So you want to make your tiling something unique and spectacular. Mosaics can give your tiling that distinctive lift.
What are mosaics? Glad you asked!
As many people know, mosaics are images made from small pieces of coloured ceramics, glass, stone or similar materials.
In their original form, mosaics were combinations of small coloured stones that were used to tile ancient squares, streets, yards, gardens, villas and arcades.
A time-honoured and timeless form of art dating back to 3500BC, the Ancient Romans and Greeks were huge on them and mosaics as a style really came into their own in the early AD years.
Mosaics are durable, spectacular and highly flexible.
Because of their size, mosaic tiles can be applied to undulating and curved surfaces – they’ll work on almost anything from interior walls to pool floors and steps.
Think of the possibilities, either using mosaic tiles as a highlight, in geometric patterns or as a centrepiece of a design.
Artists who work in the field of mosaics are known as mosaicists.
The good news is that thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, any competent DIY tiler can be a mosaicist.
This is because today’s mosaic tiles are not only produced individually but in sheets. These can be cut to size to make working in this form relatively easy.
Beaumont Tiles has a broad range of mosaic tiles. From glass to natural stones, metal or glass…there’s a lot to choose from.
Two of the hottest trends in Australia are Hexagonal and Penny Round mosaic tiles.
Both feature tiles that are small in size but supplied in sheets, giving the appearance of an intricate design without requiring detailed handiwork.
Many of the mosaics in our range come in matte or gloss finish.
Some are available in slip resistant finish as well - so they work perfectly in places like bathrooms.
So is DIY tiling something the average person can do?
• Always remember: preparation and patience make perfect when it comes to laying tiles.
• Don't store your tiles in direct sunlight and make sure both the surface they're being laid on and the tiles themselves are clean.
• You should always follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to mix adhesives and take your time.
• Applying adhesive with the right tool can make all the difference. So can leaving the right gap - also known as an expansion joint - between tiles to allow for expansion.
• Lastly, leave your tiling job for 24 hours before applying grout.
Our How to Tile Guide has everything you need to know about DIY tiling.
Whether you're building and tiling an entire bathroom from scratch or just fitting new accessories, making over a kitchen, or bringing a sunroom or living room to life, the Beaumont Tiles How to Tile Guide has you covered.
Any DIY tiling job can be simple if you follow our detailed and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
We'll show you how to work out how many tiles you need through to choosing the right adhesives and grout. We'll outline the steps inbuilding and waterproofing a shower, right through to cutting holes in tiles for bathroomware and installing accessories.
Our How to Tile fact sheets have instructional videos demonstrating all the main steps of how to lay tiles. Hot links on this page will take you through to the relevant pages or you can use the menu. You can also download our fact sheets and print them out for even more convenience.
Our helpful tips and instructions on how to tile are for everyone from the most cautious beginner right through to the most experienced handyman (or woman). Check out the DIY section on our blog for more information and other helpful tips and tricks on how to lay tiles.
And remember - if you need more information the experts at your local Beaumont Tiles store are only too happy to help.
So let's get tiling!