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New Vetrazzo Recycled Glass Subway Tile at Modwalls

Modwalls has joined LEED certified Vetrazzo to offer exclusive subway tile in 3 sizes made of  Vetrazzo’s American made  recycled glass surfaces.



Vetrazzo, the famed American made recycled glass composite surfacing, is making subway tile designed and sold exclusively by Modwalls Tile.

Now you can cover your interior walls and floors, including wet areas, with any of 4 colors and 3 sizes of modern and earthy subway tile designs. We are offering Martini Flint, Floating Blue, Titanium and Chivalry Blue Vetrazzo colors in 3×6, 4×8 and 4×12 subway tile sizes.






Order Samples to see the true beauty of these recycled glass tiles that is difficult to capture in photos.


More About Vetrazzo:

Back when “green” was just a color and not a sustainable development term, Vetrazzo was already using glass refuse to create stunning surfaces. A slab can be made of 100% recycled glass. Vetrazzo is the logical choice for consumers and professionals who care about the ecological impact of their projects, especially for LEED buildings: Vetrazzo is committed to highest sustainability standards Using pre- and post-consumer recycled glass from local curbside recycling programs to reduce carbon footprint. Over the years, glass from sources as surprising and varied as old traffic lights from a city in California, all kinds of jars, windshields from cars or architectural glass from skyscrapers has gone into Vetrazzo mixes.

Modwalls Tile company has been Designed to Deligh since 2005. Modwalls offers  their own colorful modern tile designs, along with a curated collection of unique tile, for both commercial and residential spaces. Sold online at Retail and Trade clients welcomed.


October 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

BASIS. Design From The Ground Up.

Meet BASIS by Modwalls Tile.


Modwalls’ founder Rebecca Lonergan designed our new  American made ceramic tile collection to meet our clients’ need for cool floor and wall tile that works in residential and commercial environments, both indoor and out.


Hefty 10mm thick handmade ceramic tiles are available in 32 gorgeous glaze colors with both matte and glossy finishes.


Unique 6×12 large hexagons and 8″ triangles have a modern Modwalls twist with slightly rounded points.



Says  Rebecca: “I’m currently designing my own master bathroom remodel and BASIS is just what I want for the floor.  It’s tough for me to choose just one color, so I’m not going to! I’m thinking of a random mix of these 7 matte shades using our large-and-in-charge elongated hexagons.

Perhaps I’ll narrow it down to 3.  I always like to use odd numbers when blending colors. An odd number of colors is more visually appealing than even. When it is even- your eye tends to want to see a pattern. Odd numbers shake things up a bit, in a good way!

Now to choose the right shower tile, knowing that the floor will be the star of the show.  Perhaps our Lush 3×6 glass subway tile in a complimentary color? This could take a while…”


2×2 color chip samples are in stock and  available free to the trade and at a nominal cost to retail customers. Once tile is ordered it is made in the USA and shipped in just 2-3 weeks.


6×6 Plus design is equal parts classic and modern.


Rounded edged 6×12 subway tile are another innovate modern shape.


Strike tiles are fun and mod!

m2-3-inch-fiddlehead-hex-floor-tilesOur BASIS collection also offers a full line of field tile shapes and sizes like these 3″ hexagons.


Don’t see what you want? Ask us! BASIS can be customized in color and shape/size. Minimum order size required for customization. Extra set up manufacturing fees may apply.




There’s Nothing Basic about Basis! Only at Modwalls Tile Company.

Shop Online at Or call us at +1-877-439-9734 /+1-831-689-9734  to speak with one of our tile design experts.


Modwalls Tile Company was founded in 2005 by Rebecca Lonergan & David Bousfield. We offer Rebecca’s original tile designs along with a curated collection of colorful modern tile for indoor and outdoor, commercial and residential spaces. Modwalls sells to trade and retail clients. Our tile and service are “Designed to Delight”.



October 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Renovating? We’ve Got Your Tile

Modwalls Lush Glass Tile New Low Price

Modwalls Lush glass subway tile at the lowest price ever.

Are you ready to remodel? We’ve got some good news for you:

Our best selling  Lush glass subway tile collection in great colors and sizes is now at the lowest price ever. In stock and ready to ship anywhere in North America.

Yes- it’s the high quality gorgeous glass tile that we’ve been known for since 2005. If you’re heading for a remodel we’re ready to help. You can Order Samples of Lush Subway Tile  to assist you in choosing the best color for you.

