Mosaic Backsplashes

Browse ideas for mosaic backsplashes, and prepare to add an attractive and efficient backsplash to your kitchen.

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John Wollwerth

John Wollwerth

If you're considering adding a new backsplash to your kitchen or updating an existing one, the many styles of mosaic tile backsplashes offer both diverse and classic options to explore.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen

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Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash

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Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

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Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash

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Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Backsplash & Espresso Cabinets

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar

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Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

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Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash

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Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating

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Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash

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Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink

White Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Bamboo Cabinets in Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets

Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash

Subway Tile Backsplash With Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets With Green Marble Countertops

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Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Kitchen With Light Gray Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

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Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood

Retro Cabinetry

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Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash

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Contemporary Gray Kitchen WIth Glossy Cabinets and Striped Tile

Contemporary Grey Kitchen With Corner Cabinet Lazy Susan

Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving

Modern Kitchen With Chocolate Brown Cabinets

Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look

Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen

Kitchen With Repurposed Buffet Table

Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen

Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets

White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen

Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen

Marble Backsplash Adds Texture in White Transitional Kitchen

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Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile

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Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

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Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range

Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen

White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink

Charming Cottage Kitchen In Classic White

Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights

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Mosaic backsplashes are a common feature in kitchens because of the visual interest they can add as well as the relatively low maintenance they require.

Mosaics are generally defined as a collection of glazed glass, stone or tile pieces arranged to depict an artistic scene or pattern design. The first mosaics date to approximately 3000 BC, and mosaics have continued to appear throughout history—all the way to their modern use in kitchens, bathrooms and contemporary art and architecture. The tile pieces that are used to form mosaics are now available in an almost infinite array of styles, colors, and materials—and determining which style and material is right for your home will be one of your first tasks as you plan your mosaic backsplash.

You'll have plenty of options to choose from in terms of materials for your backsplash. Because of their popularity, mosaic tiles are available in just about every conceivable format—from glass and stone to wood, plastic and ceramic. Your budget may help define the type you eventually decide on—stone, glass and higher-end ceramic mosaic tiles are more expensive, while plastic and most wood tiles will cost considerably less. In terms of colors and patterns, your choices will be just about infinite, from simple, staggered black-and-white designs to multi-colored and intricately patterned styles, or arrangements depicting pastoral or classic art scenes. Shapes vary as well, from traditional round or square styles to hexagons, triangles and other geometric shapes.

Once you've decided on the material you'll use for your mosaic tile backsplash as well as the style, color and shapes you're most drawn to, it's time to source the tile material. You'll find no shortage of options at your local home improvement retailer, at a tile specialty store, or online. When you find the perfect tile for your home, simply measure the surface area you're planning to cover on the wall space in your kitchen to determine how much tile you'll need.

Finally, when you've determined the look, feel and scope of your mosaic masterpiece, and you've got the materials on hand, it's time to install the backsplash. Many homeowners report that mosaic tile is easier to install than other backsplash options, chiefly because it is generally configured in large sheets of tile that can then be stuck to a wire-mesh or other adhesive background, which in turn attaches to the wall. This can reduce the need for time-consuming and complex tile cutting, which helps explain mosaic tile's appeal among DIY enthusiasts. If you don't list yourself among the home improvement crowd, however, you may want to investigate hiring a pro to install your mosaic tile backsplash—you'll spend more, but you'll save on time, sweat and potential frustration.

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