The shape of things to come
Friday 15 May 2015, Written by Nan Nawrocki Tags: Natural Stone
Mosaics are probably the most versatile of all tiling formats: small pieces of glass / stone / shell / ceramic / porcelain / metal (or a combination of all or any of these) are all held together on the reverse side, usually by a mesh backing (some have a film or paper facing).
The advantages of the mosaic sheet are:
- they can be easily cut into strips for using as a border or an accent
- are forgiving on less than perfect surfaces
- can even be used on curves (not something you can do with an ordinary tile)
If you haven't tiled with mosaics before, then fear not - they can be fixed in the same way as ceramic or porcelain tiles with adhesive and grout and sometimes so much easier! View our Fixing Guide for full details.
So with this in mind, if you are looking for something a little different for your next project you'll find plenty of choice in our Mosaics ranges, whether it's a mosaic for a border or a feature panel, for a splashback or as a backdrop. Here's a selection of some of the new products with a few ideas of how they can be incorporated in your designs.
It's easy to see why the hexagon is so favoured by interior designers, with its eye catching and harmonious structure. Four of the five hexagonal glass mosaics in the new Collection are subtly textured with colours ranging from pale to dark, all with a touch of iridescence. Interlocked in combination (as with Voni and Genau) or stand-alone, these hexagons all provide a refreshing alternative to squares and rectangles.
You can ring the changes with other interesting shapes as well, such as the penny rounds of Tavo, Enaze and Cora and the wavy form of Ares, Hades, Theia and Eos.
All these organic shapes work well alongside natural (or natural-effect) materials such as wood, stone and metals.
Mosaics made from mother of pearl shell consistently top the list of customer favourites and now we've added three more colour options: Gold Pearl, Mother of Pearl Light and Dark. All our shell mosaics have a subtle shimmer that changes under different lighting, providing a luxurious background in your home.
As with all the mosaics in the new Summer Collection, those mentioned above are all suitable for bathrooms, showers and kitchens - but why stop there? Walls in bedrooms, dressing rooms, cloakrooms and living areas can all be transformed with a judiciously placed border, a panel of contrasting colour or texture, a tiled alcove or full feature wall.
You can view the whole Collection in the new brochure.
Look out for more on our new mosaics in next week's blog, and check out our inspiration page for mosaics in different shapes and formats. There's are our Pinterest pages too for even more ideas!