Mosaic Tile Ideas On Furniture

"Our mosaic collection includes a wide range of decorative patterns signed by world-famous designers and taking inspiration from textiles, floral and animalier motifs," says Rosella Bisazza, head of communications for the company. "Floors, walls and even furniture pieces can be given a touch of design style with a mosaic decoration."

In 2005, Bisazza outfitted five Mini Coopers with more than 30,000 tiles each, producing floral, tartan and other whimsical designs from headlight to tailpipe.

Should you choose a more conventional approach -- decorating, say, your bathroom -- Bisazza can help you think outside the little tile-shaped box. Here are four ideas to get you started:

*Use tile as a durable substitute for a rug. In the kitchen, "Mosaic can be used far beyond the simple backsplash," says Bisazza. "The Opus Romano collection, for example, can be an interesting solution to decorate the floor with a kind of mosaic resistant to heavy traffic."

*Try it on furniture. Is it a coffee table? An ottoman? Possibilities are endless and beautiful with this piece from Bisazza's furniture collection, designed by Marcel Wanders (pictured). Modern mosaics and curvy shapes make these a step (or three) above the old mosaic patio table. Got a DIY gene and a bare wooden or metal bench? You could try your hand at making a mosaic piece. (Hint: Keep the design super-simple.)

*Take wallpaper outside. "Thanks to its resistance to atmospheric agents, mosaic is perfectly suitable for a terrace, a courtyard, a garden path or even to embellish an external wall," says Bisazza. Our favorite idea? Creating a snazzy pattern on a blah exterior wall that adjoins a patio or deck space, to give your outdoor area an artistic focal point.

*Create free-standing artwork. Designer Patricia Urquiola's fabulous folding screen (pictured) can be used as a room divider, privacy wall or simply a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. But mosaic tile can also be applied to a simple panel and framed, in the same way that panels of pricey wallpaper or fabric are framed as art rather than used to cover an entire wall. It's a beautiful (and low-commitment) way to bring a mosaic into your home.

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