While marble in interior design seems to be everywhere you look, there’s another material that appears to be sharing the crown as one of the trends of the moment.
But, rather ironically, it isn’t new at all, with a history that dates back nearly as far as it’s predecessor. Yes, we’re talking about terrazzo, and it’s set to be one of the biggest trends of the year. But what is terrazzo, where is it from and more importantly, why should you adopt it into your home this year?
What is terrazzo and where does it come from?
Terrazzo is a composite material formed from cement or resin which reuses the off-cuts of marble, quartz, and metal or glass chippings to create a pattern. It can either be poured by hand on-site or precast into blocks that are later cut to size and polished to a uniformed texture.
Its initial popularity rose in the 16th century where workers took marble chips and set them into clay as a cost-cutting measure. After all, it was much less expensive to create a terrazzo floor than it was to use authentic marble. It wasn’t until the 1920s when the decorative flourishes and curved designs of Art Deco were found to be achievable using this material, and in 1958, one of the most well-known examples of terrazzo was created - the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The introduction of polymer in the 1970s allowed for a much wider choice of colours as well as easier installation. The polymer made terrazzo lighter weight and gave it an impermeable finish with less cracking.
Today, we are seeing what is essentially the third-coming of terrazzo. It was everywhere during last year’s London Design Week, showing that designers and makers are adopting this ancient material in brand new ways.
Why terrazzo is the perfect addition to your home
As mentioned, terrazzo is incredibly versatile. It can be made with nearly any colour combination, from soft neutrals in grey, black and cream to trending colours of blush, indigo blue and emerald green. The size of the chips will vary as well so you can have a striking wow-factor feature using terrazzo or a subtle hit of pattern and colour when using smaller chips.
Of course, while you may be inclined to source your terrazzo surfaces for your kitchen, bathroom or flooring, it’s far easier to simply dip into the trend using accessories. There are so many designs on the market, you are sure to find something you love. From light fixtures to cushions, wallpaper to rugs, you can find terrazzo patterns on nearly everything for your home.
The subtle organic pattern is a perfect foil for nearly any style too. Pair it with pale wood and clean designs for a touch of Scandi cool or choose a terrazzo table with brushed gold accents for a glamorous mix. Whether you decide to use it as a small accent or make a statement, this is one trend we hope isn’t going anywhere!
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.