Jazz up a backsplash, countertop or floor with decorative tiles or borders.
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Decorative Tiles and Borders
The versatility of tile is limited only by one’s imagination. There is no end to what you can create by adding decorative borders or by mixing different materials all together. Simply by introducing decorative accent tiles, you can take the monotony out of a solid feel to of the same size and color tile. You can jazz up a backsplash or a wall by bringing in contrasting colors and specialty tiles. You can add a simple bond of tile to give a wall an extra detail or as a raised border between surfaces.
The specialty tiles and decorative borders available are endless. One type of decorative border is called listello. These tiles come with elaborate designs molded or embossed on them. Listello tiles are also typically thicker than regular tiles, which makes them standout from the crowd. They can be used to dress up a backsplash, frame a countertop or give a shower wall a classy detail. You can also take totally different kinds of tile and intersperse them around the space for a striking look.
Lively mosaic tiles can be applied in larger open spaces or as a border. Mosaic tiles come in easy to install sheets that you can place directly on your prepared surface. You may want to include specialty tiles that compose an elaborate design. These are perfect as the focal point of a room, above the bath or centered over a countertop. Certain specialty tiles can also add flair to room, either on there own or mixed it with other tiles.
Metal tiles can add a trendy industrial look to even the most bland kitchen or bathroom. Plus, metal tiles are as durable as they are stylish, easily resisting the chipping, common to stone or ceramic tile.
Pebble tiles meanwhile are a great way to bring the outdoors indoors. Like most mosaic tile, pebbles come on a mesh backing that makes for easy installation.
There are also glass tiles that have a sparkling brilliance, all their own. These tiles are made from small shards of glass melted and formed into squares. They can be of five inch sheets or as singles. To make the most of the see through quality of the glass, it is important to use a white adhesive or white additive behind them. These will help them standout.
There are so many ways to make any room you tile your very own one of a kind design. You can get lots of ideas from home magazines and by visiting your local tile showrooms. Whether you are just using specialized tiles or mixing different types of tiles, it is good to plan out your design in advance. Some types of tile are only suitable for specific applications. So, you many want to share your layout and tile choices with an expert before embarking on the project.
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