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While people have been utilizing various materials to make mosaics for centuries, some of the most beautiful mosaics are made from glazed tile, which first appeared in architecture around 1500 BCE. Today, the use of mosaic is anything but dead, and discerning designers, homeowners, and builders around the country are using basalt tile to add beautiful standard mosaic patterns to kitchens, bathrooms, and beyond.
Read on to learn more.
How Mosaic Finishes Add Depth and Beauty to Space
Mosaic tiles serve many purposes in an interior design setting. From adding visual interest or depth to creating a focal point or elongating a small area, mosaic tiles are ideal for adding flair to an interior space. Mosaic tile can also serve to add texture or pattern to an otherwise drab or dull area.
While there are dozens of ways to use mosaic tile in today’s design climate, many designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are using standard mosaic tiles to dress up functional areas like bathrooms and kitchens without sacrificing functionality, durability, or versatility.
How Basalt Tile Keeps the Mosaic Tradition Alive
In the days of old, one had to be a master artist or craftsperson to put together the small chips needed to create a beautiful mosaic. Today, however, the development of natural stone tile and the popularity of standard mosaic tiles has made the mosaic look and feel easier and more accessible than ever before.
Because of this newfound ease, mosaic patterns have begun to appear in hard surface products meant specifically for use in the home.
Today, one of the most popular materials used for hard surface mosaics is basalt tile. Basalt is an igneous rock formed from cooled lava and is famous for being the most abundant bedrock on earth.
Also located on Mars and the moon, basalt is a strong, varied stone that is commonly polished and used as an interior tile. Throughout history, basalt tile has been used in world-famous buildings like The Roman Theatre in Syria, and in such long-lasting structures as Rome’s city streets.
Beyond those ancient uses, basalt tile has become popular for use in homes and commercial environments. Today, this product offers a wide selection of unique, geometric designs (ranging from striking surfaces finishes such as Autumn Rain to modern tumbled, 3-dimensional varieties) that serve to keep the ages-old tradition of mosaic tile alive.
3 Things to Consider When Purchasing Basalt Tile
Secured to a backer made from a material like mesh, modern mosaic tile makes the installation process simple and eliminates the need to place tiles individually. Ideal for any space that requires a dramatic visual impact in a small area, these beautiful tiles are commonly used in bathrooms, showers, kitchens, and backsplashes.
It’s also common to see natural stone tiles used as decorative rims around private pools and hot tubs or in the foyers or entryways of high-end homes and office buildings.
While the uses of this tile are almost infinite, it’s important for buyers to be sure they’re purchasing the right variety for a particular application. With that in mind, here are three things to consider before buying basalt tile:
It is important to match the pattern of basalt tile to the size, style, and purpose of the space in mind. For example, the horizontal pattern of our 3D honed mosaic tile is ideal for creating a dramatic visual impact and providing the illusion of elongation in a narrow space, while the subdued yet elegant appearance of our 5/8x 5/8 polished basalt tile is ideal for visually balancing a tall space.
Basalt tile comes in a variety of natural colors, and buyers can choose tiles ranging from neutral grey to bold black and white. Thanks to the large color variety of basalt tile, it’s easy to find a shade that works with virtually any interior décor.
Some basalt tile mosaics are “busier” than others, which means that they are better suited for smaller spaces. While basalt tile mosaics are often used in entry walls and other large display areas, it’s important to remember that intricate basalt patterns are better left to small spaces. Otherwise, they risk appearing too overwhelming and noisy.
Basalt Tile: A Timeless Addition to Any Home
Basalt tile has been used in some of the most beautiful, ancient buildings around the world, so it stands to reason that it has gained a prominent spot in the domestic design market, as well. Beautiful, sturdy, timeless, and elegant, basalt tile is the ideal material to add visual interest, unique depth, and sturdy functionality to virtually any space in a home.
Interested in purchasing basalt tile for your upcoming project? Visit Deko Tile to search our large selection of basalt tile mosaics today!