How to Create Rosettes or Greeks for Floors with Scrap Tiles

Saturday, March 24th 2018. | Floor

In some cases, especially in large dwellings or in public places, elements like rosettes or greeks can embellish a floor and stop the monotony of the tiles. Not always tiles with original shapes and colors eliminate the “heavy” effect. The rosettes and the greeks are generally created with scrap tiles, from different shapes and shades. These materials are recoverable in the building shops. In the transport in fact many tiles break and shopkeepers often throw or give away the debris.

Creating these works is not very difficult. They can brighten up both the gardens and the courtyards. In This guide I will explain how to create rosettes or greeks for floors with scrap tiles, so that you can realize on your own, at a price almost zero, original decorations for your paving. You’re going to make a impression!

Getting started

To create rosettes or Greeks on a floor it will be necessary, first, to prepare a detailed outline. Therefore you will have to create a sketch on paper and color the drawing in order to obtain a truthful image, very similar to the final result. So you’ll get the scrap tiles. You can use old tiles stored in the garage or buy them in the building shops. Alternatively, view Web sites related to the sale or gift of used items: If you are lucky you can recover valuable material at very low cost. You can also turn to some construction site near your home, to check if they have scrap material to give away.

Preparing tiles

At this point, grab the tiles and em with a hammer. You will have to get so many pieces of various sizes. Be careful not to over-spoil the good part of the tile. After work, put aside the waste, temporarily. Select them by size to facilitate the installation. The effect will be similar to the mosaic with larger tiles and different shapes. Remember to protect your hands with suitable work gloves, to avoid hurting yourself with splinters or the edges of the tiles, which may be sharp.

Do the work in spring or summer to prevent the weather from damaging the work. Use a latex glue preferably.