Decorative Floor Tile Inserts
Judy Jacob | Aug 6, 2018
Decorative floor tile inserts are a way to change the appearance of a floor, countertop or table. They can be used indoors or out, depending upon the type of tile. Some tiles are impermeable, while others will absorb moisture, so it is a good idea to check your tile selections specifications carefully. Some are heat resistant, while others are not. But no matter what your tile flooring needs, there is bound to be one that will fit your situation. Read on to learn more about the tiles available.
Repeating Pattern Tiles
Many tilesets have repeating patterns that can be fitted together to form interlocking patterns. These can provide interest and help pull an area together. These patterns might be monochrome shadings, or they could be distinctively colored in different ways. Suitable for a bathroom, kitchen, dining area or patio they can provide color and interest to any room. Other important details include whether they are impermeable, or whether they might absorb some moisture. Some tiles will benefit from a sealant to help with this. Others are naturally water resistant. Also, keep in mind that when a tile says, “slip resistant” that does not mean that it should not be treated with caution when wet.
Mesh Backed Pebble Tiles
These are an interesting item. The mesh backed tiles fit together to create a seamless effect as if each tiny stone was hand laid. They are set up to use with grout. Using these premade tiles creates an interesting effect with relatively minimal labor. They come in several different colors and patterns. Some are whole pebbles, while others are slices or slabs of rock. The general effect is that of an unplanned, natural flooring which can be quite attractive with Bohemian, shabby chic or cottage styles.
Random Patterns with Match Color
Gain a cottage décor affect with patterned tiles that do not create an interlocking pattern, but use similar hues or tints. The patterns can be placed randomly, or they can be placed like patchwork, but the only thing really holding them together is the color and perhaps the style.
For many of the various tiles available below, there are online manuals that will explain how they should be laid, the grout or other auxiliary materials needed, and how to care for and clean the tiles. For the best preservation of your tiles, this is important. As they say in libraries and schools, knowledge is power.
Glazed Decorative Murals
Decorate your dining area or patio with porcelain glazed decorative floor tile murals. The pattern features an outer frieze and a repeating internal pattern. Perfect for medium traffic areas, it lends interest to both indoor and outdoor areas. Computer .pdf documents are available for warranty, installation instructions, installation and assembly, and owner manual.
Natural Stone Pebble Tiles
Mesh mounted rain-colored natural stone pebbles make an ideal topper for a patio or indoor area. Can be used on floors or walls. The natural stone is unpolished and slip resistant. It’s the perfect solution for an atrium or other areas where drainage is advisable. Each box contains ten tiles, covering ten square feet.
Natural Flat Stone Pebbles
Mesh mounted Balinese Nights color, the flat stone pieces are attached to a mesh back for easy installation. There are ten tiles per box, making it easy to cover ten square feet. Useful for patios, dining areas or atriums, and can also be used on countertops. The grout joint is sold separately. Overall thickness is .25 inches.
Porcelain Floor Tile
Fantazio with pink pattern floor tile creates a lovely repeating pattern in pink, green and white. Approved for use on floors in bathroom, kitchen or patio, it is recommended that it only be used in low water spaces when applied to walls. It is frost resistant. Clean with a non-abrasive neutral cleanser. Product made in Spain.
Black and White Porcelain Tile
Artea porcelain black and white tile with a repeating interlocking pattern is suitable for any area where porcelain tiles will be appropriate, such as the kitchen, dining area, patio or bathroom. With a matte surface, it is slip resistant and impervious to water. It is suitable for high traffic areas and is resistant to heat.
A tile imprinted with a regal four-pointed star, elite tile royalty is suitable for any high traffic area. The edges are colored so as to appear weathered and are scored so that any color of grout can be used. It is semi-vitreous, which means that while it is slip resistant, it is not water resistant.
Blue Ceramic Tile
Faventie Azul Ceramic tile in various patterns. The edges are scored and designed to look weathered. The tiles patterns do not interact, other than sharing the same faded blue color. They are semi-vitreous, intended for indoor use only, but can be placed in high traffic areas. It can be applied on the floor, a wall or even a table top.
Mesh Mounted River Stone
Naturally tumbled river stone is mounted on mesh. Can be used in damp areas, but the stones should be treated with a surface sealant after they are installed. Suitable for outdoor use and can be applied to floors, walls, and countertops. Avoid using strong liquid cleaners as these could damage the surface of the stones.
Porcelain Black and White Tile
It is hard to go wrong with a black and white porcelain tile in the kitchen or bathroom. With a matte finish suitable for normal traffic, and skid-resistant surface, this lovely tile can make a space special. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is a presentation from Elite Tile.
Black and White Marble
Polished field tile in black and white natural marble. It has an eco-friendly, slip-resistant surface. Because it is a natural substance, there might be some shade variation from tile to tile. Tiles are twelve inches by twelve inches and come five square feet to a box. Each box weighs in at 5 1 pounds.