Most of us have had one at some point or another... an ugly ceramic tiled floor. Well, here's the good news... you don't necessarily have to tear it up – painting is a great option that requires less time and money than re-tiling. Keep reading to learn more about using floor tile paint to give your space a quick, affordable makeover.
Searching for the perfect mosaic tile backsplash for your kitchen be overwhelming. The sheer number of options is mind-boggling, which means that figuring out a unique style that fits your personality can be difficult. So today we're sharing some inspiring mosaic tile backsplash ideas that will help you pin down the look you're going for. Bits of china and tile have never looked so beautiful. Here are a few mosaic back splashes that just might make you start breaking dishes. Opa!
These circular tile mosaics give the kitchen a happy, whimsical sort of feel thanks to their bubbly shape (literally and figuratively). They were made by Clayhaus Modern Tile using their You Design Tool which allows clients to customize the colors of the circles. They also offer hexagon patterns, rhombus patterns, and many others.
If you're looking for a metallic finish, this mosaic tile backsplash by New Ravenna is made using 24K gold glass, agate and quartz jewel glass. The gilded surface adds a beautiful reflective quality, giving it a sophisticated feel that many other tiles don't have. The unique design makes it feel very high end.
This backsplash and countertop is made using recycled glass, so it resembles the terrazzo pattern that is so popular lately. While this doesn't appear to technically be a mosaic tile made with mesh backing, it still achieves the same look thanks to its many small pieces. Read more about it here.
If you're really looking to go bold, you might consider tiling an image on your backsplash. This definitely requires prior mosaic tiling experience, but if you've got it, flaunt it! (Otherwise though, hire a pro). This will make an incredible impact on your space, and will forever be a conversation piece for your guests.
This mosaic tile backsplash is made using a variety of different types of tile, and even utilizes broken pieces of pottery in many areas. And they took it one step further, making it functional by adding a broken half of a mug to hold pencils and a pair of scissors. What a unique idea!
This beautiful mosaic tile backsplash is really two patterns in one... the shapes made by the grout lines and the subtle colors in the tiles themselves which form a lovely natural brown hue all together. Something like this which combines both geometric and organic shapes would perfect to offset any kitchen that is feeling too white.
This light colored mosaic kitchen backsplash has the look of penny tiles with a more contemporary vibe thanks to the triangular tiles. The subtle variation in color from tile to tile picks up the surrounding hues perfectly, tying in the warm wooden countertop and the crisp blue walls.
Marisa over on Design Sponge chose to use black grout in her colorful backsplash.
Check these two out from Therese Dejardin Studio.
Adore the sweet contemporary pattern of this one, which relied on a tile cutter rather than a hammer for its creation.
And, finally, Ginger's Major Mosaic Kitchen Makeover posted right here on Curbly a few years back, which is so great it needed another shout out.
Have you seen any other interesting backsplash ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!
Need a more temporary backsplash solution? Read this list of temporary changes for your unchangeable kitchen backsplash.
Remember the peel & stick tiles that were all the rage back in the 80's? They still sell them, of course, and they're still an affordable and easily DIYed alternative to sheet vinyl. And they scream such. Now, however, Modularity Tiles, has a new vinyl tile line that just might leave the old peel & stick in the dust. Although they are NOT peel & stick, Modularity Tiles are still super-easy to install
Would you, could you commit to a houndstooth tile kitchen floor? Stephanie (remember the bent utensil mug holder) says she could commit in a minute to the houndstooth floor tiles.
Designer Inghua Ting makes some very beautiful things out of salvaged materials. One of them is floor tile fashioned out of vintage belts. Her in-house artisans sift through the available belts, using about one out
Enough of Christmas aleady! Dudecraft got my creative juices flowing today with this post of a round floor covering made from recycled, old belts. Frankly, I think these are brand new belts made to look vintage. Old belts would be very wavy.
