Whether you have an outdoor pathway or an indoor hallway, mosaic tiles are a beautiful way to add visual interest to your walkway. The right designs will contribute to your overall decor scheme and give your property a unique look.
Find inspiration for your indoor and outdoor decorating projects with these six mosaic walkway ideas that will usher guests into your home, yard or garden.
1. Choose a Classic Design
If your home has a traditional feel, then you'll want a classic pattern for your walkway.
There's nothing quite as classic as a traditional checkerboard arrangement, especially if it's done in black and white. It's a look that's been popular for centuries.
Black and white squares are an elegant addition to entryways and hallways. Notice how the checkerboard walkway below gives this home a regal feel:Calacatta and Nero Checker Board Mosaic - View Details / Get Quote »
For a similar geometric look in a smaller pattern, think about mosaic walkways made of diamond tiles. Shown below is Spice from the Madison collection:Spice - View Details / Get Quote »
2. Connect with Nature
For outdoor walking paths, it's a great idea to include elements that reflect the natural world. This look is especially appropriate for garden walkways.
Stone pathways are the top choice for many gardeners. They provide a rustic look that blends comfortably with flowers and greenery.
For a path made of tiny stones, consider tiles with irregular edges, such as these Holly tiles from the Riverrock line:Holly - View Details / Get Quote »
3. Outline the Path with a Border
In design, borders help to establish defined spaces. They provide a sense of cohesiveness.
With mosaic tiles, it's easy to outline your walking path with a decorative edge. One idea is to use large tiles for the main path and outline it with smaller tiles. Consider doing this with thin strip tiles, such as those in the Suji collection:Essense - View Details / Get Quote »
You could also use intricate mosaics to line the edges of your path. The Tunisian collection includes many border designs, such as this Menelaus pattern:Menelaus - View Details / Get Quote »
Another possibility is to use border tiles in a color that contrasts with the main shade of your mosaic walkway. In the bathroom below, the walking area of the room is set off with a green outline:Green Soho Strips and Basketweave Mosaics - View Details / Get Quote »
4. Combine Many Different Patterns
To make the walking path the highlight of your design, you may want to choose an arrangement that is sure to catch eyes. One suggestion is to use a wide variety of tiles, each with its own pattern.
In this yard, the central design is surrounded by four different borders: a thin red stripe, small pebbles, lined-up bricks and square stones:
For an eye-catching walkway like this, you can use a mix of natural stone tiles. Options include cobbled stone, ledge stone, pebbles and limestone tile. Limestone in the striking Lagoz Azul shade is pictured below:Lagos Azul - View Details / Get Quote »
5. Break Free from Straight Lines
You can arrange tiles for mosaic walkways in nearly any pattern. They certainly don't need to be lined up in perfectly straight rows. If you appreciate a free-spirited vibe in your home or backyard decorating, your walking paths can be a great place to express that.
Pebble tiles, in particular, work well for garden path designs that feature many curves and swirls. For inspiration, check out the video below:
If you like the idea of incorporating curves into your walkway design but would prefer a design that feels a little less free-flowing, use water jet designs instead. These tiles are cut with a computerized jet that's capable of producing intricate turns and precise details. A water jet mosaic is an ideal choice for a tile hallway design.
The photo below shows a water jet pattern used for a bathroom walkway:Curv Cirus Waterjet Scroll Mosaic - View Details / Get Quote »
6. Create a Mosaic with Multiple Elements
For a unique twist on mosaic walkway ideas, consider combining more than one material.
Glass and mother of pearl are beautiful choices for embellishing indoor pathways. Silo from the La Perla line combines stone and mother of pearl tiles:Silo - View Details / Get Quote »
Outdoors, some homeowners outline tile walkways with wood trim. You could create a similar look with brown travertine tiles in place of the natural wood:Noce - View Details / Get Quote »
For a truly memorable look, think about making a mosaic pattern with stone and grass. In this yard, setting pale stone pavers in a bed of lush green grass created a high-contrast walkway design.
Will one of these six mosaic walkway ideas make it into your next indoor or outdoor renovation project? Mosaic walkways can be a beautiful expression of your home's personality. For more ideas on incorporating mosaic tiles into your pathway designs, make a phone call to the tile experts at Artsaics.