Why Terrazzo is FINALLY Making A Comeback!
Terrazzo has seen an increase of interest from Pinterest users. Commonly used on floors in houses from the 1960s-1970s, it has been announced as one of the big trends this 2018.
Terrazzo is made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete nor clay and is polished until smooth. Because of the polishing process, it this a smooth, flat surface. The random placement of marble chips give this material its unique look. Terrazzo almost looks like a tile version of a Jackson Pollock painting with the unpredictable and abstract look of the chips. Back in the days, the base was always made with a light cream hue, making terrazzo look like a halo-halo after it has been mixed (the milk is the cement base and the jelly represents the marble chips) . Luckily, more and more designers are using different base shades to update this iconic retro-look.
Terrazzo is generally a low maintenance yet very durable surface. Unlike carpet and wooden floors, it is water-resistant and less prone to stains. However, the finely polished surface makes it prone to slips, so it;s not ideal for households with young, unruly kids and elderly.
This very vintage element is making a comeback and it’s not just on the floor. More and more designers are using as a kitchen counter top to bathroom surfaces. If you want the look minus the expense, some suppliers offer wallpaper with the terrazzo print on it!
So Why is This Retro-Element Making a Comeback?
Terrazzo has several reasons to make it big again. For starters, Mid-Century and tropical design are taking the centerstage right now and this finish is a perfect fit with these styles. Also, it is certainly a worthy investment for its durability and unique look. For some, terrazzo brings them back to their childhoods and the house they grew up in. And if you ask us, nothing is homier than the home you grew up in. Young Millennials and baby boomers are starting to see the value of a well-designed space, not only in terms of function but also through aesthetics. Beyond its durability or Instagramability, terrazzo is making a comeback because it’s nostalgic, it’s a design element that is reminiscent of good ‘ol times. People, not all but some, have an emotional connection to this design element. It’s something from the past they want to bring to now for a meaningful and happier interior.
Would you try this trend in your home or condo?