How to Choose the Perfect Mosaic Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash

In the world of interior design, mosaic tile reigns supreme as an enchanting material for use in living spaces. Whether the goal is bringing different room elements together or creating an area that will be a showpiece, mosaic tile delivers. If you are new to mosaic-style tile, don’t worry because we will explain what it is and why it may be great for kitchen remodeling.

Kitchen backsplash tile ideas

What Is A Mosaic Tile?

Mosaics have a long history in the world of creative design. The mosaic tile was originally formed from tiny hand-cut pieces of either glass, stone, or ceramic. The small pieces were then set in a binding material called mortar and assembled to create patterns and images of people.  In ancient times, Egyptians used mosaic tiles to decorate numerous objects. From simple cups and vases to intricate artistic depictions of ceremonies and rituals.

Mosaic tiles eventually spread throughout Asia and Europe being used to create some of the most notable landmarks such as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.

kitchen tiles

Types Of Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tile comes in an assortment of colors and patterns which makes them a highly usable adornment in decor and design. Additionally, mosaic tile is made from several different materials – each with its own characteristics.

Natural stone mosaic tiles are the oldest type of mosaic material dating back to Egypt. Available in a plethora of colors natural stone mosaics add an earthiness to living spaces. In the kitchen, marble mosaic backsplash can be paired with wood, marble, and steel accents to create a one-of-a-kind vision.

Maja Polished Marble Mosaic 8 1/4x10 1/2

Size:8 1/4x10 1/2, 9 1/16x9 27/32x3/8
$11.20
$7.00 / pcs.

Thala Gray, Silver Sky Multi Finish Braided Hexagon Limestone Mosaic

Size:9 11/16x16 7/16x3/8
$42.30
$26.40 / pcs.

Thassos, Silver Sky Polished Favo Marble Mosaic

Size:12 1/4x11 3/4x3/8
$26.60
$12.95 / pcs.

Alpina White Honed Lattice Marble Mosaic

Size:12x12x3/8
$30.10
$18.95 / pcs.

Glass mosaic tile has been around for a long time. Ancient Romans relished using glass mosaics for their opulent appearance. Glass mosaic tile has seemingly endless color and pattern options, which makes it a very versatile choice for kitchen backsplash. Similar to metal mosaics, glass mosaics are also moisture and stain-resistant – lasting for years when properly installed.

Nero Marquina Anti Slip Hexagon Glass Mosaic

Size:11 3/4x11 1/2x13/64
$37.00
$19.95 / pcs.

Black Polished Hexagon Glass Mosaic

Size:11 3/4x11 1/2x13/64
$37.00
$19.95 / pcs.

Opalo White Polished Hexagon Glass Mosaic

Size:11 3/4x11 1/2x13/64
$37.00
$19.95 / pcs.

Bone Polished Hexagon Glass Mosaic

Size:11 3/4x11 1/2x13/64
$37.00
$19.95 / pcs.

Porcelain mosaic tile and ceramic mosaic tile are modern-day must-haves for many homeowners. Both clay-based materials will give your kitchen a unique personal touch with high water and stain resistance.

Porcelain and ceramic mosaics can help you achieve any design look you desire from retro to futuristic and everything in between. Both materials are commonly used in kitchen renovation projects to add culture and radiance. In addition to backsplash ceramic and porcelain mosaic tiles are great for kitchen countertops.

Bardiglio Gray Honed Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic

Size:12x16 1/3x25/64
$52.00
$9.95 / pcs.
60% OFF
Luna Matte 2x2 Porcelain Mosaic 12x12

Luna Matte 2x2 Porcelain Mosaic

Size:12x12x3/8
$12.53
$4.95 / pcs.

Carrara Blanco Polished Zig-zag Porcelain Mosaic

Size:12x13x25/64
$39.92
$17.95 / sq. ft.

Carrara Blanco Polished 2x2 Porcelain Mosaic

Size:12x12x25/64
$27.12
$10.95 / sq. ft.

