Mosaic is a grateful ceramic detail which we can use in various ways – not only in the kitchen or bathroom, but also in the living room, hallway, and even in the office. In each case, it brings a breath of elegance and fantasy to the interior. Mosaic decorates, improves proportions, emphasises the taste of the hosts. See in which rooms it will present itself in the most effective way.

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Mosaic is nothing more than miniature ceramic tiles – not necessarily in the shape of squares. They may have the form of stripes, rhombuses, circles, hexagons or arabesques. Mosaics are usually offered in the form of “plasters” symmetrically arranged on paper strips, so that they can be easily assembled and cut to the required size. Mosaics can be in the shape of small forms with slightly rounded edges – then they are pressed mosaics, produced in monoporosa monocottura or glazed porcelain technologies.

Mosaics with sharp edges are created by cutting larger ceramic tiles into small fragments. In one “plaster”, such cut mosaics can often have particles of various surface (for example matt and polished one), different colour or different dyeing of the colour (deliberate shading effect), as well as glass or metallized inserts. Computerised production allows both random and carefully planned mixing of ceramic cubes. The palette of various shapes and patterns lets you create magical, beautiful decorations in every space intended for people – both private and public space.

Playing with a tiny geometric form

Small diamonds and hexagons can be used as an ornament in almost any interior. Subdued colours – ashen and grey, and two types of surface – polished and matt – are enough to add this “thing” to the interiors, which the designer and investors most care about, they aim for introducing originality to the interior. The room of its multiple uses is almost unlimited: from independent geometric pictures, exposed in special frames, through decorative stripes, single inserts, use as a framework of mirrors and jambs, separation of functional zones in bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bars, offices, lounges, and halls.

Tiny tiles in the shape of hexagons or diamonds subtly decorate interiors of different styles

You do not need much to bring an exclusive chic into the interior. Just a few mosaic tiles with a marble motif, for instance.

White and hexagons in the kitchen

White tiles in the kitchen and bathroom belong to one of the most often selected because they are neutral, fit any style, and at the same time add spaciousness to the interior. However, white tiles do not necessarily have to have a typical rectangular shape. We can boldly use small hexagonal tiles with an ideal honeycomb shape. Such a treatment will make the kitchen look at least six times more attractive. Hexagonal shape is a decoration in itself – especially multiplied in the form of a small mosaic.

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White tiles in the form of a tiny hexagonal mosaic can be the main decoration of the kitchen (not only a kitchen in a vintage style).

Geometric mosaic in a restaurant and kitchen

Geometry in subtle colours is one of the most fashionable trends in recent times, which is why it is more and more often found in gastronomic facilities. We are also able to find interesting geometric figures among mosaics. In addition to traditional mosaic forms, mosaics in unusual shapes are also available. Mosaic in the shape of quite large cut diamonds, arranged in 3D spatial effects, introduces into the interior interesting dynamics, creating the illusion of concave and convex forms. Irregular combinations of ceramics with plaster also dynamise the arrangement. At the same time, the neutral colour of the tiles allows you to keep harmony in the restaurant interior.

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Warm, stone beige plus attractive geometric forms of cut mosaic make the restaurant’s interior look friendly and original.

Surely, geometrical mosaic forms are not reserved exclusively for restaurants and cafés. They will also work perfectly well in private, home kitchens, dining rooms – and wherever we care about sophisticated originality. Nothing prevents you to decorate them with, for example, a part of the wall in the living room, bedroom or hall.

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Hexagonal tiles in powder colours will work great in both the kitchen and the living room.

Just like a mosaic

The effect of tiny mosaic decorations is also available in an easier to arrange and more economical version. We are talking here about decorations of wall collections, which are embossed on a larger 25×40 cm tile, and their motif resembles and looks like various, mosaic patterns. Ornamented with such decorations, the surfaces add elegance to the room. In addition, it is cleaned much easier than a real mosaic (where there is a large area of joints), which is why this idea will work perfectly well, for example, between kitchen cabinets and a countertop.

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The kitchen with a classic layout is ornamented with a belt of “mosaic” decorations between the cabinets and the countertop.

To stimulate a mosaic effect, we can analogically use wall tiles of standard size with a linear structure or graphics – so fashionable and popular in recent seasons. Gentle geometric forms in bright, stone greys create an impression of intricately combined, cut ceramic shapes.

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The subtle geometry of the tile graphics creates the illusion of a mosaic on the walls.

Mosaic in a living room

Mosaic does not seem to look as originally in the living room as in any other interior because it is not a frequent visitor there. The more so it is worth taking it into account when designing this representative place. We can achieve remarkable effects with small means. Nearly all ceramic collections made in glazed porcelain technology, supplemented with mosaics, are suitable for this.

Dream of having a fireplace, when we live in a block of flats, can be cleverly fulfilled by creating a safe replacement in the form of a pile of wooden logs. Such a home “bonfire” can be laid out with an elegant mosaic cube. The aesthetic effect will give the illusion of a living fire.

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Mosaics made in glazed porcelain technology can be used both on the floor and on the walls of a living room.

The effect of geometrical mosaic in the “giant” scale can also be achieved by using selected large format ceramic tiles. Several available geometric graphics are enough to bring absolute uniqueness into the interior.

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Imitation of the giant mosaic can be done in the living room using tiles with a geometric motif.

Mosaic in the leading role in a bathroom

Surely, the favourite rooms of mosaics are the bathrooms. However, they are rather rarely selected as the only ceramic cladding. More often they perform the function of an ornament – complementary or dominant. Sometimes decorative mosaic stripes also designate functional zones in the bathroom.

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Shower area is decorated with a spectacular dark mosaic in the shape of diamonds.Aleksandra_Bartoszuk
White mosaic cubes – this is one of the most popular mosaics designs in bathrooms.

Single accents

Mosaics in the hands of creative interior arrangers can also be used as a minimal decorative accent – as in the case of joining in the corners of larger tiles with individual mosaic tiles. Such a “classicising” treatment makes the appearance of walls and floors extremely attractive, especially in the elegant, high flats of old tenement buildings.

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Black spots on white tiles will prove themselves not only in traditional arrangements.

Mosaic glass

Our presentation would obviously be incomplete without the extremely attractive glass mosaics. Glass cubes, diamonds, and rings have the charm of jewellery sparkles. They brighten the interior and bring modern glamour to them.

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The caramel colours and transparency of the glass introduce a charm to the interiors.

Mosaic forms are not only very visually appealing. For instance, they allow you to finish off round surfaces – rounded corners, oval bathtubs, shelves, and countertops.

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Glass cubes are not only nice – they also allow for a neat, attractive finish on irregular surfaces.

TO SUM UP:

  1. Mosaics is a very grateful decorative element which works well in private interiors and public facilities.
  2. Mosaics are an original decoration of the kitchen, dining room, restaurants, salons and bathrooms.
  3. In addition to classic, typical squares and rectangles, mosaics are available in a wide range of shapes and formats.
  4. Trendy miniature hexagons, diamonds and wheels bring intriguing dynamics to interiors.
  5. In addition to the typical cut and pressed mosaics, as a cheaper and easier to care alternative, we can consider imitation mosaics on larger tile formats.
  6. Glass mosaics are one of the most effective forms of these tiny decorations.
  7. Mosaics allow for an attractive finish of oval, round, and other irregular surfaces.

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