Victorian and Mosaic Floor Tiles – what makes the style?
Choosing between Victorian and modern mosaic floor tiles is a tough decision. When you are faced with such a situation you need to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the styles, so that you can choose the one which suits your needs and preferences best. The final decision you take will be based on your aesthetic sense and the creativity of your interior designer. Today we’ve put together this Strengths and Weaknesses Guide to Victorian vs. Mosaic Tiles to help you be aware of the unique characteristics of both patterns. You can view our gallery of some of our Victorian tile designs on our floor tiles page here or some mosaic designs here.
Strengths and Weaknesses Guide to Victorian vs. Mosaic Tiles
Victorian Floor Tiles -Strengths
- Victorian tiles are geometric in shape. You can find rectangles, squares, triangles and other shapes, but almost all of them appear in extended mathematical shapes.
- The installation is simple and fast since the pieces join together to make a perfect shape. They are highly recommended for classical houses, mansions, chateaus and villas. You will also find them ideal for museums, art galleries, hotels and restaurants with antique style of furniture and fittings.
- Cleaning and maintenance is easy. Tiles are hard in nature and hence they can withstand heavy duty foot traffic on them. They last a long time without breaking. Also since the tiles join seamlessly, there is nowhere for dirt to collect between the tiles (as can happen with tiles with a visible join, like with some mosaic tiles). Check out this helpful cleaning guide for Victorian tiles from Cleanipedia and see how easy maintenance is for yourself.
- You can find many manufacturers who add modern colours and shapes to the tiles.
Victorian Floor Tiles –Weaknesses
- The style and design is not as suitable for modern apartments and buildings.
- They are relatively more expensive compared to mosaic tiles.
- The designs are often more boring compared to mosaic tiles since the colour combinations are limited.
Mosaic Tiles – Strengths
- Mosaic tiles were reborn in the modern era. They are versatile in design and colour combinations.
- They come in thousands of shapes and designs. You can fit them into apartments, IT offices, business houses, corporate buildings, modern and classical homes, restaurants, art galleries and plenty of other places.
- They are relatively economical in pricing compared to Victorian tiles.
- They are available in glazed style, pebbles, Italian Smalti, vitreous glass and unglazed forms. The number of assorted colours is one of the highest among all classes of tiles. One of the best features of mosaic tiles is its flexibility. You can customize their shapes with easy cutting, buffing, polishing, milling and other processes. Moreover they can be easily combined with other types of tiles made of glass, granite, limestone, bluestone and others. This sort of flexibility may not be visible among Victorian tiles.
- Installation and changing of mosaic tiles is easy and fast. You don’t need to spend days for making even the slightest changes to the existing design patterns.
- They are lighter in weight compared to Victorian tiles. Hence the volume of adhesives used for installation is much lesser compared to the Victorian tiles.
- Practically speaking, the task of maintenance is quite easy, but compared to Victorian tiles, will need to be maintained more frequently, and grouting will need to be repaired/maintained making it a longer job. For cleaning you can use a simple washing liquid along with an antiseptic lotion.
Mosaic Tiles –Weaknesses
- Mosaic tiles are relatively weaker compared to Victorian tiles.
- They don’t have the classical touch and appeal of Victorian tiles.
- Mosaic tiles with visible seams can collect dirt between the tiles and be more difficult to clean, especially in bathrooms where mildew and lime scale can accumulate.