Terazzo, Te Amo!
I remember being a young girl, walking through old buildings with my parents, probably scrunching my face looking down at what I considered to be “icky looking” floors. Orangey tones with chunks of brown and white stone, this was the terrazzo we used to know and I must say, I was not a fan.
Developed in Italy in the 18th century, terrazzo flooring was a mortar base in which small marble, granite, quartz, glass or other variations of stone fragments were placed. This style reached the U.S. and gained popularity in the 1920’s, especially with Art Deco. Despite its different color variations and often lovely designs, this worldly material just wasn’t for me…
Until now! With its modern rebirth, terrazzo is now made of epoxy. This allows for an insane range of colors, simpler installation, and a material that is much sturdier and more resilient than its predecessor. Better yet, designers are using terrazzo with large, bold stone pieces that make a brilliant statement in any room. While I was teeter- tottering with my feelings on this new trend, I made it official when I was shopping for a project and gravitated towards a little terrazzo jewelry stand that came straight home with me.
And so the love affair begins! Check out the beautiful use of terrazzo in these amazing spaces:
If you’re like me, all of the fun, bright colors make this feel more like a summer fling. A little hesitant to go all in? You can opt for furniture pieces which you can always sell or swap out when you’re ready.
Even more noncommittal? Try out these fun options like bedding, art or coasters. Better yet, go for the inflatable pool! No matter your level of commitment, there’s a terrazo for you!