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Mosaic Tiles in the Bathroom: The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetics

Mosaic Tiles in the Bathroom: The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetics

Mosaic tiles are an iconic mark of Ancient Roman civilisation. Wherever they and their influence spread, rest assured you’d find extensive examples of mosaic art within the ruins of their ancient villas, marking that land as their own. However mosaics did not start with the Romans, nor did it end when their empire in the West did. Today mosaic tiles form a very popular form of home decoration, in the bathroom not least of all.

However what are the advantages behind using mosaic tiles? And what are the cons?


First and foremost, mosaic tiles are aesthetically very appealing. They can in a wide variety of shapes, colours, sizes and patterns, and they allow you nearly complete control of how you design your bathroom. You can have anything as simple as a single colour bathroom with various tones, or go full out and try to recreate your own Roman mosaic decoration, complete with bowls of grapes and flying naked cherubim.

Whatever design you choose, the result is a very stylish and very personalised bathroom.

Another advantage inherent in the makeup of the tiles is that they’re very clean. Most mosaic tiles are glazed, giving them a smooth and glossy surface that’s very easy to clean. Because of their near mirror-like surface, it’s very difficult for dirt and germs to be able to build up within your tiles, and they can be scrubbed away with very little effort and good cleaning supplies.

The glassy surface of the tiles also grants them yet another major advantage: they’re very luminous. Because they reflect the light so well, you can be assured that your bathroom will be very well illuminated if you use mosaics for your walls and floors.  It’s also surprisingly durable -- only a really sharp, direct force will be enough to shatter the tiles, although they’re not entirely impervious to damage.

Finally, they’re very green. A mosaic tile costs a lot less in carbon and materials to make than a ceramic tile. You can also use recycled glass for that extra dash of green manufacture.


The glassy surface however also makes the tiles very susceptible to slippage when wet. They offer next to know grip, and as such rubs or wet feet may result in accidents if you are not careful. Likewise while they may not shatter easily, the tiles can still be scratched. This is very unseemly, and may diminish the shine a little.

One other disadvantage is that they don’t hold heat very well. In the colder winter months, you may find your tiles very cold and uncomfortable to walk on. This will necessitate the use of rugs, which as noted above may result in them slipping about the bathroom, although you can buy rubber-bottomed non-slip rugs to negate this effect and increase the safety of your bathroom.

Perhaps the biggest problem however is the cost. The tiles are expense to produce and thus expensive to buy, a single tile possibly costing you nearly £7 or £8 if you bargain hunt. Coloured tiles will be even more costly, and a single square metre of patterned tiles may create a deep impression in your wallet indeed. Make sure you can actually afford these tiles before you start to design your bathroom around them, or seek a cheaper alternative.

For more information about mosaic tiles, visit the website of Crown Tiles. You can also contact them directly by phoning 0800 156 0756.

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