Terrazzo: The Forgotten Material Is Back and Better Than Ever

December 27 2017

Here at Luxe Walls, we’ve seen that the previously forgotten material Terrazzo is everywhere and majorly trending in interior design decor. Although sometimes a divisive component, the amount of people that are falling for this decorative element has Terrazzo making a massive comeback.

Terrazzo itself is a composite material made by mixing marble, granite, quartz or glass chips with a cement or epoxy binder, giving the material its strength and flexibility. Once hardened, the mix is ground down with machinery to expose the aggregate that forms the intricate geometric patterns within.

This ingenious material has been originally traced back to 16th century Venice, where mosaic workers created Terrazzo from repurposing oddly shaped marble remnants to use in their own houses.

The popularity of Terrazzo worldwide began to spike from the migration of Italians in the 1900s, people falling in love with this strong yet elegant material. Although it has been around for centuries, Terrazzo is forming a major resurgence in the interior design world as it paves the way for modern and contemporary styles.

With its unparalleled durability, versatility and adaptability, the opportunities of using Terrazzo in a space are endless. Unlike almost any other material, Terrazzo can be used for flooring, wall panels, kitchen countertops, sinks and even furniture.

This amazing multi-purpose nature has old and young designers alike inspired, experimenting with its possibilities in new and exciting ways. This inspiration has led to designers exploring the smooth, curvilinear and expressive qualities of this unique element to create entirely new materials from traditional Terrazzo.

An exciting example of this has been Dutch designers recreating traditional Persian carpets by using series of Terrazzo pieces, calling them petrified carpets. It is this new designing potential and creative stimulation that has Terrazzo experiencing a powerful renaissance.

Keeping all of these positive aspects of Terrazzo in mind, there has never been a better time to use such a multi-purpose material in your home or chosen space. This element has a virtually unlimited range of colours and textures available, adding a premium feel and perfect statement to any aspect of a space. All these potential colour combinations and clash of materials that Terrazzo embodies adds a sense of vibrancy and texture that the material can bring to any interior.

But it’s not just the design flexibility that brings Terrazzo to the table as a major option for your space – the maintenance of this decorative statement is one of its greatest aspects. As a substance, Terrazzo endures a wide range of harsh weather elements such as the heat, the cold or the rain. From this, the material doesn’t hold moisture, helping to avoid any kind of stain or grout that hounds other flooring systems. From this, cleaning is reduced to a minimum which adds up to a huge cost saver over the years.

From all this, it really isn’t hard to see why Terrazzo is all the rage within the interior design world. However, it can also be a little overwhelming to journey into a full renovation or building development to get this material in your space. Here at Luxe Walls, our wallpaper can give you that Terrazzo statement without all the extra worries. It looks like it’s definitely time to explore Terrazzo’s expressive potential that has been forgotten over the years, as stylists are thinking that this trend is sticking around for the long run.

Featured image credit: Inside Out Magazine, Photographer: Brooke Holm, Stylist: Marsha Golemac