Here are some cool rooms made a bit glossier with our designer tile:


Shower featuring modwalls Lush 4x12 Fog Bank

Shower featuring Modwalls Lush 4×12 Fog Bank

Image 4Lush 4×12 Surf Green Glass Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Lush 3x6 Driftwood

Lush 3×6 Driftwood Greige Glass Subway Tile Shower

modwalls Lush 3x6 vapor tile

Lush 3×6 Vapor Pale Blue Glass Subway Tile  Modern Shower

1x4 cloud kitchen laura ricks_2

Lush 1×4 Cloud White Glass Subway Tile Modern Glass Subway Tile



Take a peek at what’s in the works for Modwalls next via this blog post from OnDeck:



Modwalls has been designing and selling Colorful Modern Tile since 2005.

We offer the highest quality tile designs at our online tile store. Give us a try.



February 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Did you know that all grouts are NOT created equal?

Seriously…All grouts are not created equal.

More often than not, grout becomes an overlooked element within the tile installation process (why is that btw?).  We believe it’s just as important as finding the tile that’s right for you!  Grout is what seals everything together – literally.  Don’t go through all this time to find the right tile only to not think about what grout you will grout it with.

Since we have the fortunate privilege of chatting daily with wonderful people like yourself about their tile installations, we are in the know as to what people are planning and what they are…well…not.

Grout can either be something that you have to do OR it can be something that makes your tile look even more amazing when it’s complete!  Like we have mentioned in the past, we are extremely passionate about Bostik Dimension Urethane Grout paired with most of our modwalls tile.  It’s kinda like the perfect marriage of tile and grout.  And we want to encourage you to specifically ask yourself, “What type & color of grout would look best with this tile [I’ve selected]?”…and “When is sanded grout most appropriate?”…

Since most of us are visual learners, I had this super cool idea to photograph our ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles in both Dimension Grout and regular sanded grout.  The visual speaks for itself…one is “clearly” better AND it’s better for the environment.🙂

Helpful hint = whenever you are installing glass or any translucent tile, the surrounding grout has a major impact on how your tile will appear once installation is complete. 

On the left- Diamond Starglass Grout and on the right is a standard white sanded grout.

Note:  Both of the above images are taken with the same digital camera in the same lighting conditions.

In the application on the left, the Dimension grout allows light to enter in and through the grout and also the clear glass pebbles – making the whole area appear more illuminated.  The sanded grout application, shown on the above right, does not allow light to flow through the grout and therefore makes the pebbles appear much darker overall.  Same exact pebble tile, but with different grouts.

Here are some other examples of Dimension Grout paired with our Lush® modwalls tile:

Modwalls Lush Blend installed with Opal Dimension Grout

Modwalls Rex Ray TYPE White Tile grouted with Diamond Dimension Grout

Modwalls Lush Glass Subway tile grouted with Diamond Dimension Grout

Now lets get a little more in-depth on the Dimension grout by Bostik specifics…The actual product description is Translucent Grout for Glass Tile.  

For all you eco-friendly peeps out there, you’ll be happy to know that this product is made from post-consumer recycled glass – a truly revolutionary one-of-a-kind product!

The recycled glass is reduced down to teeny tiny beads (texture totally resembles the consistency of sugar) and is mixed with a translucent urethane binder that allows light to pass through the grout itself. So cool!  This waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break down over time, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste since it’s pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container.  Dimension long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability (aka it won’t yellow over time).  Plus, it comes in these fantastic 15 colors: diamond, onyx, opal, aquamarine, topaz, hematite, jade, amber, moonstone, aventurine, palm wood, citrine, copper, silver, and bronze.

One final benefit we want to be sure to point is how the Dimension Grout has the ability to minimizes the look of grout lines – if this is your goal. Check out these two kitchen backsplash installations below where both purchased Lush® 3×6 Sky tile, but one kitchen grouted with Aquamarine Dimension grout and the other with regular sanded grout.  The images truly speak for themselves.

Left – Lush 3×6 Sky with Dimension Grout and to the right is Lush 3×6 Sky with white sanded grout.

Dimension Grout also offers benefits of a traditional Urethane grout:

• Pre‐mixed, ready to use
• Excellent chemical, stain and mildew resistance
• Semi‐flexible, low shrinkage and high crack resistance
• No color fading, streaking or shading – Even when wet!
• Fast, easy clean‐up when compared to epoxy and cementgrouts
• Innovative, proprietary coloring system
• Excess product can be saved and used later
• UV stable colors (non‐yellowing)
• Self‐sealing – no sealing required
• Non‐sag formula for vertical surfaces
• Free of BPA (bisphenol‐A) found in epoxy grouts
• Dust‐free mixing
• Fast, easy installation ‐ installs up to 50% faster than othergrouts
• Superior to cement grout
• Contributes to USGBC LEED Credits: MR 4.1 & 4.2(Recycled Content), MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials), and EQ, 4.1 (Low‐Emitting Materials).
• Contains over 80% post‐consumer recycled content.

