Tile, Fashion and LAX: Color-Blocking Is Worth Copying

September 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm 8 comments

Have you ever flown through LAX and notice the color blocked mosaic tile tunnel walls?

We made the super quick trip from SF to LA this past weekend (55 minute flight, baby), and it struck us how the 50 year old mosaic design is back at the height of fashion right now!

LAX mosaic tile from Apartment Therapy

LAX mosaic tile (from Apartment Therapy)

If you’ve had your eyes open, you’ve probably noticed color-blocking EVERYWHERE these last few seasons.

Color blocking fashion from Fashion INDIE

(Fom Fashion INDIE)

The LAX installation just reminded us of how freakin’ cool mosaic glass tile like our Brio® tile really is!

So classic, its literally been around for thousands of years, and yet its still fresh and modern, even 50 years after being installed.  Mosaic tile really is on-trend all of the time.  It’s très chic.

mosaic tile at LAX- like modwalls.com Brio mosaic tile

Love our Brio® mosaic tile but feel like color-blocking may be a bit too bold for your space?  You might want to try a solid-color mosaic for your first project.

This bathroom (which was featured in Dwell), has our Brio® 3/4″ mosaic tile in the color “Tarragon.”

modwalls Brio mosaic tile color tarragon green bath from dwell

modwalls® Brio® glass mosaic tile “Tarragon."

Or you can color-block using different mediums.  This kitchen features modwalls® Brio® 3/4″ “Clear Red” tile on the kitchen backsplash and its complimented by 2 colors of orange paint and dark cabinets.

color-blocking modwalls Brio glass mosaic tile Clear Red with orange paint

How would you color-block?  Color-block your clothes? Color-block your home?  What’s your take on this vibrant trend?

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Elizabeth  |  September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    What fun, bright, colors! I wish I had the nerve for that green tile!

  • 2. modwallsdesignernotes  |  September 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    You can do it, Mary Elizabeth!

  • 3. Michelle  |  September 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wow! That is super cool! I fly out of LAX all the time and I don’t think I have ever seen it! :)

  • 4. Michelle Hotchkiss  |  October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    i love it, totally inspired and want to color block everything!

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  • 7. Janet Bennett  |  August 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I am the individual who designed these murals back in 1960! I designed the murals in the 5 tunnels so that passengers would not notice how long they were walking. My inspiration was a transcontinental theme with the colors representing ocean to forest to prairies to desert with a single red stripe marking midpoint and then the colors reversing. I am so happy that my work is still enjoyed today. – Janet Bennett

    • 8. modwallsdesignernotes  |  August 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Janet- I’ve just sent you an email. We’d love to write a story about you and your work for our blog.
      I hope to hear back from you soon. Kindest regards,
      Rebecca Lonergan


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