If you make your own mosaic, you get a weekend of arts and crafts and an increase on your house’s value. Mosaic art dates back to ancient civilization. The Romans decorated their extravagant public bathhouses with mosaics. In these times, few people could afford to bathe at home, and going to the bathhouse was a daily social practice.
Nowadays, we turn our spas, our kitchens, and our entryways into a sanctuary by embellishing them with mosaic tiles.
Whether simple or intricate, a tile addition brings exotic beauty to any room.
To get started on a mosaic masterpiece, first decide where you plan to build it. Tile can be applied to wood, stone and concrete. This offers possibilities of building a mosaic on the floor around a Jacuzzi tub, on the wall behind the kitchen sink, or even on a table.
A dusty old antique could become the new chess table in the study. The next step is to browse mosaic tiles to get an idea of what palette of color will flatter the room where your mosaic will live. The color scheme can drastically effect the look of a mural. The floor mosaic in Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle Suite uses hints of 14k gold with colorful tiles. The entire castle is filled with mural mosaics, but this particular piece has only been seen in person by a select few, as the suite is only available to winners of a sweepstakes.
This kind of project would be a lot of fun for a family to do together, perhaps in a little girl’s bathroom. It looks complicated, but all you need to do is sketch your design on a piece of paper, measure your workspace and draw your pattern on the surface with the pencil. You don’t always have the make sure each tile fits the space perfect to scale from the drawing because you can stretch tiles to fit by making the gaps of grout bigger or smaller.
With a sketch, you will find where you might want Martini Mosaic’s blocco red tiles or piazza gray tiles to appear. Many shapes are possible with a wet saw. This tile cutter can be rented or bought at most hardware stores. Its blade picks up water and spins diamond dust to make a crisp cut on tile. When you’ve cut your tiles, you can place them together in the pattern you’ve drawn with a pencil to see how it looks. When you’re satisfied with a layout, it’s time to use tile adhesive to stick each piece down. Make sure the tiles are level. If one bulges up from the mosaic, it will need to be chipped out and replaced, which can be a real pain.
Use a trowel to spread grout into the cracks and crevices, scraping away any excess. With a wet sponge, polish the tiles clean. Grout can leave ugly stains. If you’re working with glass mosaic tiles, you will need to seal the grout and allow the sealant to dry overnight. If sealant gets on the glass, wash it away with warm water. Martini Mosaic produces eye-catching tile blends of glass and stone that make the extra step well worth the trouble.
The work area will need to have a lot of ventilation. You may even want to grab a work mask as the fumes will be quite strong. Making your own mosaic could occupy an entire weekend, but the addition raises the value of a home and is a great outlet for creativity.
Tile makes a room feel more luxurious for a number of reasons. It is visually appealing to a huge degree. Also, tile causes reverberation which makes a space feel bigger. The art of mosaic has been in style for thousands of years, and it’s not going out any time soon.