Blanc Glossy Herringbone Ceramic Mosaic

Size:10x13x15/64
$15.75
$6.45 / sq. ft.

Ozean Glossy 2x2 Ceramic Mosaic

Size:11 1/2x11 1/2x3/8
$21.60
$6.95 / pcs.

Rubin Glossy Polca Ceramic Mosaic

Size:11 1/2x11 1/2x3/8
$16.60
$6.95 / pcs.

Noir Matte 2x2 Ceramic Mosaic

Size:12x12x15/64
$11.35
$5.95 / sq. ft.

What Are The Benefits Of A Mosaic Tile Backsplash?

The kitchen backsplash is such a great place to experiment with patterns and color. You can use a backsplash to tie several colors in the space together or to simply brighten the room. You can use mosaic kitchen tiles for a backsplash that covers entire walls or scale it down to cover just a few small but impactful areas like over the sink or oven.

mosaic tile backsplash

 

Beautification

Let’s face it. Mosaic tile is simply stunning to look at. Used for centuries to beautify everything from pyramids to cathedrals, mosaics are eye-catching additions to interior and exterior spaces alike. Mosaic tile backsplash gives kitchens dramatic makeovers that revive their beauty and appeal.

green mosaic tile backsplash

Incorporate elements using gold mosaic tile, blue mosaic tile, green mosaic tile, or any other shade to bring out the best elements in the room.

Durability

If you are like most home cooks you spend a considerable amount of time in your kitchen preparing meals. Regardless of how much you use your kitchen, your mosaic backsplash will hold up beautifully over time.

As previously stated, one of the best benefits of mosaic backsplash tile is its durability. They are waterproof which means they are built for heavy wear.

Design Flexibility

Mosaic tiles of all materials are super flexible in terms of design. They have been used for centuries to create detailed images and can take on numerous shapes and sizes.

penny round mosaic tile

 

Furthermore, mosaic tile backsplash can be added to your kitchen gradually. If you are initially unsure about a large design, you can start with a small area and then add more to the design later on if you wish.

Sustainability

By and large mosaic tile is eco-friendly. For centuries mosaics have been formed from materials such as stone, glass, pebbles, and even shell fragments to create works of art. Recycled glass mosaics for example are inherently sustainable making them an optimum choice for eco-friendly design projects. In Stone Tile Depot, our mosaics are recycled and eco-friendly.

Easy Maintenance

Mosaic tiles of all kinds only require regular routine cleaning to maintain their beauty. To clean mosaic kitchen backsplash tiles simply mix warm water and a mild cleanser and gently wipe down the tile with a piece of cloth or a non-abrasive sponge. Once the tiles are clean, take a different cloth and wipe the surface of the backsplash to dry.

Versatility

While all types of mosaic tile boast versatility, glass mosaic tile is the commonly used type for ultra-intricate design ideas. Glass and metal Mosaic tile can recreate life-like designs featuring things like flower petals, animals, and other natural elements. If you are looking to add intense color to your kitchen Moroccan mosaic tiles are perfect for dramatic color pairings. Use black mosaic backsplash to create depth. The white mosaic backsplash helps a small kitchen feel and look more spacious

black mosaic tile

A bold blue mosaic backsplash can add a much-needed pop of color to elevate the color of cabinetry or lighting fixtures. Kitchen backsplash colors can be mixed and matched to create the perfect backdrop for other kitchen features. Mosaic tile can be mixed in other ways – get creative and choose a design with backsplash shapes of several sizes.

How to choose the perfect mosaic tile for your kitchen backsplash?

Think of your kitchen backsplash as a representation of your personality. You have to determine exactly what you want your space to say about you, and your current tastes. Are you keen on luxury? Or, are you more down-to-earth and eclectic? Either way, figuring out your style will be key to helping you choose which colors, patterns, and materials are right for your mosaic kitchen backsplash.

hexagon marble mosaic backsplash

Ultimately, you should aim for a design that will spark joy in you each time you enter your kitchen. If your mosaic backsplash tile will be the kitchen’s focal point, then you want to take the following details into consideration.

