60 colors of mosaic floor tile for a mid-century bathroom

JOHN SPOTTED THIS GREAT PORCELAIN CERAMIC MOSAIC bathroom tile, which would be great for a 1960s bathroom floor. It’s from a company new to me — Nemo Tile. There are 60 different color combinations to choose from.

Design tips for your bathroom renovation: Choose a mosaic pattern… select one color from the floor tile and pair it with a matching 4×4 field tile. For the bullnose, I’d probably stick with the same color as the field tile. I’d also likely use a matte finish for the field tile with this particular flooring.  Another possibility: You could choose one single color from the multicolored mosaic floor and use it on the walls. .

John writes:
Hi Pam,
What do you think of the photo attachment from Nemo Tile Co.? I was at an architects office today on business and I saw this sample in person and it looks kind of retro 1960s to me. The company is Nemo Tile.  This pattern is called Appiani, and they are 1″x1″ ceramic and they come in small slabs with a net backing. This color combo is called Country 01. I also like the aqua 06 and also lavande, which is a mix of two medium blues.
Best, John
John – love love love it. Thank you! Nemo Tile also has other fantastic patterns that I will continue featuring. Great find.


Magically delicious.



Numbers one, three and number nine — my favorites. I so badly want to be an interior designers with a gazillion clients, so that I could do a bathroom in each and every one of these 60s colors.


Link: Nemo Tile.

  1. Kim says:

    Nemo Tile is a legendary tile store in New York City. They have a showroom/warehouse in Queens, and another in Hicksville, on Long Island, I think.

    They carry ORIGINAL patterns! One of their specialties is all of the black/white/grey pinwheels, penny tiles, octagons, etc.

    I was able to match and repair the bathroom floors of several apartments I lived in in and around NY.

    Great tile store.

    Oh, and yes, they also have fantastic current tiles… glass, etc.

    Nice folks to work with, too.


  2. Joe Barthlow says:

    finally doing my 5×8 masterbath in my ’55 Cliff May. anyone know the sqft cost on the mosaic from Nemo shown here?

  3. BlueJay says:

    This tile is pretty pricey; it is imported from Italy. The manufacturer is Appiani, and Nemo quoted us nearly $18 sq. ft. for the tile we were looking at. Try Galactic Tile out of Brooklyn. They carry this as well and are a few dollars per sq. ft. cheaper.

  4. Lynda says:

    Thanks SO much for this find. I was about to cry after last night’s tour of Home Depot and The Tile Shop. Granite, slate, brown, brown, brown. Bleh.

    Now I’ve found Nemo and GalacticTile, and my house can be itself.

  5. Terri says:

    I hope I can find a vendor in the SF Bay Area who carries this. I’ve decided I MUST have the Bianco 08 (white with red accent tiles) for the floor of my second bathroom in my 1959 SF row house. I wanted something with a bit of red because the linoleum in the adjacent room (from which one enters the bath) is a dark red. Plus I was leaning toward white subway tile on the walls. Not slavishly mid-century, but inspired.

  6. Susan C says:

    I was excited to find this source for tile for my new Mamie-pink bathroom. But I was flabbergasted to finally find out that the weird little mechanism in the wall really is a Murphy bed for a scale – I actually ran that as a possibility and said nah, who’d want to step on a scale propped up on a metal door like that. But there it is! Here’s mine, although the link may not work for long because it’s on the MLS site and will probably be taken down once we close.

  7. Adriel says:

    For y’all’s information, seems this collection is no longer available. Hope this helps saves someone wasting time looking.

  8. Pam Kueber says:

    Thank you for the info, Adriel. I updated the story to redirect to the bathroom page. It’s hard for me to keep up with all the product ins-and-outs. I appreciate your letting me know.

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