Mosaic tiles have traditionally been defined as any tiles having a facial area of less than nine square inches. For a square tile, this is equivalent to no larger than 3 x 3 inches, but since mosaic tiles can be any shape, the facial dimension is recognized. However, mosaic tiles are now becoming known not only for their size, but for the creativity inherent in their combination of tile colors, shapes, and textures.

We’re also seeing tile mosaics in a wider range of applications. Once relegated to backsplashes and murals, mosaic tiles are now often used for entire feature walls, flooring, and more.

As with larger ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles are resistant to water, scratches, stains, fading, bacteria, and fire.

Mosaic tiles can make a big style impact in any space. Get ideas for your project by exploring our mosaic tile examples below, and then find more inspiration on our Pinterest board.

Staggered Herringbone Backsplash Tile

These staggered tiles add dimension to a wall surface, and the installation pattern and color variations pack a one-two wow factor punch. Beautiful and also durable, tile has a waterproof assembly and is resistant to mildew and bacteria, as well as scratch-, stain-, and fire-resistant.

Smooth Iridescent Blue Tile Mosaic

Ceramic tile installations can combine colors and shapes to achieve one-of-a-kind looks for walls, floors, and even ceilings. Use ceramic tile in wet areas for resistance to water, mold, mildew, and bacteria. Ceramic tile is also scratch-, stain-, dent-, and fire-resistant for use in every room of your home!

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Modern and elegant don’t begin to describe this mosaic, whitewashed, wood-look ceramic tile. The clean lines created by the tiles are accented only by the simple and functional fixtures, all of which serves as a stunning backdrop for the pearly white vessel sink. In fact, beautiful functionality is the theme of this bathroom, as ceramic…

Stone-Look Mosaic Subway Tile

These stone-look mosaic subway tiles are a classic bet that’s on-trend and on-functionality for a backsplash or wall feature. A neutral look with subtle movement that’s reminiscent of that spa you went to in Italy, right? Okay, maybe you haven’t been to Italy, but don’t these tiles make you want to create a sensual, elegant…

Blue and Green Mosaic Backsplash

Every kitchen deserves a look that’s eye-catching, but decor in a kitchen must also be functional. This backsplash rises to the occasion with blue-toned mosaic tiles in a hexagon design that pops right off the walls. Its allure may be slightly distracting while you’re cooking dinner, but no worries — ceramic tile’s waterproof installation methods…

Multicolored Mosaic Tile

Mosaic ceramic tile is perfect for small floorspaces, showers, and backsplashes. These thin vertical rectangles will elongate whatever space they cover, and the under-the-sea blues, sandy tans, and cloudy whites will evoke the perfect day at the beach.

Black and White Flower Tile

The timeless color combination of black and white finds a new pattern as these ceramic tiles create a seemingly endless field of graphic flowers. The spa feature of wood-look tile flooring mellows out the look. If there’s a theme here, it’s a feeling of freshness and cleanliness. Ceramic tile is easy to clean with water…

Bathroom Wall With Blue Mosaic Tiles

Neat and efficient, this cute little sink area makes the most of small quarters. With drawers and a mirrored medicine cabinet, you can have everything you need at the ready. Ceramic tile in a square mosaic shows off varying shades of a summer sky on the walls, while large rectangular tile covers the floor. Tile…

Black and White Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

Contemporary style has clean lines and efficient design. This sunny kitchen is a fun example of the contemporary ethos, with lots of storage and quality materials. Blue mosaic tile makes a stunning backsplash and picks up the metallic sheen of the stainless countertops. Sturdy benches offer a perch atop the wood-look ceramic tile flooring. Ceramic…

Retro Black and White Bathroom Tile

A curbless shower can make a room look larger, and this bathroom is a good example of maximizing both space and style. Stunning in retro-inspired ceramic tile, the floor, backsplash, and shower work in harmony to create a beautiful, comfortable space.

Mid Mod Wall Tile

Midcentury shapes with a more modern hue grace this wall. Pale lilac seems to whisper from the wall. Don’t let the delicate appearance fool you, though, because ceramic tile is durable and has long-lasting color that won’t fade in the sunlight. Fire-hardened tile is also scratch-resistant, so the ever-so-soft color of these tiles will stay…

Multicolored Mediterranean Tile

When you can’t make it out to the French countryside, bring the French countryside to your own home with this Mediterranean-look ceramic tile. The design is perfect for a bathroom space, where you want to feel cool, calm, and collected. Take a dip in the tub and pretend it’s the Rhine, then dry off without…