How to Incorporate Mosaic Tiles into Your Kitchen
Tiles are ideal in the kitchen for their easy cleaning and durable properties. However, many people are so concerned with functionality that they completely ignore style. We believe that this needs to change, which is why our friends at Tile Monkey are here to share their tips on using mosaic tiles to upgrade your kitchen! Mosaic tiles can create and facilitate a variety of atmospheres meaning there is something to suit your home no matter what.
Mosaic tiles were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans and later in Islamic architecture, thus in a modern setting they evoke the same elegance and sophistication – the difference now is the wider variety of colours and styles. Colours should be used in a way that compliments the other tones in the room, such as black and white, beige and brown, or blue and sandy tones. For example, a white floor paired with bold coloured mosaic tiles will combine the classic and modern exquisitely, and add character and vibrancy without being overwhelming. Terracotta mosaic tiles can create a Mediterranean or rustic theme depending on whether they are paired with natural colours or blues, respectively. Mosaic tiles often combine colour schemes too, giving you multiple tones to work with and better integrate into your kitchen.
Shades share the same concept, in that light shades should be paired together, particularly in rooms with lots of natural light, to create an illusion of a larger and brighter room. Some mosaic tiles (especially smaller ones) have a reflective effect that will help achieve this too, as well as making a room look cleaner. This would be useful for making kitchen spillages less noticeable. Darker tones combined can create an image of high class or even a rustic theme, so should be chosen if you are aiming for these looks.
Mosaic tiles can be used on an entire wall for an all-encompassing consistent look, or in carefully chosen positions such as the middle strip of a wall among otherwise plain tiles. It is argued that if you cover the entire wall, it is better when the room has little wall space to begin with due to the presence of cupboards for example, as this prevents an overwhelming look – but this is simply down to a matter of preference and whether you would prefer and sophisticated or homely look. Mosaic tiles can also be used to suit ingrained features of your kitchen. For example, if you have a protruding section of wall that seems empty, mosaic tiles would be perfecthere. Another popular option is a backsplash area behind a sink or oven for protecting the wall from splashes – both functional and attractive. There are also designs available that can help create an artistic mural if you are looking to add more personality to your kitchen.
Shape and Style
Finally, the style of the tiles is important, as long, thin, bricklike tiles can create a classy or rustic feel that differs greatly from the classic homely look of small square tiles. Again, this depends on the colour, placement, and the amount used too, showing how important it is to combine all elements perfectly.
If you’re after something a little different, hexagon tiles could be exactly what you’re looking for. These shaped tiles offer something more unique and artistic for a more modern twist on your kitchen compared to square variations. Rectangle tiles are also common, and can combine glass, stone and other materials, again for a unique effect. Clearly there are mosaic tiles for all themes and tastes, which is why we recommend them to beautifully update your kitchen, help you feel at home and impress guests for years to come.