Overall, all these features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come!

Where can you use Dimension grout you ask?  It  can be used on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a variety of interior and exterior installations of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles in a range of grout joint widths.

When is sanded grout appropriate?

Sanded grout is appropriate in many installations.  I think sanded grout looks great with natural stone, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, etc. – basically any solid tile aka non-translucent.  Below are images of a some modwalls products installed with neutral sanded grout.  As you can see, sanded grout can be used as a design element to add heavy contrast and definition to the tile and/or the pattern.

Example where sanded grout is totally acceptable = with ceramic, porcelain, or other opaque tile products.

Modwalls ModDotz Confetti grouted with a sanded grout

Brio Blend Palisades grouted with a neutral sanded grout

ModDotz shower installed with white sanded grout for high-contrast.

Now what?

It is our hope that you would soak up all this information and spend some time to select the best grout for your tile – whether that be Dimension Urethane Grout or sanded grout!

We resell the Dimension grout by Bostik because we believe that it is an asset to the look of our tile collections. Contact us at for more information. You may even order a Dimension grout color sample box from us before you buy your selected color.

Have more questions?  Feel free to call  1-877-439-9734 or 1-831-689-9834 with any related or unrelated tile installation questions.

We’d love to help!

Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  Modwalls: Colorful modern tile since 2005 for Residential, Commerical and Hospitality projects. Discounts to the Trade.

January 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Tile Design vs. Electrical Outlets & Switches

We get asked this great question quite regularly:  

“I LOVE my new tile, but I need some advice…What should I do with the electrical outlets that fall within the kitchen backsplash area?”  

Good news!  We’ve got several creative solutions for you – yay!!!

These little necessary items can possibly ruin your beautiful, and often pricey backsplash!  We are confident that if you consider the locations ahead of time, you will improve the finished look of your kitchen or bathroom.🙂

Details on outlets…

It’s required by law that you have electrical outlets within your kitchen – which is a good thing!

Your kitchen has many electrical needs:  major appliances, small appliances, built-in appliances, lighting, exhaust fans, and basically anything you might want to plug in or switch on while you’re in there.

In regards to your kitchen or bathroom, the National Electric Code requires:

  • Small appliance circuits feeding countertop receptacle outlets are required to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected
  • Any countertop wider than one foot requires a receptacle outlet
  • Receptacle outlets must be installed every four linear feet at minimum – more is totally fine too
  • Countertops separated by range cook top, refrigerators, or sinks are considered separate countertop spaces
Modwalls_Counter Top Appliances

Examples of kitchen appliances in need of electrical outlets.

Are you in the planning phase of your new kitchen or bath remodel?  

If you are planning your kitchen or bath remodel, congrats(!), you are thinking ahead!  Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself and discuss with your electrician regarding your kitchen or bath’s electrical needs:

  • What fixed/portable appliances do you plan to install/have in your kitchen? What are the locations and their power requirements?
  • What kind of lighting do you want/need: Ceiling? Under cabinet? Toe kick? Pendant or chandelier? Recessed? Surface Mount? Ceiling fan?
  • What kind of lighting controls do you need?
  • Where do you want your light switches and appliance outlets?
  • What materials/installation practices do you need to comply with National Electric Code requirements? Hint: ask your electrician
  • Do you have special requirements due to disabilities and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act?
  • What are the brand specification of all fixtures you want?  Have your electrician check these out too.

After you discuss your electrical needs with your electrician and have a final layout in mind, the electrical outlets and switches can be located and installed.  Don’t worry if you already have your outlets in place, it’s really easy to move them around and make adjustments before the installation of your backsplash.

There are several different ways to approach this without ruining your backsplash with a bunch of ugly, poorly  placed outlets and switches.  Here are some creative solutions as to how you can address the outlets & switches within your backsplash.

Implementing Creative Solutions…

#1 – Flip your outlets horizontally to coordinate with the pattern of your backsplash (but if your backsplash has a vertical pattern to it, keep you outlets vertical too)


Horizontal Outlet Sketch
Manhattan Ave Residence - modern - bathroom - los angeles - Michael Lee Architects

#2 – Install a power strip under your upper cabinets


Undercabinet Power Strip Sketch
Wyncote home - exterior - eclectic - kitchen - philadelphia - Colleen Steixner

#3 – Install the outlets or switches on or within your cabinets…(some additional planning involved).


Outlet Sketch001_2

Photo by Rockwood Cabinetry


#4 – Install your outlets where you know you’ll need them!


Outlet Sketch001

Image 4


#5 – Install custom pop-up grommet outlets where you know you’ll need them!


