Check out these white mosaic tile shapes — lovely alternatives to the 1-inch white mosaic dot tile that many architects favor.
Just this week, while looking for a blue and white tile I’d seen in a magazine, I literally stumbled across a number of shaped white mosaic tile patterns in the Walker Zanger Tilt collection. Five different shapes of these white-on-white stoneware (ceramic) mosaics struck me as stunning, interesting, unique, and different from anything I’d seen. Mosaics are small scale, of course, and I favor mosaics for the richness all the little pieces add to a wall. I’m not so much for big horsey tile so I was immediately drawn to these. The white-on-white tiles are intricate, a couple have interesting textures, and they all come in a choice of gloss, matte or crackle glazes. While the tile house shows them with white grout, colored grout could make for some fascinating variations.
The Tilt Daisy pattern [top] was the first one of these I noticed. I could immediately envision these whimsical daisy petals on shower walls. This tile shape is, of course, taken from nature so it would work well in a traditional or transitional bath. It would also make a great accent wall.Another of the tile white mosaic tile patterns is called Clover. It me of a high quality matelasse quilt. Not too modern and just a bit abstract I love this for a kitchen backsplash or on a wall behind a pair of pedestal sinks in a master bath. The crackle finish could work with retro or cottage looks, too.
Hexagonal tile is a staple of Art Deco flooring and it’s often used in bathrooms. The Tilt David Hexagon doubles up on the motif, which is especially rich looking in a crackle finish. Although it leans toward modern, David Hexagon has a broad range from very traditional to minimalistic. As specialty ceramic mosaics go, this one feels as basic as the one-inch mosaic squares (called dots) architects favor.
Station pattern mosaic feels the most modern to me, perhaps because it’s a variation on modern dots, even with a crackle glaze. It could have an industrial look in matte and would be another perfect choice for kitchen walls in a gloss finish. For reference, take a quick look at my post on Contemporary Bathroom Fireplaces, a minimalistic bath almost completely tiled with dots.
All mosaics are expensive and I expected these to be as well. Exact prices vary with the style and glaze but they fall roughly in the $45-$50 per square foot range. The tile is sold on 12-inch mesh sheets. And here’s a heads up: getting a ballpark price required four phone calls to Walker Zanger showrooms. I was informed that they don’t quote prices over the phone and don’t give much information on their website because they want the tile to be inspirational. A trip to a showroom requires more than an hour’s drive for me.
Fortunately, there is less expensive rectangular field tile to mix with the patterns. The last one I want to talk about, the Regency mosaic, intrigued me most because it is both dimensional and edgy. I see a pattern like this one as a no-brainer for an industrial-look kitchen or very sophisticated bath where it would be almost automatic to mix it with black stone, or rustic brown wood, no?
(Source: Walker Zanger)
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