Consider Budget-Friendly Backsplash

The budget always matters. You have to select a material that will work for your space without drastically exceeding the funds you have available. If your budget is modest you should steer away from designs or patterns that are too trendy.

To avoid going too on-trend, lean toward a classic tile in a neutral color. White ceramic kitchen tile is one timeless choice that never goes out of style. Not only is white ceramic backsplash versatile, but ceramic is also more budget-savvy. When you’re on a small budget you may find that you have to compromise a bit. Your backsplash color or backsplash size may have to change, but you will get a stunning and satisfying result.

Blanc Matte Midi Hexagon Ceramic Mosaic

Size:8x10x15/64
$16.95
$6.45 / sq. ft.
Best-seller
48% OFF
Blanc Matte 2x2 Ceramic Mosaic 12x12

Blanc Matte 2x2 Ceramic Mosaic

Size:12x12x15/64
$11.35
$5.95 / sq. ft.

Blanc Matte Hexagon Ceramic Mosaic

Size:12x12x15/64
$16.95
$6.45 / sq. ft.

Blanc Matte Herringbone Ceramic Mosaic

Size:10x13x15/64
$15.05
$6.45 / sq. ft.

 

Choose Backsplash In A Durable Material

Get all the information you need regarding wear and tear before you decide on a material for your mosaic backsplash. Ask lots of questions to learn which type of mosaic tile has the durability suitable for your kitchen. It is imperative to learn which backsplash can hold up to high heat, and frequent and prolonged cooking sessions.

white mosaic tile

Durability also lets you determine which material will maintain its appearance the longest under the conditions of your kitchen. Learning all you can about ease of cleaning, and maintenance will help you decide which material checks off the right boxes.

Mix Materials Of Complementary Colors

If you are changing your countertops along with your backsplash, make sure the colors and textures are complementary. If you opt to keep your current counters use them to guide you in choosing your backsplash color and backsplash style.

mesh marble mosaic backsplash

Stone countertops for example can be a great base for dictating backsplash colors. For instance, you could enhance the visual impact of white-veined gray marble countertops by mixing mother-of-pearl mosaic tiles in various styles for your kitchen backsplash.

mother of pearl mosaic

Determine Your Level Of Desired Visual Impact

It’s also helpful for you to decide what type of statement you want to make with your mosaic backsplash. However, if you are finding it hard to pin down what color or type of tile you want to install you can tape the samples to your kitchen walls and let them sink in for a while. Take note of how they appear throughout the day as the number of natural light shifts. Use the samples to help you get a good idea of what does and doesn’t work in the space and make a decision based on what you see.

Tools and Resources For Choosing Mosaic Tiles

Some of the best places to find creative mosaic backsplash ideas for the kitchen are just a few clicks away. Here are some of the best tools and resources for finding inspiration for your kitchen’s mosaic backsplash.

Home Decor Magazines

Home decor magazines are stuffed with creative ideas that can be used in kitchen design. They are also great for finding out the latest interior design trends. You can order hard-copy catalogs from company websites, or find them in-store.

Online Interior Design Companies

Many of the companies that have hard-copy magazines also have online resources and websites where you can get more detailed information on modern design elements.

Stone Tile Depot offers mosaic kitchen backsplash options in ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and natural stone materials. Take a look at our inspiration gallery to see what kitchen designs are possible and get motivated to makeover your kitchen.

We Have High-Quality Mosaic Tile

You cannot go wrong with the mosaic tile kitchen backsplash. At Stone Tile Depot you will find beautifully crafted mosaics for unbeatable prices. We take great pride in making sure homeowners find high-quality mosaic kitchen backsplash tiles in all materials