Mosaic is such a wonderful, colorful, and malleable material. It's perfect for wall coverings, such as small wall sections, or wainscot, backsplashes, tub surrounds, and shower tile, to name just a few.
If you are averse to cutting with a wet tile saw, you're in luck with mosaic. In many instances, all you need to do is use scissors to cut the mesh mat between individual tiles. Or, if you need to cut a tile, you do so with a tile nibbler.
Two popular tile manufacturers, Ann Sacks and Modwalls, represent some of the great ways to use mosaic in your home.
01 of 08
Kitchen Backsplash: Colorful Retro-Styled Mosaic Tile
Mosaic tile was practically made for kitchen backsplashes. It installs easily. It doesn't require lots of cutting. And because it's so colorful, it enlivens dark spaces below cabinets.
This is an especially colorful mosaic, with dots of yellow, red, green, and blue against a largely white background. Bonus points for Anglophiles as the primary color-themed tile is reminiscent of the London Tube map.
02 of 08
Bathroom Backsplash: Gorgeous Glass Mosaic Tile
The second place you'll find mosaic tile in great numbers is on bathroom backsplashes. Bathroom backsplashes are an ideal place to dive into DIY tiling because these runs are far shorter than the ones you will find in kitchens.
If you happen to have a powder room or guest bathroom, that is an even better spot for a first-time project because the space is usually on the smaller size and the tolerance level for errors will be greater.
03 of 08
Bathroom Wall: Cool, Gray and Orderly Mosaic
With mosaic tile, you can create striking contrasts like this one. Contrast the lively, bouncy yellows and whites of the mosaic on the left-hand wall with the more serious, buttoned-down gray tiles on the right-hand wall. Yet both are mosaic tiles. In fact, both are from the same maker (Modwalls) and line. Such is the power of mosaic tile.
04 of 08
Shower Wall: Brass Two-Inch Mosaic
Mosaic tile and showers are a perfect combination. This two-inch ceramic and metal (brass) tile from Ann Sacks naturally provides light to a dark place. Just one watertight recessed light in the shower ceiling will reflect from this shimmery tile and brighten the beginning of your day.
The only downside of mosaic tile in the shower is that it introduces more grout that potentially needs to be cleaned. You can keep the grout lines slim, or be diligent about cleaning the grout.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Bathroom Floor: Lush and Fanciful Designs
Mosaic tile is versatile. In essence, you can go two directions when deciding how to create a floor design. You can lay down mosaic like the one used here for the kitchen backsplash. It's a random pattern (you could also use just a solid tile) that continues across the entire floor.
Or you can do as pictured here and create stunning patterns. This is a Michael S. Smith/Ann Sacks (Cosmati) stone mosaic. The Ann Sacks site says that this pattern is best for residential foyers or commercial spaces, such as hotel lobbies. It would also work equally well in limited quantities for bathroom floors.
06 of 08
Bathtub Surround: Sky-Blue Tile
A bathtub surround is a simple thing. It's just tile or any other waterproof material that corrals water and helps drain it back into the tub basin. But why be basic when you can add real character to your tub?
Here, Lumésticks mosaic in sky blue and white surround the tub, creating a bathroom that seems like it's a summery beach. Not only that, but the tile also continues beyond the surround and into the room, pulling it all together.
07 of 08
Kitchen Island Front and Sides: Dress It Up
Another idea that you don't see often but should: mosaic tile installed on the front and sides of a kitchen island. It's as easy to do as backsplashes. Attach a cement board to vertical surfaces and lay the tile. You don't need to install perfectly to top edges where the countertop hangs over (no one will see it anyway).
08 of 08
Staircase Wall: Mirrored Mosaics
Who says tile can only be installed in bathrooms and kitchens? We're here to say that tile is allowed to venture outside of these two rooms. While this curved staircase is a dramatic example, it does illustrate the point none the less.
So who dares to install mirrored mosaic tile all up and down this curved staircase? The New York design firm Coffinier Ku installed Ann Sacks/Chrysalis tile in a now-defunct Manhattan club. There is no word on wheather the new owners kept this wild staircase tile.