Trending – Tiny Tile

Tile mosaics, and thus tiny tile, have been around since before the fall of Pompeii…

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However, the little tiles had to be hand cut, and the mosaics carefully assembled by hand.  All of which made them a luxury item for centuries.

These days, the advent of new, computerized manufacturing techniques have made teensy, tiny tile increasingly easy to produce in a uniform manner.  Some of these tiles are no more than 1/4″ to 1″ square, and come pre-assembled on backing sheets which significantly reduce the labor needed to install them.

This has made it ever more affordable to cover entire floors and walls with beautiful mosaics made of ceramic, porcelain, and even glass tile.   You can see more examples on my “Trending – Tiny Tile” board on Pinterest.

Personally, I love the shimmer of the glass tile mosaics, especially the metallic ones.  There is something so magical about them when the light hits just right.

How about you?  Have you seen a tiny tile installation recently?  What did you think?

Happy Friday everyone!  See you next week!



9 Responses to “Trending – Tiny Tile”

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  2. Feinmann Says:

    It is great to see that tile mosaics are starting to trend again. Especially with the new technologies that make installing mosaics a breeze, patterns and other designs in tile help to brighten up bathrooms and kitchens – plus tile is fairly easy to clean.

  3. Jason Says:

    After doing regular tiling, how much time would it take to do tiling like that? There is no way I could hack it.

  4. John Algard Says:

    We do more and more mosaic. Not the easiest tiling material :-) It requires a great precision, but the result is fantastic. It really gives your bathroom (or other rooms) an original and unforgetable style.

  5. Kathryn Bogala Calgary Alberta Says:

    Have always loved mosaic tiles – a great way to add interest to just about any space! Also, great way to personalize both a kitchen, bathroom or bar area! Plus a tile is both durable and easy to clean.

  6. Ree C Says:

    I completely agree… mosaic tiles are great and add a cultured feel to your home. I prefer the glass mosaic tiles due to the level of light they reflect – as Rachel said, they can look magical.

  7. Mike Says:

    I LOVE this. I haven’t seen any great mosaics recently, but they should definitely be more popular. Timeless craftsmanship like this is invaluable. I agree with @Ree C . I think glass tiles are much more contemporary and stylish.

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  9. Diana Williams Says:

    Great idea for tiles usage. I believe it is one of the key components for home remodeling. Thanks for sharing this post with us!

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