Bohemian home interior style is popular, no doubt about it. It lends itself to the multi-cultural world we live in, and reflects a more relaxed aesthetic that appeals to just about anyone. It’s also positioned on the opposite end of the spectrum from the modern homes we’ve also looked at here in our blog. Mosaic art is totally compatible with the colorful, funky feel of boho style. In a home where pattern is celebrated, it can add another layer of texture and shine that fits in perfectly. On the other hand, it can be used to make certain design elements really pop, providing just the right background, or enhancing one or more colors. It can also be used to cool things down a bit, using softer tones and textures to complement wood, pottery, or other rustic pieces. It even roams right on out into the garden, looking zesty among the foliage. You don’t need to embrace the look in every room – even smaller accents will add a lot. Let’s check out some of the most inspiring ideas to bring mosaic art into your life. Look Down For Mosaic Style Inspiration The rich details and colors of Oriental rugs provide a lot of the overall look in this footloose world of free spirits. There’s no problem with stacking colors and patterns. The rugs you see may be well-loved, hung on a wall, or even spread out on a lawn or patio. Image from Pinterest The blues of the Mediterranean sea are woven into this mosaic tile pattern that’s inspired by Persian carpets. Here’s a perfect example of adding just one big accent to keep the boho style going from room to room. The bed linens stay simple. Image from Freshome Here, the concept of a rug runner is used to center the bathtub on a field of terra-cotta and blue tones. All the effect of an intricately woven piece is still there but in a water-friendly environment. Image from BCT If you’re not quite ready to haul one of your favorite wool rugs out into the elements, you can also get the look with mosaic rugs. Here, a pebble mosaic piece provides a visual gateway into the patio area. With its sturdy construction, it can handle rain, foot traffic, and the occasional washing down with a hose. Image from Pinterest You can easily get this look in your sunroom or pool area with one of our flower design carpet glass mosaic artwork. Here, brilliant Chinese reds and have all the casual opulence of a luxurious carpet, but without the worries about spills, shedding, or stains. Flower Design Carpet Glass Mosaic by Mozaico Home of Many Colors A concerted effort to bring color into every corner of the home is a big part of bohemian style. There might be an unspoken goal to have the look of a gypsy caravan or to incorporate all the hues from a beloved tie-dyed t-shirt. With the unlimited range available in mosaic designs, it’s perfect for accenting any room. This kitchen uses a wide range of colors to cheerful effect, as it complements a collection of Fiestaware dishes and blown glass artwork. The larger tiles provide functional countertop space, while the accent tiles provide a sense of movement along the backsplash. The colors contrast, but are all in harmony with the red accent wall. Image from HGTV This Moroccan-inspired bath throws a lot of colors at you, but it’s quite glamorous. There are several notable examples of mosaic wall art here that can be used for inspiration. Note the smaller tiles on the countertop, the arch-shaped inlays in the shower stall, and the fine details of the wall insets. It’s a fun space that would make any morning cheery. Image from RSYnews Here’s another room with no fear of color. With the brightly painted woodwork, it could be a caravan out on the road. Although the walls have wide sweeps of color, notice how the bathroom mosaic tile details pull it all together and bring out the careful chosen pottery pieces on display. Image from Pinterest Out in the garden of another home, this totem accent is a creative way to use old flowerpots for a piece that provides a focal point. The free-form style of the mosaic designs references mosaic flowers and trees, and mosaic butterflies and birds. Having an eclectic piece like this definitely indicates to visitors that the garden owners have a sense of fun and whimsy that’s essential to bohemian style. Image from Pinterest If your sense of boho style loves color, but your living space is small, there are some crafty ways to sneak a sense of adventure into your home. Here, this mosaic wall art enlivens a simple alcove area with a shelf in a mudroom. The simple small basin on the natural wood doesn’t take away from the fun of the wall art. Image from Pinterest Icons of All Kinds There are a few elements in the big, diverse world of bohemian style that tend to pop up. Sometimes an artist, sometimes a pop-cultural reference, but they just keep appearing from year after year, with no regard for room or decade. Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist, has grown only more famous since her untimely death. Her striking appearance and unconventional life still inspire new generations in their decor. Image from Pinterest So, it’s not that unusual that she’s a fixture in human figures mosaics. Her image is seen here on a mosaic tile tray, supporting all the needs for the type of festive occasions she painted. Image from HGTV Frida can grace your home in a piece of mosaic art that captures her rebellious nature and charisma so well. She’d be a great host for any of your outdoor activities on the deck. It’s not surprising that the Fab Five made the list of celebrated boho icons. The Fab Five lived the lifestyle before many decorators were even born. Their style and musical catalog are still classic elements in the happy eclectic style we’re celebrating. In this amazing bath, the Yellow Submarine makes an appearance, with a floor-to-ceiling mosaic art extravaganza representing the Ocean Blue. Image from Pinterest You can set up your own homage to everyone’s favorite singalong with the right underwater scene and some yellow fixtures. All you need is the right nautical mosaic art. Wabasso Coastal Beach Mosaic Art by Mozaico Or, honor the legacy of John Lennon with the simple message taken from his song “Imagine”. Imagine II Modern Mosaic Medallion by Mozaico Seeing Patterns in Everything The prevalence of patterns in this decorating style is what makes it so interesting. It’s not just the swirl of paisley or the intricacies of woven tapestries and complicated motifs. It’s the way it’s mixed with easy generosity, creating comfortable spaces. The right patterns can evoke faraway places and inspire conversation. This glorious conservatory in Istanbul is a master class on pattern mixing. The tiles, upholstery, pillows, and pottery all have their own motifs – but it all works together. This has been accomplished through a well-coordinated color palette that carries through all the different patterns. The terra-cotta floor pavers and the white marble water feature and tabletop are key to grounding it all with neutrals. Image from Deringhall Here’s another example of a wild pattern that works. The entire wall of this Mexican resort is covered in a crazy quilt of tile motifs. It removes any doubt that this space is meant for serious business – it’s all about the eclectic, relaxed vibe here. Image from Freshome This bathroom needs no further embellishment. There’s just a simple sink, and a groovy lantern to set off the red in the checkered floor. Both easy to care for and bursting with wild abandon, it reminds anyone bathing that they just might be on a holiday in Marrakesh. Really, this form of escapism and wanderlust are a key part of this sort of style. Image from Pinterest You can get the same feel of exotic escapism by outfitting your room with a groovy motif like a paisley mosaic pattern that looks like it was plucked from the wall tapestries of a Raja’s palace. Paisley Handmade Mosaic Pattern by Mozaico Just Leaf it to Mosaic Tiles No self-respecting modern gypsy soul would have a home without plant life. From exotic foliage to vines and flowers, it’s all a key part of the aesthetic – indoors and outdoors. It’s no wonder that the love of the natural world has crept into the mosaic art choices in bohemian style homes, as well. Greeting anyone who walks by, this wonderful use of mosaic wall art highlights the unique octagonal shape of the window. It looks fantastic against the neutral stucco of the home’s walls. A variety of tile shapes gives it a handcrafted feel that is appealing. Image from Pinterest A loose and flowing style is the hallmark of the bathroom mosaic tile used around this tub. The backsplash portrays a garden done in a charming naive style, and the theme is carried out on the smaller tiles that rim the tub. The ficus tree looks perfectly at home in this little corner of paradise. Image from Pinterest This unique bench is outside, and exemplifies several parts of boho style, in addition to its bright flowers that line the back. The colors are blended together with exuberance, the setting looks comfortable and inviting, and the pattern mix continues onto the patio tiles and the end table. Who wouldn’t want to sit down for some relaxed conversation in this spot? Image from Urban Gardens Web The sunny kitchen here brings on the boho with natural wood counters, the relaxed look of open shelving, and a floral motif as a kitchen mosaic backsplash. It’s a great counterpoint to the soft eggshell blue tones of the paint and the fresh herb plants enjoying the light. Image from Housessive Adding the botanical motif to your boho design plans is easy. There are hundreds of options, but you might want to start with a large piece like this olive tree mosaic art. The colors will blend with your succulent collection and vines, and inspire your decorating choices in the rest of the room. Olive Tree Mosaic Art Tile by Mozaico Just remember, Bohemian style is about eclectic choices that share your personality and life with the world. There’s no particular color scheme, no limits, and no end to the fun that you’ll have put it all together. Just think of any theme you’d like to explore, and you’re sure to find it in our online mosaic art catalog!
