Mosaic Tile Materials and Wall Tile Pattern Ideas

Feeling a bit intimidated by wall tiles and mosaics? Don’t be! Here are some suggestions on wall tile mosaic designs and some selected varieties from which to choose!


Wall tiles and mosaics

Olympus Lampros / SKU: 15229514

If you are looking for something a little different than the norm for your walls, look no further! Wall tiles and mosaics will allow you to create the wall, floor, bathroom, kitchen, or even just accent piece, in any design and color you could dream of. Consider this a short guide to wall mosaic pattern ideas that can bring your space to life.

You will achieve a unique look anywhere you want that is easy to maintain and looks fantastic! Your options are almost limitless so you may be a little confused where to start, and exactly what to do once you have them. Don’t worry, we’re here to help, and it’s a lot simpler than you may think!

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Wall tiles and mosaics

Olympus Olympus – Minerva / SKU: 15168287

Wall tiles come in SO many more varieties than the typical plain colored tiles you often see in kitchens and bathrooms. Consider one, or a combination, of these mosaic choices in order to make your space really pop.

Glass Mosaics

Glass Mosaics are the most familiar mosaic tiles, among the ones that have been around the longest. Those mosaics you see in those beautiful patterns from ancient times? Yup, those are glass! As you know, this type of mosaic is reliable, durable, and looks fabulous. Use them absolutely anywhere for a decorative look. These tiles are moisture and stain proof, and anti-fungal.


“Arctic Ice Subway Glass” from BuildDirect. When it comes to mosaic patterning, this one is a classic brick pattern normally associated with traditional porcelain subway tile. The use of glass in this pattern lend an updated modern effect.

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Stone Mosaics

Marble, granite, slate; these are all stone mosaics that will give any space an earthy feel. Like glass, stone mosaic tile has also been around for thousands of years and stand the test of time! These are a great choice to use in any high-moisture areas, and are also incredibly easy to maintain.

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Glass and Stone Blend Mosaics

When glass meets stone, the blend results in a truly stylish, unique and incredibly durable surface. Best of all you can choose from different textures within these blends so you design something that is truly unique to your home and is sure to get your visitors talking!


Stone and glass blended into a single brick pattern mosaic surface (“Sonoma Blend” on the Cabot label from BuildDirect). This adds color contrast, but also textural dimension to a wall or backsplash.

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Metal Mosaic

Metal mosaics are perfect for when you need extreme durability in kitchens and bathrooms, but without sacrificing style or cost! But why limit it to kitchens and bathrooms? Put this tile anywhere you want a striking look. The light reflecting effects will help to brighten any area.


“Silver Wave” pattern metal mosaic tile. This variety of tile is decorative and practical, and all you have to do to install it is peel and stick. In terms of mosaic tile patterns, this one takes a selection of irregular shapes to create a sense of movement.

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Install it anywhere!

Installation for mosaic tiles is a lot easier than you may think. Tiles are commonly used in bathrooms and backsplashes, but have become popular in every part of the house. Frame your bed, fireplace, windows, create a pattern on an accent wall, or do an entire wall there really is no end to where you can put it.

Consider laying the tiles out diagonally or in another pattern rather than just side by side, up and down. You can create a much richer, striking looking wall this way.

Mesh backing

Of course wall tiles can be put directly on the wall, but a more common way to install the tiles to larger areas is to look for mosaic tile mounted on a mesh backer. The mesh is cut to the dimensions standard dimentions and tile can simply be mounted on the mesh. This allows you to lay out, and re-arrange, the pattern to make sure you are happy with it, before you commit to sticking it on the wall.

Mesh backing is also incredibly useful when applying tiles to any curved or angled walls. You may need to choose a smaller sized tile – but once applied it can be installed cleanly and neatly. See? you really can install it anywhere!

Wall tiles and mosaics

This is Optico label tumbled pebble stone mosaic mounted on a sturdy, pliable mesh backing. The advantage here is that this kind of wall mosaic pattern can adorn your space in 360 degrees when mounted on a pole or beam, or on a contoured wall.

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Your ideas

Where are you inspired to install wall tiles or mosaics? Let us know what unique ideas you come up with in the comment section!

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