Mosaics create a focal point that's easy to maintain.
There's a trend towards tiling entire bathroom walls, which hasn't been particularly popular in North America in the past, says designer Glen Peloso, principal of Glen Peloso Interiors. Mosaics are being used floor-to-ceiling on the wall that houses the sink, vanity and mirror, for instance. The tile trend is even extending to living rooms, particularly around fireplaces. Large porcelain and glass tiles are a lot lighter than using a slab of stone, he adds.