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These DIY end tables or side tables are easy beginner level mosaic projects. I used various mosaic tiles that I purchased online to complete this Ikea hack of Ikea’s Gladom metal table. This tutorial for how to make a mosaic side table is one of my favorite Ikea hacks. These end tables can be used indoors or outdoors and could even be used as a plant stand for your favorite plants.
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When you want your kitchen, bar, or bathroom to really stand out, you should consider using a mosaic countertop. The reasons for moving this option to the top of your list of ideas are many: unique looks, almost infinite customization, durability, and yes, a definite DIY aspect can be part of adding this cool and chic design element to your decor. If you’re new to the idea, think about how very tough mosaic tile can be. Back in ancient Greece and Rome, artists were mastering the art of mosaic. They gave us a name for the manufactured small tiles that were used to create exacting pieces that resembled paintings: “tesserae”, and they left a long-lasting legacy. After centuries, mosaic art from ancient times is still vibrant and beautiful, even after use as flooring and exposure to conditions far from museum standards. Stag Hunt Mosaic from the House of the Abduction of Helen at Pella, ancient Macedonia, late 4th century BC – Image from Wikimedia Commons Today, mosaic art is put to work in all types of environments, indoor and outdoor. Designs that you might have delegated to a backsplash or wall can actually be terrific for horizontal surfaces, too. Let’s take a look at some ideas that will have you thinking about any countertop projects in a whole new way. Brave Combos Tile mosaic is a natural for letting your imagination and personal aesthetics come out in your decorating. Any color can be used in any combination, resulting in a free-form jubilee of pattern and self-expression. This artist’s kitchen in Venice Beach, CA is a definite one-off. Utilizing both found and custom pieces, their design bounces from the backsplash to counter and further. Image from Atlas Obscura This mosaic countertop uses tropical colors and glass mosaic tile pieces to create a private oasis. Combined with the simplicity of solid wood colors, and pulling tones from the more neutral colors of the stucco walls, it works with both the carefully chosen wall art and plants. Image from Pinterest If you’re drawn to the more abstract patterns, there are wonderful abstract designs that are ready to go for your own installation. Here’s one that uses a swirling repeated motif in bright colors. It looks fantastic with all types of colors since it balances the warm and cool tones within its style. Circular Designs Abstract Mosaic Art by Mozaico. Not all mosaic countertops have to use such saturated and intense colors. Here, the same idea of a patchwork of tile sizes and shapes is used with a more subdued color scheme. The clear glass sink basin and the cool contemporary look of the minimal sink hardware really set the beauty of the patterns off in this bathroom mosaic. Image from Pinterest The bright primary colors on this surface are like the swirl of a child’s kaleidoscope. The cabinets are kept light and white, while the drawer pulls and cabinet handles continue the playful color scheme. Image from Pinterest Here’s an idea to liven up the area around a work sink in a utility area or mudroom. It uses the edge and limited counter space to add colorful blues to this compact work area. With the toughness of mosaic tiles, it will easily handle the rough-and-tumble activities, and add a cheerful note to an otherwise overlooked area. Image from Pinterest Under the Sea Marine motifs are a natural for bathrooms and outdoor pool spaces. Likewise, mosaic countertops that feature aquatic flora and fauna are a popular way to bring a bit of charm to these areas. Often done in the cool colors of water and ocean, they can be as sweet or sophisticated as the homeowner desires. Utilizing round