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Tile 101: Glass Tile

Sep-30-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Tile is an exciting decorating choice, and understanding your tile options will allow you to choose the best type for every tile need in your home. Let’s start with glass tile, a relatively new product.

Glass tile started in contemporary homes, but over the years even traditional stylists enjoy bringing it in as an accent. Its jewel-toned colors and glorious shine makes it ideal for smaller areas that could use more drama. The most common use is in kitchen backsplashes. A glass tile mosaic makes any kitchen more memorable.

Glass is not as durable as other types of tile, so it is rarely seen on floors. It also requires special installation because it is translucent or transparent. Don’t try to install it yourself. Instead, hire an installer who understands the special requirements of glass tile.

Most glass tile consists of small square or rectangular pieces in a mosaic of colors and or tones set up on mesh in a larger size for ease of installation. The combinations are varied and fun to review, and there is a good chance you will find one that works well for you. Glass tile is also available recycled, with the same style and color drama but allowing you to make a greener choice.

Dropping in an occasional metallic tile within your mosaic works well and can add that extra element of excitement that makes your space unique. Metallic tiles are expensive, but just one 12-inch by 12-inch block of metal tiles can be broken up and placed throughout your backsplash to add the punch you want at a minimal increase in cost. Talk to your salesperson about making that happen.

Would you like to add more drama to your kitchen or guest bath? Take a look at glass tiles to make a small space extra special.