Fitting And Sealing Pebble And Stone Mosaic Tiles

Red, black, honey and white river peggle mosaics
For stone tiles like pebble mosaics, marble and travertine

  1. The stone pieces are glued to a flexible backing so you can glue them in place using tile adhesive like you do with other tiles.
  2. Seal the stone tile after the adhesive has completely dried. This action will prevent the pebbles and stone tiles from absorbing the grout color. Allow the sealer to dry.
  3. Apply grout to the pebble tiles by pushing it into the spaces between the pebbles. Work slowly when doing this to fill in all gaps. When you have finished the entire area will be properly covered with grout.
  4. Allow the grout to set up and dry for around 20 minutes.
  5.  Sponge away the grout from the surface of the stones. The sponge should be damp, not dripping wet and dont push too hard, you dont want to remove the grout from between the stones. Rinse the sponge regularly.
  6. Leave the grout to dry for 24 hours.
  7. Apply sealer to the grout and stones.

Mosaic tiles that feature natural stone

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Mosaic: the pretty & the practical

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When it comes to decorating our homes we tend to lean towards the pretty rather than practical. And so what? Life is hard enough. What with taxes and public speaking to concern ourselves with.

Amidst the conflict between the pretty and the practical we seldom find a happy medium. That is until we begin discussing the anomaly that is the coloured tile. 

Mosaics have a long and, excuse the pun, rather colourful history. A history that lends itself to the balance between the pretty and the practical. A history that some of you might find rather fascinating.

Or perhaps, for the less historic minded of you, the history of mosaic can be seen as something useful. Useful, in its ability to convince your significant other of its rich historical and cultural value. And of course how, in its acquisition, it will add that much needed dimension of socio-historic culture to your all-be-it-lacking guest bathroom.

Historically, Mosaic has its roots in the practical. It was first used thousands (yes`, thousands) of years ago. Not as sophisticated as it would later become as an art form, mosaics were first made by positioning pebbles and stones into patterns that conveyed messages or directions (how practical). 

As an art form, records show that Mosaic has been around since the fourth millennium B.C. The first mosaics were found in Mesopotamia. They were made from an array of materials. Including shells, semi-precious stones and ivory. The Greeks played a significant part in discovery of mosaic. While the Romans played a role in its development.

St. Mark’s Basilica. The cathedral of Venice. Renowned for its Byzantine architecture and mosaics. Consecrated in 1094.

St. Mark’s Basilica. The cathedral of Venice. Renowned for its Byzantine architecture and mosaics. Consecrated in 1094.

“Christian art furthered the decorative technique in churches and other religious buildings, but under the Byzantines, mosaic art became a privileged language to express divine, supernatural and mystic themes. The use of manufactured materials, including gold, and the techniques of setting the tesserae at different angles and depths, created magical lighting effects.” (Goetz, 2007)

Mosaic is considered to be both a modern and an ancient art form. Its position on the continuum of modern art allows mosaic to remain “trendy”. And it remains a firm favourite in the ever-shifting world of interior design.

Emma Biggs, is a london-based mosaic artist. She founded the Mosaic Workshop, the largest mosaic studio in Britain, and produces private and public works around the world. Some of her most famous installations include Made in England, Five Sisters, London’s Wharf Walk pavement mosaics, and Mosaic Rill .

Mosaic tiles may be seen as contemporary derivative of Mosaic as an art form. Adding texture and interest to a room mosaic tiles are a pretty that always pleases. Practically, they can be used as a non- slip surface in showers.  

So what is so wrong with spending your well-earned pounds on a wall of colourful, and aesthetically pleasing tiles? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with that. If anything it will make your teeth-brushing ritual a more cultural experience.

Check out the great variety of mosaic tiles at Grand Taps. When in Rome do as the Roman’s do: http://www.grandtaps.co.uk/products/cat_763842-Mosaic-Tile-Samples.html

This post was inspired and drawn from A Journey Into the World of Mosaics: Historical and Contemporary Use By Lewis J. Goetz, FIIDA, FAIA

If you would like to read the entire article go to: http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/a-journey-into-the-world-of-mosaics-historical-and-contemporary-use

Colour Psychology: A guide to choosing colours for your home.

Grand Taps UK currently have released a marvelous range of mosaic tiles. Yay! Mosaic means colour, yes? Yes. Not sure which to pick? Have a glance at the rainbow-like infographic below, it’ll explain just when and why to use colour. colour psychology doesn’t just relate to tile and paint colours, it applies to every instance where colour is involved – branding, clothing, accessories, cars, (insert colourful item here), (and here) – you get the point.

We hope this assists you in creating the perfect atmosphere in your home.

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Infographic designed by Dale Anne Scogings

DIY: Furniture White-wash

Firnityre Whitewash Do It Yourself

By Dale Anne Scogings

You’ve just finished painting you bathroom and you have half a tin of white paint left. As you start cursing for not calculating correctly you spot that old piece of pine furniture that some long lost relative or ex-lover-spouse person built, varnished and gave to you because varnished-pine used to be cool. So what does one do with left over paint and outdated pine furniture? One white-washes it. That’s what one does.

You’ll need some paint thinners, a paint brush, some sandpaper (or an electric sander), some white paint (or any other colour for that matter) and one piece of dated furniture. Armed with these tools you can begin your process of freshening up your ‘unfresh’ furniture.

How? First you need to wipe down the pine surface, using a slightly damp cloth. Next up, you need to roll up your sleeves, don your dungarees, blast some music and get in touch with your inner carpenter. It’s sanding time. Using the sandpaper you need to remove all of the old varnish. Yay for a clean varnish-free-paint-wanting surface!

The fun part comes next. It’s Picasso time! Dilute your paint with the paint thinners and get painting. I usually go by the half-half ratio, but it’s totally up to you. For a darker wash use less thinners and for a lighter wash, use more thinners – simple. The same goes for the number of coats you do, yes? One coat might seem dark at the time of painting, but give it a few minutes and the wood would (say wood again) soak it right up. Going with my half-half ratio, I did about three coats of paint to get my rocking chair looking spiffy again.