tiles to great effect, this bathroom sink surround evokes bubbles and schools of fish. The ceramic sink is a great counterpart to the greens of the fish swimming along the counter. Image from Pinterest A similar feel can be achieved with a design like this. With a variety of sea creatures mosaics and the central figure of an octopus, it adds a sophisticated pebble-toned background and can be adapted to many countertop sizes. Sea Creatures Mosaic by Mozaico. Working with the watery tones, but not as realistic, this simple sink and countertop done in Vitruvian tiles evoke the same themes, but not in a way that competes. This would be an excellent feature in a poolside cabana, or in conjunction with a more elaborate piece of mosaic wall art. Image from Best Design Live Journal Here, custom mosaic tile insets bring life to a stone-like countertop. This look is made possible by modern technology, allowing custom cutouts to be added to surfaces by using a router that traces the design. Image from Pinterest For anyone looking for something a bit more exotic, adding a sea serpent mosaic to any countertop surface would add a note of watery intrigue to any room. This would be a great touch in a lake home or for any fans of medieval monsters. Sea Serpent Mosaic by Mozaico. In a more literal look at seaside life, this surface brings in the feel of a sandy shore, using salvaged tiles and bits of seaglass. It would be hard to not feel like every day was off to a sunny start if you had this for a kitchen counter. Image from Pinterest Nostalgic Tastes Mosaic countertops lend themselves well to concepts that reference the past in new ways. From your grandmother’s china, to heirloom quilts, crocheted afghans, or textiles from your childhood, these patterns are used to great effect. Broken china meshes with a hand-painted effect on this counter. The soft tones are perfect for a cottage-style home. The light sandy grout is used widely to really set off the individual pieces of lovely floral tiles. Image from Pinterest In this treatment, the length of the counter is used to set off a variety of old-fashioned china patterns. If you’re a fan of the mix-and-match look of the new country table looks, this idea is perfect. It allows the same bohemian feel to grace your dining space, even if you’re just sitting down for a quick meal or using the counter as a work area. Image from Pinterest Here’s a smaller, but bold use of recycled china on a bath sink. It would be utterly charming in a small half bath or in small apartment or tiny home setting. With just enough room to keep essentials on top, but easy to keep tidy, this vintage look is complemented by the simple sink fixtures that were chosen. Image from Pinterest The use of square tiles, each with their own pattern, brings a favorite patchwork quilt to mind. No great skill is needed for laying out the design, other than an eye for what makes the viewer happy. Image from Pinterest If your love of vintage textiles leans towards the eclectic charms of “crazy quilts” – the seemingly random, but actually artfully designed bedspread patterns, you’ll love this countertop idea. Image from Pinterest The exuberance and geometric shapes of this design are quite reminiscent of a vintage crocheted afghan and can be appreciated no matter what the time of year. The colors are fantastic and would be perfect in a home that celebrates vintage style. There are hints of the color schemes of the mid-1950s through the rusty shades and avocado greens of the 1970s in this piece of countertop art. For a similar effect, one can utilize a mosaic design that combines strongly delineated blocks that contain smaller repeated patterns. This one, in a crisp blue and white, gives the same feeling, while containing the color scheme to one. Abstract Encryption Mosaic Designs by Mozaico.. Floral Bounty Flower mosaics, branches, and other botanical elements are design staples, and lend themselves very well to a repeated pattern or single bold graphic on a surface. These mosaic countertop ideas are loosely bound together by subject, but leave plenty of room for individual interpretation of style and color. The strength of the mosaic patterns in this bathroom evokes garden design at its best. Without overdoing the floral elements, the colors still remind anyone seeing it of summery blooms and overhanging branches. The earthenware style of the sink basin adds just the right touch of outdoor style to the mix, with a finish that looks like a fine Italian planter. Image from Pinterest These kitchen mosaic counters don’t hold back. With a vining flower zooming upwards, butterflies busily working, and a simple terracotta-hued edging treatment, they would blend perfectly with paver tiles and a rustic