Marvelous Mosaics: Using White Tile to Improve Walls


White walls might not sound interesting to some homeowners, but they’re actually the basis for some of the most compelling and creative designs when paired with mosaics. Whether it’s a small or large mosaic covering part or all of a wall, it can give the perfect finish to a room.

Mosaics are patterns made by arranging small pieces of crystallized glass, marble, or other materials to create an eye-catching image. They’ve been around for thousands of years in buildings like temples in ancient times – but they work just as well on a much smaller scale in the home, and they’re a particularly great option to complement an all-white kitchen or bathroom.

When deciding to use a mosaic it’s important to decide on the scale of the project, and the type of material. Crystallized glass is a good option because it can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear in heavily used rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, and it’s also simple to keep clean.

In the kitchen, consider using all-white glass subway tile which is designed to look like the raised rectangular wall panels popularized in subways in the early 1900’s. This sleek look is interesting to the eye yet the soft white color means that lining a wall with a mosaic of this tile won’t compete for attention with other elements in the room, instead helping improve the overall look.

Many designers love to use marble for mosaics because not only is it beautiful and classy but it is resilient to scratches and stains, and relatively easy to clean. That’s a massive bonus when using it in a busy kitchen or bathroom.

For example, an exciting image can be created in the bathroom using white marble subway tile paired with hatch-style tiles in different shades of white and varying sizes and finishes, including a smooth finish and a rougher image to look like exposed stone. This combination of the uniform subway tile and the more random hatch tile creates a one-of-a-kind mosaic to cover an entire wall.

Or perhaps the design project is much smaller, such as covering the walls of a bathtub. A great example of how to use marble mosaic here is to mix tiles with different finishes – rough and smooth – and varying shades of white and gray to contrast with an all-white bathtub and other units.

Another option for covering the walls of a bathtub or shower is to use honed marble tile shaped to resemble leaves, produced in shades of white with streaks of blue and gray. This creates an elegant look for the bathtub that would work tremendously with marble flooring in similar shades.

Basket-weave is another pattern for laying marble mosaic tile in varying shades of white and gray, and as the name suggests that design resembles the interlocking weaves of a basket.
The massive range of materials and styles available to create mosaics in the home mean that the only really tough choice homeowners make it not whether to get one, but which one to use.