If your home is your sanctuary, then even your bathroom will be an environment that conveys comfort, peace, and luxury. After all, it is a room that is likely to be used and appreciated daily! One way to create a soothing and appealing atmosphere in your bathroom is to use mosaic bathroom tiles. Tile is a material that was made for the bathroom, and by incorporating mosaic; you create the perfect blend of function, beauty, and style.
Mosaic bathroom tiles are nothing new. The bath played an important role in ancient Roman culture, and mosaic tiles were used to embellish the well-known Roman bathhouses, which were always impressive facilities that served as a spa, country club, and gym all rolled into one. Often, artists were commissioned to create mosaic designs on the walls and floors, which served both decorative and functional purposes. Tile is a waterproof surface that is easy to keep clean.
In addition, using light colored tile as a background enabled reflected light to brighten rooms with small or no windows.
The artisans of ancient Rome often used tile to display water motifs in the bathhouse such as dolphins, waves, or the water god, Neptune. Today, mosaics can be used in a variety of designs to suit any style. Whether it’s a bathroom you spend time in every day, or one you would like guests to enjoy, mosaic tiles offer the ultimate in versatility. Design and placement of your mosaic can be used to set the stage for the whole room.
For elegant floors, try a “carpet” design, which emulates the look of a rug from an ancient villa, complete with a border and lush geometric pattern. If you are making a statement with a carpet design on your floor, you can coordinate the rest of the bathroom with either solid colors or the use of border tile that ties in with your floor design. A tile “carpet” can look amazingly real and become the focal point of your bathroom.
Whether you go with a carpet design or a wall accent, borders can really tie your whole room together. Even if your floor is plain tile or another material, a mosaic border will give your room a dramatic flair. Borders can be used along the bottom or top of your bathroom walls, inside your shower, or along countertops. A border dividing a tiled area from a non-tiled surface is both striking and a great way to make use of varied textures.
Perhaps you’d like to have a more abstract, flowing feel. Concept mosaics provide the textures reminiscent of nature themes such as bamboo, shells, and leaves.
Some are simply geometric patterns that conjure the feeling of movement or tranquility. Mosaics derived from ancient patterns will offer a sense of timeless style. Concept mosaic bathroom tiles can be used for flooring, panels, backsplashes, or showers to turn your bathroom into a visually appealing and inviting space.
Mosaic bathroom tiles can also serve as your wall art, eliminating the need to hang a painting or photograph. Steam can be detrimental to a piece of fine art—unless it is made of tile, of course! A piece of “framed art” made out of tile is a stunning way to decorate your bathroom walls. Your wall art can be either integrated into a wall covered in tiles of a solid color, or be mounted as a single panel on a painted wall. It’s amazing how even a simple black and white design can emanate a sense of luxury. If you have a larger area to cover, consider a mural for high impact.
When deciding how to incorporate mosaic tiles into your bathroom design, consider your taste and the feeling you’d like to evoke. A bathroom can be a tranquil retreat from the world, and should also give the sense of being fresh and clean. Just because it’s a room that has such utility doesn’t mean you can’t make it enjoyable. In fact, it’s all the more reason to make this room pleasing to the eye. Consider the day-to-day pleasure you will derive from being surrounded by a sense of beauty and peace, and know that investing in your bathroom is a gift to yourself and your guests to be enjoyed for years to come.