8 Things I Learned During My Bathroom Tile Renovation

Hi there, I'm Jane and I'm an employee at Mercury Mosaics! While working in our NE Minneapolis Factory I fell in love with the variation, detail, and beauty of handmade ceramic tile. So I was beyond ecstatic when my husband and I decided to use Mercury Mosaics tile in our bathroom remodel.  Watch the video below to see the magic I'm surrounded by every day I work at the studio: Even after working for a tile company for some time, I learned a lot throughout the process. Like any renovation we've done, it included the occasional challenge and a learning curve. That...

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Use Pantone's Color of the Year with Grapefruit Glaze

  We were thrilled when we saw Pantone release their 2019 color of the year: Living Coral. While a much deeper hue, it reminds us of our new glaze color 309E Grapefruit! Both are "vibrant and mellow" pink hues with a tint of warmth. It's the perfect color to brighten up a dull-hued winter. Here are 5 ways to use pink tile in your home:  1. Perfectly Pink Bathroom: Pink bathrooms are back in trend thanks to the popularity of Mid-Century Modern interiors. You'll get an instant-glam look with this color without having to do a lot of designing - the color speaks for...

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New Year Recap: Our Favorite Collaborations

In addition to setting goals for the new year we're reflecting on the past year's successes. We've been considering what worked well and making a list of our favorite projects. This made us think about how grateful we are for our design collaborations. On top of our awesome clients, we have special projects with businesses and interior designers where we work together to create installations that fuse together our goals with theirs. From the concept phase, to installation, to photography - here's a recap of our favorite tile design collaborations from 2018. 1. Construction2style Throughout the years, we've worked on multiple projects with our friends Jamie and...

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2019 Tile Lookbook Mercury Mosaics

It was a fantastic year of creative tile projects for us here at Mercury Mosaics and we cannot wait to ring in the new year with a fresh tile interior design lookbook! In 2019 we're focused on finding new ways to deliver inventive tile projects that are easy to install and even shoppable online. Our goal is to simplify our complex designs and make handmade ceramic tile more accessible than ever. So kick back, relax, and get inspired by our new interior design lookbook preview blog, or view our full digital version below: Gorgeous Geometry - Diamonds  Diamonds are most commonly used in...

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7 Mid-Century Modern Remodels with Tile

A timely take on the retro looks we love, there's a reason that Mid-Century Modern is such a popular interior design choice these days. From sleek lines and mixed textures to warm pops of color, our tile will fit perfectly into this theme for your next remodel. On this blog you will learn how to achieve this look with your tile choice and how to style your room to perfection.  Here are 7 Mid-Century Modern Remodels with Tile:  1. Natural-Hued Glaze Colors. Mid-Century Modern remodel designs often use nature-inspired decor with plenty of natural woods. We like to use warm-hued glaze...

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Dream Kitchen For Baking Tile-Inspired Cookies

Have you heard us calling Mercury Mosaics employees Tile Elves? This name came from a joke about how it looks like we're baking racks of cookies rather than handmade tile. Our tile is hand-cut, glazed and "baked" just like a sugar cookie, plus we think our employee's are magic. For this holiday season, we took the analogy to the next level and made Moroccan Fish Scale sugar cookies in a dream baking kitchen. We're not sure what's yummier, the glossy kitchen tile backsplash design or the cookies!  About the Kitchen Backsplash:   Beautiful kitchen tile backsplash designs don't have to be complex....

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10 Unique Diamond Tile Design Ideas

The gorgeous geometry of our Diamond tile offers endless unique design options. They're inspirational, bold, and simply splendid. We think this shape is written all over your next remodel. Whether you need to redo your kitchen backsplash, add a statement wall to your shower, or install a ceramic floor diamond tile design - we have what you need! Here are 10 unique tile design ideas:   1. Shine Bright Star Pattern Bring a beautiful and bold diamond tile design to your project with this simple star pattern. This dreamy look will add the perfect twinkle of fun to any room. The star...

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Visit Our Winter Makers Market

Visit Our Winter Makers Market

Visit our Mercury Mosaics Makers Market for a cozy winter afternoon of art, craft, food, and fun! Our company began with our founder's vision of supporting herself with her handmade ceramic craft. 16 years later and 30 Tile Elves strong, Mercedes can say that her vision has become a reality. Now she focuses on inspiring other artists to follow their dreams and to get rid of the concept that an artist should be starving. In honor of our entrepreneurial company values, we cannot wait to host this arts and crafts market event featuring an incredibly talented community of makers and shakers!...

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How Much Will My Tile Cost?

How Much Will My Tile Cost

We're dedicated to making your tile dreams a reality! When it comes to handmade ceramic mosaic tile backsplashes, you may think cost is a bigger barrier than it is. We created this blog to show you the range of pricing options with our tile. We have four general tiers of backsplash cost based on the complexity of the installation. Whether you want to go "all out" or just add a splash of artisan tile to your home, we're happy to be a part of your tile journey!  Before exploring projects and their pricing, there are two factors to keep in mind...

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11 Kitchen Backsplashes to Wow Your Guests

Holiday season is in full swing! We adore taking the time to make our homes extra cozy and special before guests arrive. As much as we love spending time with friends and family, it can also make us aware of some kitchen improvements we'd like to make for our next get-together. Here are 11 beautiful kitchen backsplashes that will wow your guests every time.  1. Minimal Moroccan Backsplash  Some shapes are so beautiful they don't need any extra fringe or design. Our Moroccan Fish Scales absolutely look perfect in one simple shade. We adore using a contrasting grout color for a minimalist but bold look. ...

