Glass mosaic tiles generally come in monochromatic, textured, geometric or multi-colored patterns. They are commonly sold in sheets with mesh backing to be used in interior design projects, such as kitchen backsplash work, table tops, bathroom walls, floors or shower stalls.
Glass mosaic tiles come in many types, including gem-like pebbles, beach glass and stained glass, as well as tiles with mirrored or metallic finishes. Square tiles are the most common, but mosaic tiles come in a wide variety of shapes. Linear tiles are narrow strips of glass that lie parallel to one another. They can be used as an accent strip alongside larger tiles or to tile an entire wall. Some tiles are cut into geometric shapes and formed into a repeating design or pattern.
Many glass mosaic tile patterns incorporate other materials, such as slate or stone, to give a multi-dimensional, textured look. This design technique is used to tie many colors and materials from around the room together organically. An interior designer who is creating an aquatic theme might choose a blend of sand-worn beach glass, iridescent blue glass and sandstone to represent the primary elements of a tropical beach.
Individual pieces and sheets of glass mosaic tiles are available at most home improvement stores, as well as online through tile retailers such as TileBar and Builder Elements.