Before understanding how one can utilize mosaic tiling and get the best effect, they must at least start at the beginning and that involves understanding what exactly mosaic tiling is and what it involves. First off, a mosaic is a picture or design that is created by many smaller pieces of material. Most mosaic tiles are 2 inches or smaller and are found in home improvement stores or craft stores. They are mostly shaped as squares, but can also be shaped in different shapes and figures. Mosaic tiles are made up of different materials such as glass, ceramic and porcelain. Mosaic tiling is a fun and creative way to liven up ones bathroom wall or floor.
The first thing to consider when starting your mosaic tiling project is the design. When it comes to choosing a design the saying less is more can be truer than anyone knows. It is possible to create a simple design while only using a few complementing colors. An important thing to remember is that you need to glue each piece on individually at a time. It is best to plan accordingly so you can get the most out of your tiles. Before you begin laying the tile it is recommended to find the exact center of the wall by using a tape measure and a chalk or pencil line. By doing this you can be consistent in laying the tile and make sure that it is even.
Along with design it is important to decide your color scheme and consider using the four basic quantities of color which are hue, tone, intensity and temperature. The hue is the family that a color belongs to such as red, purple and blue. The tone is the lightness of the color. Intensity is the color’s depth. And temperature refers to the warmth or coolness of the colors. It is possible to have colors of different hues, but matching tones to complement each other fairly well. For example the colors pink and orange are different families of color, however if you use a light pink and a light orange together you create a combination of colors that would work well together. On the other hand varying color temperature or intensity can clash, although if done right clashing colors can be used as a way to make your bathroom aesthetically pleasing.
After your mosaic tiles are placed as you want them the next and final step is usually to grout. Grout is a paste made from water and grouting powder that is used to seal the gap between tiles and lock them into place. It is also used to aid in keeping the mosaic tiling clean by preventing dirt from seeping into the cracks. When deciding what grout you are going to use you should always continue color. The choice of color can accent the mosaic tiling perfectly or it can be used to add a bit of contrast. If you are not sure then a gray color is the best option as it tends to go together with most colors.