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A Few Important Tips When Choosing a Mosaic Tile for Bathrooms or Kitchens

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A mosaic tile is one that has a mixture of tile colors, rather than a monochrome tile. A mosaic can be in a certain pattern so that the colors form a type of picture, or they can simply be mixed together for more depth and visual appeal versus a tile of the same color. Adding a mosaic tile of any sort to a kitchen or bathroom is a bit tricky, more so than adding standard monochrome tiles. Note a few tips for choosing and installing this type of tile design so you know you're happy with it for years to come.

A larger space should mean a larger tile

Since the mosaic pattern or design will mean all those tiles will be very visible and will stand out against each other, you want to use a larger tile for a larger space. Opting for very small tiles in a number of different colors over a large space is how a mosaic soon looks cluttered and busy. This is especially true if you choose a mosaic with a lot of different colors and not just one or two variations. Choose subway tile for large kitchen splashbacks and shower surrounds and for larger bathroom flooring, and save very small mosaic tiles for small powder rooms or for splashbacks in very small kitchens.

Use mosaics in just a part of the tiled area

If you're worried about a mosaic looking cluttered but still like the look of a mosaic, use it in just one area and surround it with solid tile. As an example, you might put a mosaic strip in the middle of solid tile horizontally along the kitchen splashback, or add a strip of mosaic tile on your bathroom floor in between sections of solid tile. Use the mosaic to highlight one feature in a bathroom, such as creating a frame around the mirror or putting a vertical section of mosaic tile up the wall behind the commode. This will keep it from being overwhelming and yet allow it to stand out.

Consider the ease of installation

If you're installing your own mosaic tile, note if sections of tile are attached to a backing. If you try to install one small tile at a time, the job may become much more cumbersome than you expected. However, many smaller tiles on a large section of backing that you adhere to the floor can be easier and faster overall. This also makes it easier to replace a section of tile if they should get broken or otherwise damaged in the future.