As a trend, Terrazzo has never quite disappeared off our radar and we were so pleased to see it making a comeback in a big way with no signs of the trend slowing down. So what is it about this ‘speckle effect’ that keeps our customers coming back and just where did this design come from originally? Let’s find out!
Traditional terrazzo is a composite material created using a mix of marble, quartz, granite, glass (amongst other materials) which are then set using cement or resin. Although deriving from the mosaic art form we’re familiar with, instead of being placed in a specific pattern, together these chips are mixed to create their own unique blends of colors and shapes. It is this sporadic pattern that gives each space a sense of individuality with endless patterns and colors to suit almost any theme.
Terrazzo is mostly used for flooring or wall treatments. You might remember terrazzo as the speckled flooring in your grandmother’s kitchen or from the bathroom countertops at many hotels and restaurants. The new wave of terrazzo looks a bit different, with modern influences slightly altering the look.
Terrazzo looks really good when mixed with metallic accents. The contrasting clash of the bold colored chunks against the cool metal finish is what makes this a winning combo. You can also play with size and scale of the marble/quartz/granite/glass being added to the mix for the desired effect. Especially for bathrooms and kitchens you can use metallic faucets with terrazzo flooring and wall treatments.
Today terrazzo has a wider variety of color and sizes that make the specks of materials more chunky and bold. The trend has inspired terrazzo products, such as wallpaper, pottery, center tables and accent pieces too. If tiling an entire wall seems a little too ambitious for you, consider purchasing temporary terrazzo wallpaper. This allows you to cover large areas without splurging too much and saving you some time along the way.