Italians and style go together like Romeo and Juliet. (But without that messy ending.) So it’s no surprise that the Terrazzo trend originates there.
Quarry workers developed the technique from around 500 years ago, setting marble, granite or even glass chips in concrete. It’s compressed and polished – and polished, and polished, and polished. You can create all kinds of incredible colours and end up with a super tough, long-lasting material.
But enough of the history lesson. We’ve been finding inspiration for incorporating Terrazzo into interiors, room by gorgeous room. Take a tour!
Feeling bold? Go the whole hog with floor to ceiling to wall to bath to sink Terrazzo.
Or if you’d prefer something less permanent, check out this Terrazzo-inspired shower curtain from Urban Outfitters.
The hard-working, easy maintenance finish is perfect for heavy footfall places like hallways. But of course you don’t have to go totally Terrazzo.
Here, mosaic is merged for a stylishly classic look.
And these steps help achieve a clean, contemporary industrial feel.
Then there’s amazing wallpaper. Specially commissioned, it looks like Terrazzo from a distance, but is created by shapely female figures seemingly climbing the wall. So it manages to be stunning, and raise a smile. (That’s our kind of design.)
Getting a feel for just how versatile Terrazzo is? We love the way it can compliment a classic mood, like this countertop and splashback.
Yet because you can colour it up anyway you like, it can rock any era. This 70’s vinyl chair sets the floor off a kitsch pastel dream.
But proving you don’t have to go all out with floors, walls and surfaces, it makes a tasty trivet too.
The Living Room
You gotta love a creative floor. This one reminded of us of abstract geometric art in the vein of Miro, Mondrian and Kandinsky.
For something more subtle, we’re smitten by these hanging pendant lamps.
If you want Terrazzo everywhere, you could take inspiration from David Chipperfield’s Valentino flagship…
… or maybe just wear it!
The versatility of this super hardwearing material is just another of Terrazzo’s strengths. So whether you’re totally taken with it or just want a taste of the trend, look out for inspiration everywhere – and enjoy some in your home.