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Avant-garde mosaic

india Updated: Oct 02, 2010 00:17 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times

Today tiles are out of the bathroom, stones out of the garden area and mosaic out of the bar. They now adorn the walls in just any and every part of the house, in interesting designs.

Paradigm shift
There are companies that are dedicated to making the walls conversation elements and statement pieces in the house. “Tiles give a personalised ambience to your home. The ceramic designs look, think and act, giving a result that you find as a part of your environment, style and life. The ceramic tiles now create an atmosphere of simplicity,” says Maria Jose Castillo, designer at Orient Ceramics.

Tiles go with a particular décor; so if you want your house as neo-baroque, go for tiles through combinations damask, floral, bright colours or black and white.

“If the tiles are too glossy, then they are meant for the bathroom and not the living area. There are stone finish options and more rustic and rough finishes that are used to decorate the wall behind the television or the wall behind the sofa,” explains Rajesh Khanna of Hindware.

Spoilt for choice
The recent innovations have made décor options aplenty. Castillo adds, “The recent innovations include the new printing technologies that allow more realistic finish in the tiles, simulating more natural effects. The most popular designs are the wood, stones and textures in light colours, combined with highlights.”

Apart from tiles and stones that have defined a move beyond paint and wallpapers, are the mosaic. “The basic difference between wallpapers and mosaic is that wallpapers would last you some six years maximum and get dirty. Wall papers are also replicated all the time. But mosaic are premium quality handmade products, that can last for 20 years,” says Max Francesconi of Sicis, the Art Mosaic Factory.

However, when decorating your walls with these innovative options, make sure that you do it in a way that does not look over the top.

Wall tiles should be more like wall highlights or decorative. Also, while selecting the product, keep the décor of your room in mind as the two should be in consonance with each other.

Know the trend
Versatility wins: The most popular designs are: natural stone, textiles, precious metals, paper, glass and other varieties of wood; this gives a great decorative potential and allows bringing vitality and distinction to make the environment more avant-garde.

No-fuss cleaning: Tiles, mosaics or any such wall decorative option is easy to maintain as they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or detergent.

Quality check: For an optimal installation of the product, take into account — the quality of ceramic material, a correct choice of adhesive and the grout, and proper placement.

Testing: Check that the ceramic product has received a comprehensive testing in the laboratory and meets the parameters that stipulate the standards UNE-EN-ISO. Also, spread several tiles on the ground to see if that is the look you want for your walls.