Kitchen Power Grommet - modern - kitchen - los angeles - Doug Mockett & Company, Inc

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South Fork Kitchen - eclectic - kitchen - phoenix - Troyer Kitchen and Bath

Find these at


#6 – Specify outlet and switch plate covers to coordinate with your material selections: making them a design element instead of an eyesore!


mendocino kit rspitzer2

1x4 cloud kitchen laura ricks_2


#7 – [Bathroom specific] – Install the outlets or switches within your bathroom mirror and trim with a mirrored cover…some additional planning involved.  Look closely for them!


Playhouse_Modwalls Lush 1x4 Sunset

Playhouse_Modwalls_Brio clear peridot


Q:  Have some other creative outlet and switch solutions?  Share them with us and we’ll add it to this blog! 

Modwalls® has been making Colorful Modern Tile since 2005. We have high end and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  Samples Available and Discounts to the Trade.  Residential, Commercial and Hospitality. Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile.

January 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm 4 comments

Space as Story – Traction Architecture

“Color can be a powerful way to evoke feelings and to connect interior and exterior spaces.”

Jody Beck

Jody Beck of Traction Architecture

Jody Beck of Traction Architecture became interested in architecture through studying art and architectural history.

“I loved the way that buildings could be unraveled to tell stories about distant times, places and cultures. By understanding the soaring space inside the nave of a Gothic cathedral, or the meticulous proportions of Palladio’s villas, you can learn a lot about the aspirations of the people who built them.”

Bougainvillea House

Bougainvillea House

The view of space as a conduit to story inspired us to learn more about this successful Florida-based company that often uses Modwalls‘ tiles in their work.

How does your company’s approach differ from other architects?

Seagrape House

Seagrape House

The phrase that most defines our work is “design for thoughtful living,” and by that we mean creating architecture that addresses the spirit of a place – not just its physical characteristics, but also the subjective narratives that it evokes. Many of our projects are houses, which, while humble in scale, are the single most important piece of architecture to the family who lives there.

We strive to create thoughtful spaces that address the way that people live and interact. We are interested in design that celebrates the mundane activities of the everyday, in creating moments that are suggestive of old memories and capable of generating new ones.

How do you use color in your work?

Our work is generally pretty subtle, especially when it comes to finishes. Sometimes we like to let a well-chosen color set the mood for a space. We try not to overpower the sensory experience but a judicious flash of color can have a big impact.

“Seagrass” is a favorite but also, in the strong Florida sun, we like some of the quieter shades such as “Thistle” & “Rain”. We like the richness and consistency of the colors in the Modwalls’ tiles.

Seagrape House

Seagrape House

Color can also be a powerful way to evoke feelings and to connect interior and exterior spaces.

In one of our projects, the Bougainvillea House, a deeply inset window is positioned at eye level to serve as an oculus to focus the view. The exterior head, sill and jambs of the oculus are painted a vivid blue that casts a calming glow into the space suggesting the sky and the nearby sea.


Bougainvillia House – Interior

Speaking of color – you lit up the sky with your Sky Striker installation. Can you tell us a little about that and how you came up with it?


Sky Striker

Sky Striker was an interactive urban experience that transformed an iconic cylindrical-shaped Tampa skyscraper into a giant carnival game.

Participants – young, old, big and small – lit up the city’s skyline by swinging a mallet and striking a carnival high-striker that was wirelessly connected to light fixtures throughout the Tower. With each hit, the puck shot up the machine and simultaneously illuminated rings of light around the building, broadcasting the strength of each participant across the skyline.

We wanted a way for the average ‘passer-by’ to be able to interact with this landmark in Tampa’s skyline and have that person be able to transmit what they were doing visually to people across the city.

Inevitably, people miles away were staring at the blinking lights in the skyscraper thinking ‘what’s going on downtown?’ Tapping into that sense of wonder and observing people engage with architecture on a range of scales was both fun and thought-provoking for us and our firm.

Sky Striker

Sky Striker – Across Town

What are some examples of how design can enhance the every day?

One example that comes to mind is the creation of framed views. Sometimes, instead of providing the maximum view possible, if you deny a general view but curate a specific view, you can draw attention to aspects of the environment that may otherwise be overlooked. For example, a view highlighting a single tree or branch of a tree can illuminate the texture of the bark or the arch of a twig – the details that are hard to notice when viewing the whole forest.

How can transformed spaces transform lives?

We design many of our homes around an open den area, which we think of as a “modern hearth.” It’s often elevated above the main living space, so that it is visually connected but separate. It’s a special space where family can gather for a wide range of interactions – helpings kids with homework, working on a puzzle, planning the next pillow fort, or simply a place for quiet contemplation.

Traction Architecture has been covered by ABC and Fox News, LUX Life, Archello and Custom Home Magazines. For more information, email or call 813-992.2798.

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