As of 2015, some of the most popular mosaic tile designs incorporate intricate patterns, such as the horizontal vibe of Caprice or the combination of small bits of stone and glass in the Clio pattern. Also trending is the use of bold colors, such as reds or lime greens. Mosaic tile designs are not only popular as backsplashes, they are also used in tub surrounds and in stand-alone showers. Mosaic tiles with interesting patterns are sometimes used to accent fireplaces.
The Caprice design is made up of thin, horizontal rectangles in a single color or in a variegated pattern. The design may be as subtle as a simple cream color that barely contrasts with the grout lines. Other patterns combine various shades of red and white or black with shades of gray. This type of mosaic tile is usually installed horizontally.
The Clio pattern is made up of tiny squares, some of them polished stone, others tile. The contrast comes out in the pattern of the stones as well as the subtle differences in the tile colors. Depending on the pattern, Clio may make a large space look too busy. The more complex patterns go well with certain marble tiles in bathrooms, or as a complement to a kitchen countertop.