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.




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.


Machine made glass tile squares


Hand cut Smalti


Hand cut 24k gold leaf Smalti


Hand cut art glass




Machine made ceramic tile squares


Hand cut china and porcelain


Machine made iridized glass tile squares


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