Make a Room Sparkle with Mosaics

If you're planning a bathroom re-fit, or even if you just want to add a bit of extra sparkle to your existing décor, then you can really make an impact with our mosaic tiles. A concentrated splash of colour can make a real difference to your bathroom, and it's not at all difficult to do.

Large blocks of colour can be overpowering in bathrooms - particularly small ones - so we naturally sway towards neutral tones that produce a calm and tranquil environment when it comes to bathrooms. But small mosaic patterns can be inserted in a number of different ways to complement the paler tones.

Add a splash of colour with a feature wall made up of iridescent mosaic tiles. It doesn't have to be a big wall, and to make the most of your natural light it's usually best to leave the paler shades on the surfaces directly opposite your window, as these will reflect the light back into the room.

Alternatively, you can create the feeling of a luxury spa in your home with a feature panel - a strip of mosaic tiles running down the centre of a wall. This works best when surrounding your shower unit, leaving the paler tiling free from fixtures than interrupt the shade.

Mosaic tiles can also be used to create eye-catching borders, splitting the walls in two with a horizontal band of colour. If you choose your colours carefully, you can even use to different - yet complementary - shades above and below the border to create the classic Victorian look.

If you have an awkward space in your bathroom, perhaps where there is a recessed area or an irregular shape from a sloping roof, mosaic patterns can help here too. Cutting larger pale tiles to shape and slotting them into the area can be difficult and leave you with a rather untidy look, but the small size and colour of mosaic tiles makes it easy to work to the edges and produce an attractive look.

Once you've seen what mosaic tiles can do for your bathroom, then there is nothing stopping you from taking the technique into your kitchen. A mosaic pattern behind your hob, for example, could lead naturally up to the ventilation hood above it as well as disguising any grease splatters from your saucepans.

It's true that creating a mosaic pattern is more time-consuming than fitting larger tiles, but you fix them to the wall in the same way, and the results can be spectacular. We recommend measuring up your space and laying out your mosaic pattern on a piece of cardboard or wood beforehand, so you can switch the little panels around until you get the perfect look before you transfer them to your wall.

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