The Terrazzo Invasion

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I am coming at you with another trend alert today. Terrazzo – its not just for government buildings and banks anymore. It is EVERYWHERE are I am loving it!

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Terrazzo refers to an ancient method of floor making that involves crushed bits of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other leftovers suspended in either concrete or epoxy resin and polished. The result is a speckled and textured finish.

For a long time this type of flooring (I didn’t know what it was called when I was a child) reminded me of boring, heartless, and cold government buildings. But If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that trends will always come back in one form or another, and always with a new twist. Remember caning? Twisted into new shapes, paired with different colors, and tied to modern trends in design…

This is the old version of terrazzo that I remember as a child:

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These are things that do not excite.

These are things that do excite:

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Terrazzo is not just for floors anymore. It is being used as countertops, as well as furniture, and even lighting!
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The grain of terrazzo has the potential to be really large scale and bold (like in the first few photos) or smaller scale and speckled. However, both scales are rather busy and detailed, and whenever you have something that creates a busy energy in a room you have to pair it with the opposite: minimal, calm, modern, Scandinavian.  You’ll notice none of the photos I’ve shared have a ‘traditional’ vibe. They are all in styles that are more streamlined: modern, Scandinavian, mid-century, and art deco.

Terrazzo has been updated, not just in shape and style but also in color. Most terrazzo used to be a monochromatic beige, but the new iteration of terrazzo is introducing pastels, jewel tones, and moody colors:

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I absolutely love this pattern because of the way it combines the natural texture of stone, and the polished concrete, not to mention the bright, minimal designs it is being paired with! I am so excited to see where this trend is going…

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