We’re Mad for Mosaics

Mosaics may not be the “in thing” for kitchen backsplashes anymore, but they are by no means outdated. A mosaic – a picture or pattern created by smaller pieces of material – can be simple or intricate, multicolored or monochromatic, and arranged in designs limited only by your imagination.

While mosaic tile as a kitchen backsplash or bathroom wall is fairly standard today, a mosaic can make an unexpected and unusual statement in virtually limitless applications, like full accent walls:

Bathroom by Oliver Burns
Dining Room by Beckwith Interiors
Dining Room by Amy Lau Design
Exterior by ROBERT KERR architecture design
Photo credit: Jeri Koegel Photography
Mosaic popularity has also crept up and down the walls to ceilings and floors:
Bathroom by Kariouk Associates
Kitchen by Weiss Alexander Design Group
Dining Room by Bruce Palmer Coastal Design
and branched out to intricately patterned sinks (bathroom and kitchen), light fixtures, mirrors, frames, and even larger fixtures such as headboards, bathtubs, and furniture!
Linkasink Farm House Kitchen Sink with Stainless Steel Mosaic Interior
Thompson Traders Renovations Murano Above-Counter Basin
Linkasink Small Wok Mosaic Sink
Dainolite 3-Light Yellow Mosaic Pendant
Arteriors Gavin Wood Mosaic Mirror
Barclay Galileo Copper Double Slipper Tub
Barclay Falkner Copper Double Slipper Mosaic Tub
Bedroom by Platinum Series by Mark Molthan
Patio by Clement Desylva
(Though that doesn’t look particularly¬†comfortable.)

Mosaic works well in outdoor spaces like pools, chimneys, driveways and paths:

Exterior by JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
Exterior by DDB Design Development & Building
Exterior by Jennifer Bevan Interiors
Exterior by Polhemus Savery DaSilva
It doesn’t need to be used in large quantities to make a statement. Just like mosaic adds a bit of interest to a shower niche or a bathroom border, using it as an accent adds a new dimension to otherwise boring places.
Mosaic risers perk up this otherwise blah staircase:
Exterior by Glenn Layton Homes
Brightens this solid wall:
Patio by Germinate Design

And adds definition to this fireplace:

Living Room by Brittney Nielsen Interior Design
How much mosaic (on a scale of backsplash border to full-size wall) do you want in your house?