admin. Interior Design. December 21st , 2017.
The small hexagon tile was common to use in homes and public buildings from the 19th to 20th century. Ever since, the hexagon tile floor has reappeared in various design schemes. The small hexagon tile patterns interlock forming a honeycomb that can creates the visual interest, even though only one color used. Even though this tile shape is notable in older homes, it can add a touch of timeless charm even to newer ones.
The use of small hexagon tile is appropriate for floors, countertops, walls, and showers. But the installation requires a flat, sturdy surface. Any imperfection can be pointed out due to the small dimensions of the tile. Concrete makes an ideal substrate, but consider the self-leveling floor compound as not all concrete is appropriate. Wood substrate will require you to add a layer of concrete backer board panels over the surface to provide the flat, straight surface that is strong enough to support. Even so, smaller wall areas like backsplash can support even without the panels.
The adhesive suitable for hexagon tile is cementitious thinset mortar, which is also the choice for most tile options. This adhesive choice can finish and bond backer board. Thinset is always purchased dry. Mix it with water promptly before using and apply it with a V-notched trowel to distribute thinset in the right thickness and evenly. If you lay the tile yourself, you may need to be careful as deciding how much thinset to use always requires the guesswork.
The pattern of hexagon tile features the interlocking honeycomb one with an unusual border. This arrangement allows you to lock the sheet of tile just like pieces of a puzzle. Only you can rotate the tile in any direction as you wish. The simplest, traditional hex tile usually shows a contiguous field of a same color tiles, especially pale cream or white, but you can also add a border or accent. Black always makes s perfect contrast for white and its shades, but you can also use others especially when you want to go for classic flower design.
Last but not least, don’t forget about grouting the hexagon tile. Even though sanded grout is typically used on floors, it’s recommended to use non-sanded one which is appropriate for the narrow joints of small hex tiles. Non-sanded grout is also mixed with water right before use, just like mortar. Use a grout float to spread the grout over the hex tiles. Work it into the joints without you scratching the tiles.
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