Mosaic tiles have the power to transform a plain surface into an artistic masterpiece popping with boldness and style. Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom suffering from a blah look, mosaic tile is exactly what you need to up your décor. From bright and splashy colours to simple minimalist tiles, there are numerous options available in stores and online.
There are various materials you can choose from when shopping for mosaic tiles. Some common ones include ceramic, porcelain and slate. Glass is also a common option for homeowners and it’s what we are going to look at in this home improvement guide. Glass mosaic tiles have several advantages;
- They Have High Visual Appeal: Glass mosaic tiles tend to have a shiny luminous style that creates an extra bright and spacious look in a room. When you combine them with well-positioned kitchen lighting, a dramatic lighting effect is the result.
- Plenty of Options Available: Home and tile stores stock a large variety of glass mosaic tiles. You can get them in almost every style and colour. Some are designed to give off a metallic look while others resemble mirrors.
- They Provide a Lot of Flexibility in Design: You can use glass mosaic tiles in numerous applications, not just your kitchen backsplash. They can be combined with metal and stone elements for a dash of pizzazz in your bathroom, they can be used on luxury table tops, and can even be used to design artwork for your home.
- They Last a Long Time and Are Easy to Maintain: Because of their smooth non-porous surface, glass mosaic tiles are easy to maintain. They do not stain and any dirty or greasy spots can be quickly wiped with a wet cloth. The glass is also strong and resistant to most chemicals, making the tiles highly durable.
- Glass Mosaic Tiles Are Better for the Environment: That is, better than other types of mosaic tiles in comparison. You can choose an even eco-friendlier route by using recycled glass mosaic tiles
Where to Install Glass Mosaic Tiles
Glass tiles are non-porous and highly resistant to water, meaning that they will not be damaged by the moisture. The only place we would not recommend you use them is on the floor, where they would pose a safety risk because of their slipperiness. If you have to, use them on a floor area that is unlikely to get wet and give them a textured finish for traction.
You can also install mosaic glass tiles on the walls, especially just above the bathtub, where they provide an interesting focal point to gaze at while in the tub.
Here are some more creative uses of mosaic glass tiles around the home.
- Around the Fireplace: Glass tiles are tough enough to be used near the fireplace, and their ease of maintenance makes cleaning easy. Ideally, a subtle style of glass mosaic is best because it complements the fireplace without drawing attention from it. Soft colours such as grey, white and cream are especially great for use around the hearth.
- Accent Wall: Instead of limiting the mosaic tiles to just above the sink and below the cabinets, there are many other ways you can use them to style up your walls in any room. Be creative with your decorative patterns. You can install them in a wide band from top to bottom, install a series of mosaic tile bands at a half level along the length of a wall or even deck out an entire wall in them.
- In Your Backyard: Yes, you can use mosaic glass tiles outdoors. In fact, they withstand the elements far better than ceramic and porcelain tiles. You can use them in your outdoor kitchen, to decorate your porch or create a stunning water feature such as a fountain.
- Framing: If you love doing DIY picture or mirror framing, this one is for you. You can enhance the picture or mirror by placing small glass mosaic tile around it in a unique pattern.
- Flooring: Glass mosaic tile is considered a high-end flooring material. So before you opt for it, know that it is quite expensive. But when installed properly by a professional, the effect is stunning. But as mentioned above, be careful about installing it in wet areas such as the bathroom as it tends to get quite slippery. Also, consider adding a textured finish on the top to reduce the risk of slipping.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of things you can do with mosaic glass tile. The beauty, durability, and ease of maintenance of these tiles make them ideal for a wide range of applications, both inside and outside the house.