This can be done, however. I've made all sorts of things with belts. One summer I volunteered at our State Fair to help out in a booth that did some amazing leathercrafting. Now this is something I can use! Check out the leather floor tiles
No more big boxes atop your roof...from now on, you can go green Mediterranean -style.
Solé Power Tiles allow homeowners to make eco-friendly choices without having to sacrifice style...if you want a blue mission roof, that is.
"Created by SRS Energy, the Solé Power Tile features flexible solar panels produced by United Solar Ovonic. Each of these is embedded inside the high-performance polymer tiles, which are lightweight, unbreakable and...
Photo Image: Kevin Oreck Architect, Inc.
This winter may be the winter of remodeling two full upstairs bathrooms. I figure I'll learn with the first one and be an expert by the time I'm ready for the master bath. Cococozy has compiled a wonderfully classic and modern collection
Ugly laminate countertops can make us do crazy things, like trying to paint them. I've never really tried it but the thought has crossed my mind. Take a look at this resurfacing system that was developed in Canada and is being sold by ecocountertopsUSA, Canada and Australia.
My tiling project in the kitchen that cost less than $95.00 and one weekend opens up all sorts of new decorating possibilities. Constrained by the in-your-face handpainted tiles of a decade ago, there was limited flexibility in color choices. Keeping permanent fixtures neutral and changing up paint, art, and kitchen chair upholstery makes much more sense, both financially and visually. I even feel a little smug that I'm living with my...
It's time to eliminate my handpainted tiles from the backsplash. I've never taken down tiles from a vertical surface and we've only put down floor tiles. Is it possible to get these off without much wall damage and if there is repair, how hard is it? I am craving some white subway tiles, new paint, new art, reupholstered chairs and THEN I'LL BE HAPPY!!! If there are any really good tutorials out there for backsplashes, send them my way. ...
These stone-shaped stainless steel tiles from Solistone lend an organic feel to this very modern kitchen. They’re available in 8 different colors, including a gold-ish, coppery, graphite and watery blue, among others. For more information, visit Solistone’s Metal Collection.
Check this out...a very clever crafter cut up a bunch of aluminum cans and made mosaic tiles out of them. She cut them into squares, flattened them out, folded over the edges (to make them ‘safe’) and then nailed the tiles into place with tacks. Fabulous! To find out how she made the frame pictured above, go to Bean-Sprouts. Via Crafty-Crafty.
The possible applications for these peel-and-stick metal tiles from Chemetal are endless! The 4" tiles come in brushed aluminum, satin aluminum or light stainless aluminum. They don’t need grout and they can be cut with basic tools you have around the house. Available at interior51, they're sold in packs of 54 for 79 bucks. You can also buy a sample pack that includes one of each style for $9. Via.
Have some old ceiling tiles laying around? You might want to think about using them as ‘canvases’. That’s just what art instructor Carrie, known as orangesoc12 on Flickr did. Although, her tiles weren’t just laying around; they were actually in the ceiling of her classroom. She had her 8th grade students take them down and draw on them--using Georgia O'Keeffe for inspiration--and then they put them back up. You can see more examples of her...
Check out Mio Cultures’ very cool--and environmentally friendly--peel and stick cork ModuTiles ($95). They’re sold in sets of six tan and six chocolate colored tiles that cover 12 square feet. Configure them any way you please to make rugs or runners. Use the adhesive tabs for temporary installation, or install them permanently over an entire floor using standard cork flooring adhesives and finishes. To increase they’re durability for...
When I was 8, I begged and begged for my parent's to buy me a Hypercolor t-shirt...they refused. Now, I think I'm thankful...though they did insist on buying me a whole drawerful of Ocean Pacific OP gear, so perhaps they were just cruel and weren't operating out of aesthetics.
Anyways, these Ultrabloom Heat-Reactive Tiles are totally sweet...
DIYers are doing some interesting things with tin ceiling tiles these days that doesn’t involve ceilings. Here are some pictures from the customer gallery at mbossinc.com.
(Head and footboard inlay.)