Botella™ Indian Peacock Mosaic Tile is rated
Rated 5 out of
They aren't cheap compared to standard wall tiles so we used as the basin splash back to add a feature and some colour to the room. My other half is a plumber but I put these up as he thought they would be too fiddly! They come as a pre-made mosaic, attached to a sheet of brown paper, with instructions on (basically: fit to adhesive, leave, add water to paper, leave, peel off, move tiles around to suit).
I primed the plaster and then used a pre-mixed adhesive in a tub, and used this to first fit the metal edging to the wall. I then added adhesive for one mosaic panel and pressed it in, leaving for the required time. I added warm water with a sponge and peeled off the paper, it comes off really easily once it's soaked.
The edges are stepped so I pushed them outwards to line up with the metal edging.. this causes gaps further inwards, but you can then move the tiles around to even out the gaps as much as possible in the centre of the mosaic. Adding the second mosaic was slightly harder, as due to the stepped edging it was too large to fit in the gap. This worked out quite well as I ripped any tiles that didn't fit off of the brown paper, so the second mosaic panel then fitted within the trim. I could then use the spare tiles I had ripped off to fill in the gaps caused by sliding the stepped edge tiles out to line up with the metal trim.
You can see this causes some slightly larger grout gaps (e.g. third and sixth row down in photos) but this doesn't notice and ensures straight edges without having to add them individually (as one reviewer said their builder did). Because the adhesive is still wet when you do all this, the tiles can slip down, I used a flannel to even out the surface, and move the tiles back upwards towards the upper trim.
As a small addition they are excellent value for money as for £50 we have added a stylish and colourful feature to quite a small and dark room!
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 4 out of
Different colour to website photo but still gorgeous.
In my opinion these tiles are much darker than the well lit photo on the website. They are also really difficult to put up although my builder is amazing and did a great job. One of the big issues is that Topps Tiles recommend a certain adhesive to use and then don't sell it - how silly is that!
My builder soaked all the paper off and then put them up individually like a big jigsaw puzzle because he felt that was easier. I grouted mine in black so all you see are the tiles rather than be distracted by light grout. Some glue will still be left on them making them darker so wash off well.
If you can cope with all this they will transform your room.
Date published: 2017-12-10