How to Create Your Own Mosaic Tile Pattern

mosaic tile
  • 2-10 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-500
What You'll Need
Mosaic tiles

A mosaic tile pattern can be a fantastic way to decorate both floors and walls. Mosaics were very common with the Romans, but that doesn't mean that using them has to be old fashioned. By making mosaic tile patterns, you can quickly and easily breathe life into any room. With the right tools and materials, you will be able to mix and match different sizes of mosaic tiles to create stunning designs. Take your time planning your design and you really shouldn't have a problem.

Step 1 - Planning

Planning your design will not only help to create a beautiful flooring design, but it will also allow you to mix various different mosaic tiles. Planning your design is very easy. Start by measuring the size of the room and marking it on a piece of paper.

Draw the room diagram to scale so that you can design your mosaic flooring. You can also use coloring pencils to see how the finished design will actually look. Alternatively, you can design the mosaic tile designs by using tools on the Internet or software packages. Visit a mosaic flooring website to learn about popular design tips.

Step 2 - Buying Mosaic Tiles

Once you've designed your mosaic pattern, you will then need to buy the mosaic tiles. You can buy small mosaic tiles, or break up your own tiles into smaller pieces to be used in the design. The beauty about mosaics is that you can use all sorts of different sizes and designs of tiles together.

Step 3 - Preparing the Floor

Remove the existing floor covering and clean the floor of any adhesive. Use a scraper to clean the floor. If there are any high spots in the floor, use a sander to grind them.

Step 4 - Fixing the Mosaic Tiles

Spread adhesive over a small section of floor and assemble your mosaic design. If you accidentally put a tile in the wrong place, simply remove it before the adhesive dries. Press the tiles into the adhesive and try to keep the spaces between tiles as uniform as possible. If there is any excess adhesive on the face of the tiles, clean it with a damp sponge.

Step 5 - Grouting the Tiles

The gaps between the tiles need to be filled with grout. Choose the color of grout to match the design of your mosaic and press it into all of the gaps. Use a plastic scraper to remove any excess grout. If the grout starts to dry too quickly, use a damp sponge to clean it. Mosaics are very versatile and can be used to produce all sorts of different designs.