble a checkerboard or rectangle shape arranged like brickwork. The thickness of the glass creates stunning reflections from any light source and good lighting can enhance the effect.
Marble mosaic tiles are also very popular and marble has been used for ages as a primary decorative material especially in mediterranean homes. Colors and tones range from beige to reds and blacks. Marble is a resistant natural material and will become more beautiful with age.
Travertine mosaic tiles have a special appeal as their porous and uneven limestone surface creates a nice “aged” effect. There are many cream-coloured varieties on the market that work really well in bathrooms. For kitchens there is also a large range of tones from light browns to red and yellow tiles.
Stone mosaic tiles use stones in both single or various colors. Often exotic stones are used to add more detail to the texture. There is also a range of tiles using small pebbles but it needs to be handled by a professional as the fixing can be more challenging.
There is no limit to colours, finishes or arrangements you can find on the market as retailers offer many choices of mosaic tiles. The more exotic the material used, the more stunning the effects will be that would never be achieved using a standard tile.
Other Mosaic Tile Uses
Another very effective decorative application is to use a mosaic tile as a border. Instead of covering the whole area with mosaic, the sheets can be cut down to create borders.
Mosaic Tiles Installation
The mosaic tiles come in sheets which are flexible and need to be aligned properly with other tiles so there are no visible spaces between the sheets. They can be easily cut between the stones to the desired shape with any utility knife. The tiles also need to be taped down to make the surface even.
There is virtually no limit to where the mosaic tiles can be placed. Obviously bathrooms and kitchens are the most popular choice but well chosen tiles will add value and increase aesthetics of any area as the materials used in mosaics like marble and travertine don’t seem to date.