If you have heard of the luxury tile brand Bisazza before, you are probably thinking 'why on earth is she writing about these guys, when her blog is meant to be about budget interiors?' You'd be right to question - the Italian brand, with their Sloane Avenue showroom, are mostly known as the product of choice for the wealthy lining their swimming pools. However, Bisazza are actually wanting to reach out to a wider audience and say 'you know what, we aren't this scary brand only for the few. We want everyone to enjoy our products, even if you only want a square metre for a splash back.' I think this is pretty cool, considering most luxury brands would turn their nose up at doing this for the sake of their existing clientele. The second reason that I want to write about them, and the most important, is that when I checked out their showroom last week I was completely blown away by the quality, design and variety of their mosaic, ceramic, wood and cement tiles.
If you are currently thinking of doing, or are in the middle of doing a kitchen or bathroom re-model, have you added in anything that completely raises the game of the design? I'm talking about that one thing that will make you and your guests walk in and go 'wow!' If you hadn't thought about that, then I would advise you to pop by the Bisazza showroom and just check out what they have to offer. There are beautiful floral murals in pink and black; deco-style scallop patterns, plus block colours with bursts of gold squares.
It was these tiny gold tiles that really captured my attention. They come in hammered or flat and are painstakingly made by hand in their Italian factory with gold leaf sheets and hand-cut glass. I thought they looked best as part of the 'shading blends' collection (which involves a bit of an ombre effect). These beautiful pink pearl tiles mixed with the gold (as per the picture below) were a standout favourite for me in their showroom:
This is what this pink/gold combo (titled 'Peonia') looks like when applied:
I know - It's amazing isn't it?? This is literally the bathroom of dreams! If you would prefer this look more dark and dramatic, then the gold also comes embedded in black:
There is only one Bisazza showroom in the UK right now, but you can order online. I would however advise a visit to the showroom as it is an experience in itself. When you come down the stairs to see the products this is what you are presented with:
I know visiting a Sloane Avenue store can put a lot of people off, but the team I met on my visit couldn't have been nicer, more down-to-earth people who loved the products and the brand and really wanted to get the message out that you don't need to come in with a huge project (and an even bigger budget.) They wanted to help customers create something great - even if they only had a tiny downstairs loo.
A few of those gold squares in a basic bathroom or kitchen re-model would turn it from fab to fabulous. Here is how I would use them without breaking the bank:
In an en-suite or small toilet
If you have an en-suite or a small downstairs bathroom, then for the splash back above the sink and below the mirror you could add in some pretty gloss mosaic:
Apply to one wall only:
This incredible mural below can be found in the toilet in the Bisazza showroom. If you want something outstanding like this design, keep the costs down by only tiling one wall (such as the shower wall) and painting the other walls black. When you walk in the room your eye will be directly drawn to the mural and the black walls will only emphasize it, rather than highlight that all walls are not mosaic.
Kitchen Splash back:
Choose one of the amazing pattern designs for an on-trend splash back. Your appliances don't need to be flashy if your splash back is this incredible 'Decorations 20' design:
Frame a bathroom mirror:
If you are having a piece of mirror cut to size to be glued directly to the wall, why not frame it with some Bisazza mosiac?
As well as mosiac, there were also some gorgeous ceramic, cement and wood tiles on display in the Bisazza showroom:
These on-trend terrazzo tiles are by Tom Dixon:
And if I haven't bigged up the gold tiles enough already, then check out this number below!!
This piece is by the Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini, who is described as being 'part of the Bisazzo family'. This jacket is one of a number of pieces made out of Bisazza mosaic tesserae titled "Furniture for Man". The showroom currently only has this jacket on display, but there is also a giant boot, hat and briefcase, among other pieces, as part of the collection. Yes - it's a bloody massive jacket - but aren't those gold tiles stunning??
You can visit the Bisazza showroom at 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD. The Mendini jacket is in their showroom for the next few weeks.