Mosaic for the bathroom
Mosaic is an effective way of decorating the premises with compositions composed of small parts. Mosaic gives the interior a luxurious appearance and dynamism, violating the boring monotony of simple cladding. Using this type of decoration, you can create a unique artistic interior in a simple bathroom, using mosaics to create entire story panels, for filigree inserts in furniture, for finishing columns, bends, roundings, as a border and a frame when zoning the bathroom.
Modern options are more convenient for installation than before: instead of stacking the pieces individually, fragments made of such elements (chips) are already used, often with a drawn pattern. The compositions are fixed on any basis, flexible or rigid.
Floor mosaic is a special material that differs from the wall in a larger thickness in order to withstand increased loads.
Mosaic has such attractive characteristics as:
- originality and decorativeness;
- moisture resistance;
- immunity to temperature extremes;
- strength due to hardening at high temperatures;
- resistance to the use of chemicals.
Mosaic for the floor can also be anti-slip – in this case, at the last stage of manufacture, it is covered with coarse powder.
A variety of mosaic materials for bathrooms
For the manufacture of mosaics used in bathrooms, use a variety of materials.
Glass mosaics can be made in a variety of shapes, colors and from various mixtures with the addition of minerals. It effectively refracts the color, may have transparency or dullness. Such a mosaic is easy to clean, does not absorb moisture at all, but you should not use any abrasive substances to it.
Ceramic mosaic is universal: it can be used for bathrooms, bathrooms, pools, for floors and walls. The mosaic in the form of ceramic mosaic tiles does not bend, but differs in strength and durability, tolerates increased loads, can be cleaned by any means of household chemicals.
L’Antic Colonial products in the Air collection represent the whole wealth of ceramic mosaic chips: round, hexagonal, square with beveled edges, with different structures.
Mosaic made of metal (copper, brass, nickel, stainless steel) is a metal plate fixed on the basis. Due to the characteristic ebb, this type of finish is extremely beautiful. In addition, metal mosaic has a long service life and high strength.
One of the most spectacular is the L’Antic Colonial Gravity collection with squares or hexagons creating an uneven surface in steel or gold tint.
The stone mosaic is the oldest type of decor. For bathrooms, polished or roughened stones are used. Glass splashes that create the effect of semi-precious stones can be added to such a mosaic.
The L’Antic Colonial Luxury collection is a harmonious set of stone blocks with a different or uniform structure.
Mosaic mix – a combination of elements from all of the above mosaics: stone, glass, ceramic, metal.
The surface of the mosaic chips can be:
- matte ;
- glossy ;
- semi-matt (lappated) ;
The glossy surface is bright, radiant, it visually expands the space.
The uneven, embossed surface on the glossy chips creates a play of light on every small cell, which gives an impressive effect.
The matte surface does not cast glare and allows you to enjoy the graphic of an uneven texture or pattern.
Particular attention should be paid to the surface of the mosaic for the floor. It is recommended in this case to choose matte or lappated options that, due to the roughness, will not slip too much.
Sizes and varieties of the basics.
Mosaic chips are from 1×1 to 5×5 cm, the thickness is usually 4 or 6.5 mm. Thicker parts are well suited for flooring. Individual elements can be square, rectangular, round, hexagonal, irregular in shape.
To facilitate installation, parts of about 30×30 cm in size (plus or minus 2 cm) are made up of parts.
Matrices can have a ceramic base – this is typical for mosaic ceramic tiles and for metal mosaics. Glass tile is mounted on a flexible grid. Ceramic chips are glued to a paper base.
Different fundamentals suggest a different approach to installation.
Features of laying mosaics taking into account different basics
If the basis of the mosaic is paper, then the chips are attached to it with the front side, and after installation and drying, the paper is removed.
The mesh base is seated on a thin layer of transparent glue. The flexibility of the grid ensures that the mosaic fits even in curved sections, but it also creates difficulties during the installation. The flatness of the laying will be ensured by a perfectly aligned surface with a plaster or drywall. For joining the matrices, it is better to use a reliable method with cross-shaped inserts – so there will be less chance that the mosaic will begin to “walk”.
Mosaic ceramic tiles are laid easier, it does not stretch, it is easier to achieve uniformity of pressing with it. In addition, under such a tile, you can use any, and not just transparent or suitable in tone, tile glue.
Thanks to the wealth of materials and the wide possibilities of modern technology Spanish mosaic still remains an excellent interior solution for the bathroom. At the same time, the choice of the high-quality mosaic is becoming more and more.