Why (And How) You Can Combine Mosaic and Porcelain Tile Both mosaic and porcelain tiles are popular options among homeowners, especially in kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. However, the potential applications for mosaic and porcelain tile are truly endless. Rather than urging a client to pick one or the other, many designers these days are finding unique ways to combine both mosaic and porcelain tile in any given room design. With some careful thought and planning, you can achieve a one-of-a-kind design that your client will love for years to come. Mosaic Floors with Porcelain Walls One unique application we’ve seen where mosaic and porcelain tiles have been combined in one room is in a bathroom. Here, mosaic flooring complemented the walls with sleek and large porcelain tiles to achieve a calm and serene design. With this particular project, the client wanted mosaic flooring with porcelain tile walls to flow with the modern look and feel of the rest of the home. Mosaic flooring also made sense from an economic standpoint for this project, due to the relatively small square footage of the bathroom space itself. Porcelain Floors with Mosaic Walls In other applications, combining porcelain floors with mosaic wall tiling may be more practical. Porcelain tile is an especially popular material for flooring in high traffic areas of the home due to its durability and water resistance. For example, it is common to see porcelain tile in bathrooms, kitchens, and even laundry rooms where spills are likely to occur. Porcelain tile also comes in a wide range of sizes and styles to fit in with just about any design. Mosaic tiling on walls is an excellent choice for clients who want to achieve a pop of visual interest. It is often used as backsplash material in kitchens, though it also looks great in bathroom shower walls and as a wall accent. Generally, mosaic looks best at eye level because it is an excellent way to create visual interest. Personalizing a Project for Your Client Ultimately, how you end up combining mosaic and porcelain tile will depend on your client’s wants and needs. Budget may also come into play, especially when you consider how much higher the cost of mosaic tiling can be, compared to porcelain tile. This is because when mosaic tile is created, it needs to be assembled by hand. This involves adhering small mosaic tiles onto a piece of mesh—which, as you can probably imagine, is quite labor-intensive. For this reason, mosaic tile is most often used as an accent tile because this application is cost-effective and practical. Porcelain tile, on the other hand, is less expensive because it comes in larger sizes and is less labor-intensive to produce. This makes it a popular flooring option, especially in areas with higher square footage. However, it can also be used on walls to achieve a sleek and modern look. Combining mosaic and porcelain tile isn’t just smart—it’s fun! With so many different applications to consider, this unique pairing can take your client’s design to the next level. Remember to keep Connecticut Stone in mind for all your porcelain, mosaic, and other tiling needs. With more than 10,000 different stone products and 70 years of experience as the area’s top stone supplier, we have the materials and expertise you need to impress your clients. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you or to request your free project consultation.