This Old-School Flooring Trend Is Back in Style—and Here's What You Need to Know
It's a retro, Italian-inspired style, and it feels so fresh.
We’re always on the lookout for the next big trend in home design. Usually that involves looking forward, so we were surprised to see that what’s poised to be the most exciting home trend of 2018 is actually a major 1970s throwback. What is it, you ask? Terrazzo.
Surprised? Terrazzo is making a comeback in a big way. It’s sparking our interest, and a quick image search reveals it adorning everything from walls to flooring to furniture in gorgeous, contemporary homes. This reinvigoration of the retro style promises to bring a dose of liveliness to any (or every) room in the house. Even Pinterest has noticed. They’ve identified terrazzo as a top trend for 2018 because saves for the word are up 316 percent. In other words, you’re about to see it everywhere.
The terrazzo of the 1970s got its inspiration from ancient Italy, specifically Venice, where pieces of marble were scattered across clay flooring and embedded in pavement for a vibrant, layered look (at a fraction of the price of full-on marble). A similar technique predating the Italian practice can be found in the mosaics of ancient Egypt and in the floors of Western Asia's Neolithic structures. In the 70s, resin was used in much the same manner, speckling floors across the country in an easy-to-identify style with dynamic and often colorful patterns.
If you want to add a terrazzo treatment to your home this year, you’ll be using a similar composite, most likely one with epoxy resin or concrete mottled with slivers of marble, quartz, or another type of stone in various sizes, shapes, and colors. The effect is a perfectly imperfect—and therefore irresistible—addition to floors, countertops, or backsplashes. Not only that, it’s a striking (and, so we’ve heard, easy-to-maintain and easy-to-clean) counterpoint to a plain painted wall or a patch of neutral tiles. Terrazzo is an undeniably bold look, but its boldness is its versatility: It goes with everything.
To add a touch of terrazzo to your home without making a major investment or a permanent change to walls or floors, look into accessories (like these subtle terrazzo knobs or grayscale terrazzo tray) and furniture (like this duo-tone terrazzo coffee table).
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Are you excited about the reemergence of terrazzo in 2018’s forecasted home trends? Let us know if you’ve used it in your home or if you plan to in the months ahead!