How Much Does a Custom Mosaic Cost?

Several factors determine the cost of a mosaic: Labor + Materials + Installation

1. Labor costs are determined by the complexity of the design and how many hand-cuts are required. The more detailed the design, the more pieces have to be cut, which adds to your labor costs.

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The least expensive labor cost is large random cut pieces.

Medium labor costs can be something like the example above: small pieces of pre-cut square tiles with a some hand-cuts

High labor costs can be something like the example above: small pieces of tiles or glass that are each hand-cut to fit a specific design

Labor cost: $15 - $30 per sq. ft.

Labor cost: $30 - $50 per sq. ft.

Labor cost: $50 - $300 per sq ft

2. The type of tile or "tessare" used can vary greatly in price. There is a huge range of tiles, glass, stones, ceramic, mirror and china available for mosaic. Once the project has been described; indoor, outdoor, pool, wall, floor, etc., we can determine the type of tiles that are best suited for your project. Cost per sq. ft. ranges from $6-$300.

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Machine made glass tile squares

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Hand cut Smalti

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Hand cut 24k gold leaf Smalti

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Hand cut art glass

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Pebbles

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Machine made ceramic tile squares

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Hand cut china and porcelain

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Machine made iridized glass tile squares

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Machine cut marble tile squares

3. Installation of a mosaic can be completed by Modern Mosaic or a experienced tile installer. Most of our mosaics are made in the studio, mounted on mesh, tile tape or paper, then shipped to job sites world-wide for installation by our client's tile installers. Our studio is based 20 miles north of New York City, so if your mosaic is within a few hours drive, Modern Mosaic's staff can install it for you. Installation cost is usually calculated by square feet. The cost is approximately $20-$50 per square foot plus the cost of any additional equipment such as scaffolding, hydraulic lifts, cement mixers, palette jacks, etc.




This is an example of a high labor mosaic made with a high cost smalti tile. It was constructed using the indirect "mesh" method, which allowed me to create the mosaic in my studio over several months, then install