The mosaic in the interior of the kitchen successfully replaces such competing types of large-sized finishes, such as granite, glass, ceramic tiles, and stone, even though these materials are used to make it. The secret of the demand for decorative cladding lies in its grace and non-triviality, the relative ease of installation and the variability of the compositions.
Determination of the format and size of products
Black or mirror mosaic in the interior (she skinali) will be appropriate only if the parameters of its placement in the workspace were defined before the purchase. Information for those who do not know how to put a mosaic:
- The alternative to the wall tile under consideration is not realized as a scattering, but as panels (they are much easier to transport and stack) - the dies can have different sizes, but usually for 1 sq. m finish. 9 pieces are enough;
- mosaic for the kitchen is formed from small fragments - chips, which are integral components of the ornament. The larger each chip, the easier it turns out drawing on the panel;
- the most successful form of tiles is a square, with less material consumption and more harmonious composition;
- rectangular chips are also popular, especially white and black, you can often find skines from circles, rhombuses, triangles and hexagons, but here the laying of the mosaic will be more difficult.
Details - chips - can be connected using polymer jumpers, but the latter often break during installation. If the mirror, plastic or metal mosaic on the apron is glued with its back surface to the polyurethane mesh, conditions for tight fixation on the surface are created, additional reinforcement of the composition occurs.
There are several common mosaic combination schemes in the kitchen:
- monocolor - a mosaic panel for the kitchen is laid out in the same form and color as modules, a discreet combination is formed;
- mix - in this case, glass or mosaic tiles are used for the kitchen, moreover, all the chips have the same size and shape, but different shades of the same color spectrum;
- gradient or stretching - only a rectangular layout is used here, the matrix is composed as a transition from a more to a less saturated hue;
- a panel or a finished mosaic tile for the kitchen on an apron - in this case, an already pre-formed pattern is stuck to the wall.
The general rule applies: the more colors are chosen, the more expensive such a kitchen design will cost.
Features of ceramic products
Ceramic mosaic for the kitchen is made of a full-fledged tile, so it has the same performance properties: high thermal, wear and moisture resistance, durability, a variety of textures. Such types of mosaics, especially light ones, unlike the “grandparent” and skinalis, look much more colorful and sleeker, create an association with handicraft and naturally fit into kitchen design. The downside is the high cost compared to the same ceramic tile for mosaic, increased consumption of grout.
Skines of glass, in turn, have a rich color range, but lose in the range of textures: ceramics can be glossy, semi-antique, imitating stone and pebbles, matte, rough.
Specificity of glass compositions
Glass mosaic for the kitchen on the apron is the most popular type of finishing material in this area, as it has a loyal value, beautiful performance, great operational resource and does not require special care. The small size of the chips and high-temperature firing guarantee enhanced material strength, which determines the relevance of its use in the kitchen space.
Skinali can be of several types:
- homogeneous - compact glass blocks can be frosted, like sealed glass, or glossy, like colored candy. Moreover, minerals, glitters, lumps of foil can be embedded in a bright or beige mosaic;
- Smalt has improved performance characteristics, it is durable (therefore it is often used for floors with mosaics), has the effect of man-made, internal luminescence. The range is formed on the basis of a rich range of coatings and additives;
- mineral glass looks like precious stones, as iridium or aventurine are added to the mass. Formed expensive products with excellent aesthetic properties - it can flicker or create a rainbow surface.
Choosing a stone mosaic
Ceramic tile mosaic for the kitchen, unfortunately, does not have the same strength indicators, besides stone variations are more unique and unique when forming the panel. But the material is porous, so to preserve the original properties of its cover with special protective compounds. The thickness of the lining can reach 10 mm, when choosing, it is necessary to avoid textures with high porosity, otherwise the apron will be afraid of contact with beet juice and red wine - resistant dyes.
There are rough and polished chips, as well as having a carved or embossed ornament. Stone tiles can be combined on a single mesh base with smalt, glass or ceramics.
Advantages of porcelain stoneware range
The decoration of the kitchen with such a mosaic is quite justified, since the material has the strength of a natural stone while lacking a weighty drawback - a porous structure, and besides, it is realized in an affordable price range. The color palette differs in naturalness and harmony, beige and various brown shades prevail, there is no such glossiness which the apron for kitchen from plastic or tile possesses.
What could be pearl surface?
This is a very beautiful finishing material with unique characteristics: it mutes and reflects the directional light, making the rays soft, diffuse, iridescent in the rainbow spectrum. Natural pearl products have a high cost, but they can be replaced with a mosaic of smalt or glass with a pearl coating.
The essence of metal and mirror mosaic
The first type is made of rubber, plastic or ceramic and is covered with a layer of brass, stainless steel or bronze - this is how gold and steel chips are formed. This solution is very practical, as the metal lining is not demanding to care and is not afraid of mechanical effects.
The thickness of the apron from the mirror mosaic does not exceed 5 mm, it is wear-resistant, but needs regular cleaning from dirt. There are interesting tinted panels with square or rectangular chips.
Stages of the apron on the working wall
To harmoniously put a mosaic in the kitchen, you need to pre-form the grooves for the wiring for switches and sockets. The apron should be laid out only on a perfectly flat surface, a level is used to check the walls, then they are primed and the glue is diluted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. To facilitate the work markup.
The easiest way to deal with self-adhesive mosaic, so it is popular with beginners. If a mosaic was chosen on a grid, this base is put on glue, products on paper, on the contrary, are laid with paper outside. The glue is evenly applied to the area to be treated, the first mosaic sheet is put on it, combining it with the upper marking, and slightly pressed. Sheets need to be quickly distributed over the surface, because the solution sets in 10-15 minutes. For those who do not know how to glue the mosaic, experts recommend starting with applying the composition to small areas in order to have time to process them carefully.
Laying the apron on the working wall, later equipped with sockets, will not be easy, because you have to make holes in the mosaic canvas. With the help of a marker, the problem zone is marked, the cutout of the corresponding shape is performed using a diamond disc. A brush or a knife wrapped in a rag can help clean ceramics or glass from excess glue.
Finishing manipulations in the form of grouting tile joints are made on the same principle as in the case of floor mosaic: it is diluted according to the instructions on the package and applied with a rubber spatula, after drying it is polished with a damp sponge. In the end, you need to carefully wipe the entire surface with the mosaic laid, to eliminate divorces. Experts note that in general, laying a mosaic for an apron in the kitchen is just as easy to do as a floor tile.