Each room in your house is a reflection of your personality. Eccentric or calm, colorful or neutral. Whatâ€™s your style?
Some shoppers know the exact tile they are looking for, and others only know when they see it. But what if you could eliminate all that time, all that shopping, and all the guess work?
Susan Jablonâ€™s amazing Custom Mosaic Designer does just that. Whoâ€™s ready to try a virtual designing experience that is sure to leave you overjoyed with the tile of your dreams?
The Tool for the JobOur website specialists have created our Custom Mosaic Designer to be the most intuitive, interactive and user-friendly designer in the world. Just follow these easy steps to build your unique glass tile mosaic. And remember, if you need help at any point along the way, CONTACT US. We are here to help all of our customers achieve their perfect tile.
Where Do I Start?
Customers should have made many decisions at the time of backsplash design:
kitchen or home style
The backsplash typically knits all these together in your personal voice.
Starting with your backsplash design first can also be done. All the previous decisions just need to be reverse engineered to suit the design of the backsplash.
Once you have figured this out, it's time to start creating your mosaic tile!
Step 1: Select a Layout
One of the greatest things about glass tile is the nearly limitless variety of shapes and sizes in which it is available. We have taken that into consideration with our designer and we offer not 5â€¦ not 10... but over 50 different layouts that you can choose from. These layouts include full sheets of one specific sized tile, and sheets that mix and match different sized tiles arranged in new and interesting patterns. Make sure that you look at all the layouts before you make your decision, and always remember, if you are stuck, we are here to help.
Step 2: Get Familiar with the Custom Mosaic Designer
This is where all the fun begins! The Custom Mosaic Designer is split into three different columns.
The first column, furthest to the left, displays all the glass tile options you have to chose from for your design. Depending on what layout you have selected, different tile sizes will appear in rows. As you can see, the Hybrid Series 1 layout uses three different size tiles: 1x3-inch subway tiles, 1-inch tiles, and 2-inch tiles. Different layouts can have one, two, or three different tile sizes to select from.
The center column has two separate tabs at the top, labeled â€œtilesâ€ and â€œgroutâ€. For now, make sure that you stay in the tile tab.
The third column displays a grey shadow of the layout and mine is in the Hybrid Series 1 layout.
Step 3: Selecting Your Tiles
IMPORTANT- you MUST select at least one tile from EACH tile size in order for it to be displayed on the far right.
First, I am going to select a 1x3-inch subway tile. I selected the red tile, code SUB15022. Notice how, when it is selected, in the far left column it says â€œused in blendâ€ underneath the tile used. It then shows up in the middle column.
Now, I am going to select one tile from each of the other tile sizes. When I do this, a virtual image appears on the far right in the Hybrid Series 1 layout.
You may then select as many tiles as you want for each size. I will select two more tiles from the 1-inch tiles to demonstrate.
Notice how there are now three tiles in the middle column under â€œselected 1 inch tiles.â€ To now incorporate these tiles, I have to adjust their percentages. This can be done by clicking on the white box that says â€œ44â€ and you get this screen.
Step 4: How Do I Take a Tile Out of my Blend?
This is a question that is asked often and easy to solve! If, at any point, you chose a tile for your design that you no longer want in there, all you have to do is select the red X next to that tileâ€™s quantity. For example, I have chosen to take tile v770 out of my selected 1-inch tiles section.
Now that that tile is gone, you will have to readjust the percentages of the other tiles to be what you want, or you can always add new tiles.
Step 5: Staying On Budget
As you add tiles, and adjust the percentages, pay attention to the green box at the bottom of the screen. This â€œpurchaseâ€ box will indicate the cost per sq. ft. of the tile blend you are creating.
Step 6: Choosing a Grout
Not only does our Custom Mosaic Designer offer you the ability to create your tile, it also offers you instant visual feedback for your tile design with over 25 different grout options. To view your new design with different grouts, click the â€œgroutâ€ tab in the center column. To display these different grouts in your layout, simply select different colors. Below, we have selected three different grouts. Notice the difference?
Step 7: Save and Name Your Design
Now that you have created your design and selected your grout, you just need to come up with a name for the design and click the blue â€œsaveâ€ button to save it to your mosaic design library. This stores all your designs for your review and purchase. You can make as many blends or designs as you like and save them until you get the perfect one.