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Mosaic Marble is Beautiful Tile

by Matt Goering

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Ask anybody to give you a list of the most beautiful, show stopping, and durable tiling options available to today's homeowners and marble is almost always sure to make the top 5. But what about mosaic marble? Truth is, few homeowners are aware of the beautiful and eclectic world of mosaic marble tile. It looks great everywhere larger marble tiles can be installed, and because of its size and versatility, it's actually well suited to a number of other applications where larger marble tiles are not.

Mosaic Marble: A Primer
Mosaic marble refers to any of a number of tiling products cut in the small mosaic tile tradition, and that can be used for anything from backsplashes to flooring to decorative murals. In fact, it's the versatility of these tiles that so many homeowners are surprised by. Everyone knows mosaic tile can be a fun and exciting tiling option, but mosaic also carries with it an artsy, craftsy, less formal stigma as well. That may be the case with the bright colors and unconventional shapes of glass and ceramic mosaic tile, but marble tile is actually a very traditional material that looks great in relaxed and formal areas alike.

Mosaic Marble Design
These tiles look just as good as larger marble when it comes to colors and appearance. In fact, every shade, texture, color, and design you can think of in larger tile is available in mosaic varieties. Where mosaic surprises many homeowners is in the number of other tiling designs made possible by the small size of the tile itself. Herringbone, brick patterns, small squares, and designs made from less conventional shapes such as hexagonal, octagonal, and diamond shaped marble tile can help set any marbled mosaic tile surface apart from more traditional tiling materials.

Mosaic Marble Looks Great Anywhere
Because mosaic tiles combine the beauty and formality of marble with the more laidback, relaxed feel of mosaic, they really do look great installed just about anywhere in the home. Using these tiles to create kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and even floors and walls, is a wonderful way to find a balance between the class of stone tile and the more antiquated look of using smaller tiles to cover larger spaces. They are excellent in bathrooms and showers, since the smaller tiles actually create a less slippery surface (something that can be a real problem with larger marble tile). And if you're looking for something a bit more unique, maybe a wall mural is what you're after.

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Mosaic Marble is Nothing New
Different marble tile designs have been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, to create long lasting, beautiful, mosaic wall murals across Europe and the Americas. From abstract contemporary design to renaissance and medieval style portraits, mosaic marble can be used to do it all. And once you have a marble mural commissioned for your home, you'll know that it is one piece of art that's going to last as long as your home is standing.

Talk to Professional Tile Installers or Artists about Mosaic Marble
Depending on the nature of these installations, many homeowners choose to hire a mosaic marble tile installation job out to a professional tile installer, though that's not always the case. Tile sheets are gaining in popularity, and make tiling large areas in mosaic tile much easier than it used to be. If you're a DIY'er type, these sheets of mosaic tile are certainly worth looking into. Otherwise, talk to a professional experienced in working with mosaic tile, marble, or any other type of tile, about helping you to design and install the best tiling project possible for your home and personality.

Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.