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How to Choose the Right Tile Type for Your Project

We know the feeling. Swooning over a tile installation, feeling ready to take on your own project, to being completely overwhelmed by all of the options. But have no fear! We promise in the end, you'll be happy that you had so many choices because that means that your dream tile installation is possible for your home. Plus, we're here to help you navigate the beautiful world of tile! There are four main elements to consider when choosing the right tile type for your project: Material, Size, Shape, and Color.  1. Material First things first, there are different types of tile materials out there: glass,...

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Stunning Sapphire Blue Tile Design for a Small Bathroom

Posh and polished (just like the homeowner) this stunning sapphire blue bathroom will have you in awe. The owner of this amazing lake house is our friend Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio. Her refined design-eye coupled with our bright and bold tile transformed this small bathroom into the perfect master bath. And could you believe it? This is a super simple project! Read on to learn more about this design and how to achieve the look yourself.   3"x8" Subway Tile - 23 Sapphire Blue. Regular Hexagons -  45R My Blue Heaven, 130 White, 23 Sapphire Blue.  Bright & Bold for Small...

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7 Steps to Designing a Custom Backsplash

Custom tiling is just about as gorgeous as it can be scary. Nothing quite beats the end result of an iridescent tile wave flowing through your kitchen or an organic transition from one tile shape to another. However, from choosing glaze color to getting the right measurements in your space, it can be a confusing process. We’ve created this 7 step guide based on our custom DIY mosaic backsplash collaboration with Construction2Style to help make your custom tiling process simple and efficient with a guarantee of achieving the exact custom tile you’ve been dreaming of. 1. Get Inspired Gathering inspiration...

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10 Ways to Use Ceramic Tile for Your Fireplace Surround

The fireplace is a beautiful gathering spot to connect with loved ones during chilly days. This focal point of the room brings coziness and warmth to everyone inside. Whether you're adding a fireplace or updating an old one, give special attention to this project. The fireplace tends to become the centerpiece of the room, shaping the look and feel of the rest of the space. Here are 10 tile ideas for your fireplace: 1. Moroccan Fish Scales Fireplace Surround Mix fire and water by adding our Moroccan Fish Scale tile to your fireplace. This modern update is inspired by the popular trend of patterned fireplaces. While it's...

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Fall in Love with the Variation of Handmade Tile

There's a lot of beautiful tile out there, but one of the most unique elements to ours is the variation in our glaze. Each tile is hand-painted by our talented Tile Elves creating stunning detail to each piece. While each glaze has a different degree of variation, this technique creates a stunning organic look to your final piece, sometimes even showing off individual brush strokes. Be ready to fall in love with the details behind handcrafted tile products and learn how special our tile variation can be. Learn about all the factors to consider when choosing a glaze color with this blog "Choosing...

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Tile Home Tour: Newley Remodeled Mid-Century House

We're extremely excited to share a home that is filled to the brim with our tile. For the past year we have been working with our friend, Lesley Farmer, to cover 6 areas of her house with our handmade tile! With the incredible craftsmanship and installations of Kinetic Design Build, the result was stunning. It called for a full day of our team playing in her house and taking pictures of her beautifully remodeled Mid-Century Modern home. Everything in her house is absolutely gorgeous and we are so happy to have our tile be such a big part of it.  1. Subway Tile...

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10 Tips We Learned From BizCom Summit

Last Thursday, we opened our studio doors to the amazing Construction2Style & Alta Events for the first ever BizCom Summit event, and we left with bundles of inspiration and excitement for future collaborations. We learned so much from the influencers, bloggers, and other creatives at the event about marketing strategies and creating a consistent online presence. Being a small business comes with many hurdles, but with the sense of community we received from everyone at the event that night, those hurdles are a little more bearable! Here are 10 things we learned at BizCom Summit: 1. Collaboration over Competition Collaboration over competition...

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Open Shelving and Tile

We adore all of the open shelving designs our clients have been creating with our tile. Not only does it offer beautiful styling options for your home, it's also a stunning way to get the most out of your tile backsplash. By using open shelving (also known as floating shelves) with tile behind it, you ensure that whatever is displayed on the shelves will look amazing with the backdrop of our handmade ceramic tile.  While this look is often modern, we've seen it designed to match a variety of client styles. From classic to bohemian, this shelving idea is versatile and perfect...

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6 Tile Ideas for Your Laundry Room

Did you know that the average American spends 67 hours a year doing laundry? Beautify your laundry room with tile to turn this inconvenient chore into a peaceful activity. Tile not only improves the aesthetics of your space, but it's durability and ease of cleaning makes it practical as well. In this blog we'll give you the inspiration you need to turn your laundry room into a haven of linen. Make those hours of sorting and folding as enjoyable as possible with these 6 laundry room tile ideas:  1. Laundry Room Niche Niches are often considered for the bathroom, but they are useful in any...

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Coffee Shops with Swoon-Worthy Tile

In honor of National Coffee Day this week, we're showing off some swoon-worthy tile projects we've worked on with a few amazing coffee shops. From beautifully tiled bars, to custom backsplashes, to shops covered floor to ceiling in tile - we hope you love these projects as much as we do. So pour a cup of joe, sit back, and enjoy the beauty of handmade ceramic coffee shop tile. Moroccan Fish Scales Tiled Coffee Bar Our friends at Gilbert's Coffee are embracing their seaside location by covering their bar in deep blue Moroccan Fish Scales. The tile really pops in a light...

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