It is not surprising terrazzo has made its way back into interior design. It’s fun, eye-catching and can be used as much or as little as you want. This vibrant material which looks like an explosion of crystalised colours has now been remastered to blend in with today's modern homes.
What is Terrazzo?
Terrazzo is not only a visually appealing material, but a versatile one too. It can be used in floors, walls, furniture, lighting and ceramics, you name it. This material also offers an unlimited amount of style choices as fragments can be made of anything from marble to quartz, glass and metal.
How Terrazzo is Made?
Previous artisans have created terrazzo from chippings bound in clay or concrete, but nowadays epoxy resin is the preferred medium and is widely used in kitchens to hotel lobbys around the world . It is quite an expensive option for many though, the advantages are that it has a smoother finish and is also highly resistant to scratches and cracking. Terrazzo is either poured in place by hand or precast into blocks, and can be cut to any size. As a porous material, once sealed it can be applied to any wall or floor, making it a very popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. If having something custom made is too extravgant though, you can always buy terrazzo as ready-made tiles which can be easily applied to any surface.
Versatile & Eco-Friendly
Terrazzo is so versatile, it can be poured into mould, so is now being used to create furniture and various homeware like vases, dinnerware or light fixtures. It is a very sustainable and extremely hard-wearing material, ideal for those who want to use long-lasting environmentally friendly materials. On a practical note , terrazzo retains warmth incredibly well, so a great choice for covering your underfloor heating.
A Unique Material For Today’s Homes
But let's face it, everything we have mentioned is not what makes terrazzo so fabulous - it’s a truly unique and beautiful interior texture. Whether you are a minimalist or maximalist, maybbe some of these examples will inspire you to introduce terrazzo into your own home decor. It’s cheeky and adds much character to any room.