Mosaic Tiles For Backsplash

With so many mosaic choices available, today’s trend is for homeowners to use mosaic tiles for backsplash material.

Several years ago, it was common for homeowners to take the granite used on the counter and carry the same granite up the backsplash.

In today’s market, that type of treatment compares to the avocado sinks and tubs of the 70s – It’s dated.

Picking The Right Mosaic

Small mosaic tiles can add a punch of color, or provide the main focal piece to the room’s design. 

When choosing the right mosaic for the job, there are many factors to consider, including:

  1. Home Design. Mixing a rustic 2×2 tumbled marble with an ultra modern cabinet is a design disaster.

 But a sleek glass mosaic combined with contemporary cabinets is a design hit.

  1. Placement. Some mosaics are only suitable for interior dry walls. Using them on floors, in a shower or outside will create problems. 
  2. Is texture needed? Many mosaics are anti slip. Consider those if using in an area that will be exposed to moisture.

Mosaics can literally be used anywhere. Part of the process of selecting the right mosaic is discovering just what materials, designs, patterns and colors are available.

The market is constantly changing with new items being added on a continual basis.

Mosaic Tiles For Bathrooms

Using mosaic tiles for bathrooms is super popular right now.

Mosaics have long been used for the wet shower floor because the tiles are small enough to allow the installer to “pitch” the floor so it can drain.

But other areas of the bathroom have become a canvass for mosaic art as well.

  1. Niches. Putting the mosaic on the shower pan and in the niche is an attractive and popular look.

  2. Mosaic Accent Walls. Mosaic accent walls are being seen more and more in showers. The mosaic might cover the entire wall or just a portion of the wall. 
    Behind the vanity is another area that lends itself to mosaic accent walls.

  3. Mosaic Tile For Bathroom Floors. In some bathrooms, doing the entire dry floor is a great option.
     Other times, limiting the mosaic to a rug pattern or a border is a clever application.

What Is A Mosaic

Mosaics have been around for centuries. But the mosaic used in homes today is a lot different than mosaics used in the past. For a little more about the history of mosaics, check out this link  Basically, mosaics are small tiles put together to make patterns or images. Typically, these small tiles are glued onto a mesh (sometimes called mesh mounted).  This makes the installation easier. Rather than having to deal with hundreds of small pieces, the installer only has to handle the larger mesh-mounted piece.

Tile Choices:

Mosaic Tiles come in a large range of materials. Including:

Natural Stone Mosaics:

Natural Stone Mosaics are suitable for most areas, including flooring and walls and can be used in swimming pools.

Porcelain Mosaics:

Porcelain mosaics are typically used in all applications, including interior and exterior uses.

Glass Mosaics:

Glass mosaics can be used in pools, if they are pool rated. Some can only be used on walls. Others are rated for floors and wet areas. 

Aluminum and Metal Mosaics:

Aluminum and metal mosaics can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is best to check with the manufacturer regarding specific applications.

Wood Mosaics:

Wood mosaics are best used in dry areas. Typically, this product is used for accent walls. 

Combination Mosaics: 

Many mosaics are made from more than one material.

Common combinations include: stone and glass; metal and stone; metal, glass and stone. 

The Right Choice

The type of material you choose depends on several factors. Ask yourself these five questions when determining what mosaic tile to use.

  1. Is your application a wall or floor application?
  2. Will moisture be a factor?
  3. What about stains?
  4.  Does the mosaic play well with others?
  5. Does this mosaic fit the overall design plan for the space?

    Armed with information from your questions, look at the manufacturer’s specifications and determine if that mosaic you’ve fallen in love with works for your application.

    Question 4 – does the mosaic play well with others? This question applies to maintenance and cleaning. For example, a harsh cleaner can be used on a porcelain, but not a marble. 

    If both materials are used in the same area, then a nonabrasive cleaner will be used on the entire surface.

    The right use of mosaics, can take your project to the next level with very little additional cost. Consult one of our specialists today about adding mosaics to your next design.

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    Retro Wood 4


    • Material: Porcelain
    • Size: 4×12 porcelain tile & pinwheel
    • Other colors available
      Other sizes and shapes available

    White Bubbles

    • Ceramic Tile
    • Size: various sizes
    • Other colors available
    • Other sizes and shapes available

    Ocean Blossom

    • Material: Porcelain Tile
    • Sizes: 2×2 mosaic
    • Other colors available
      Other sizes available

    Royal Blue Stack

    • Material: Ceramic Mosaic
    • Size: 1×2
      Other sizes available
    • Other colors available

    Carrara and Thassos

    • Material: Marble
    • Size: on a mesh mounted sheet
      Other sizes and shapes available
    • Other colors available

    Pale Blue

    • Material: Glass
    • Size: 2×4 on mesh mounted sheet
    • Other sizes and colors available