patio setting. Image from Pinterest The appeal of this bright surface lies in the lack of details. While it doesn’t look like any particular flower, it has the naive charm of a folk painting. It continues to feel like the best of a tropical garden, without the distraction of a strong single motif. It shines like a piece of art, inviting a clean slate after any kitchen mosaic work! Image from Pinterest This sophisticated look uses the shape of the sink and the large mirrors to really make a smaller surface pop with energy. The colors are intense but work with the space to keep it from feeling confined. The six-sided sink adds another bold note to the whole presentation. It’s a great example of combining mosaic art with existing features to overcome any shortcomings. Image from Pinterest A central design set into a more monochromatic color field is always stunning, as in the way that this single flower and hummingbird mosaic enliven a sunroom. The glass accents in the tilework are used to bring out the texture of the bloom. Image from Pinterest A similar play on texture can be seen in this floral mosaic motif. The glittery qualities of individual tiles add depth and interest to the more abstract blossoms. This would be a stunning way to accent an outdoor bar top, with the moonlight or lanterns bringing out the inner glow of the piece. Perfect for a magical night in warm weather. Image from Mozaico.com Picking out your favorite mosaic countertop ideas may be the most fun you’ve had planning your next project. Be sure to visit our online catalog for as many types of mosaic art as you could ever imagine, and enjoy mapping out your next design!
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Few mosaic projects are more satisfying and practical than decorating a basic terra cotta flower pot. I've probably lost track of how many of these I have made over the years, but I'm sure it is in the hundreds. Here's how I made the most recent batch, which are actually all sold already. As I make more, feel free to ask for any colors or themes you would like me to make for you! I begin with playing with patterns and colors, laying dishes out on the floor so that I can get enough distance to imagine how the colors will interact on the surface of the pot. This is a skill that improves with practice. As with anything creative, it is nice when you feel inspired. Unfortunately, I was not feeling it with these pots. The weather was cold and my family was sick and I was weary at the thought of spending time in the studio on several of the nights I normally work. But the more practice you put into your craft, the more you can work from a place of experience and instinct without the warm comfort of the Muse cheering you on. The next step is to begin cutting the pieces and arranging them. I use several different kinds of nippers to get the size and shapes I need. (I've written about my nippers before in this post.) I use tile adhesive in a cake-decorating bag to apply glue. It has a creamy peanut butter consistency and a perfect working time of about 30 minutes. I confess, I was not as happy with the pots at this point as I thought I would be. But it is important to allow room for your ideas to unfold and be what they are. Grout has the ability to change the entire mood of a piece, so I waited for a nice day when I could open the garage door and really see the colors. bahama beige grout white grout gray grout I ultimately chose to use three different colors of grout: Bahama Beige, White and Gray, all in the sanded version (I personally hate the consistency of unsanded grout and try to never use it) Once the grout has cured a bit, I add a spray sealer to the exterior and the interior as well. I have several pots that I made at least 5 years ago that I use for myself. The blue ones (which were on the windowsill inside and the dogs knocked over and cracked, so I kept them instead of selling them) have been outside on the covered front porch for years now. They have held geraniums, marigolds, pansies, vinca, and mums almost non stop, and though they are dirty, they have not eroded at all. I also have large pot inside that holds my aged Christmas cactus. It's been in this pot for about 5 years as well and though I forget to water it sometimes, it has seen plenty of moisture at other times (I put it outside in the summer) and has stood up to time, dirt and water very well. I don't ever suggest that my pots be left in the elements to freeze, of course. So if you are wanting to try making a flower pot yourself or if you would like me to make one for you, this is how it is done! Enjoy! these are medium and large flower pots which currently sell for 35-48 dollars each and come with a corresponding plate or saucer