Move over chic le freak marble because 2019 is definitely the year of terrazzo in interiors. The revival started last year and is now without a doubt mainstream. Granite, or terrazzo was especially trendy in the 1920s and 1930s and reached its peak in the 80s. It took me a while to get used to as I related it to my kindergarten and primary school years when it was extensively used in school buildings. I therefore considered it too retro. But now that I have been bombarded with photos on instagram and pinterest at actually grew on me. A friend gave me a beautiful terrazzo platter for my birthday and I use it all the time now. It’s like you add confetti in your home 🙂
The material terrazzo does thank its origin to marble though. In 15th century Venice, marble was the material of choice for the upper class. The Venetian construction workers started mixing scraps of marble from their upscale jobs with clay to create inexpensive flooring for their own homes and patios. Nowadays, terrazzo is produced of durable materials such as marble, quartz, granite, recycled glass, porcelain, concrete, and metal aggregates mixed with cement. Its brilliant effect is brought by the last stage of manufacture: the polishing, which gives it immediately this natural and elegant aspect.
Terrazzo is everywhere and in all materials. From pillows, bed linnens, wallpaper and lamps to bathroom tiles, kitchen counters and decor accessories. I even saw phone cases and shower curtains! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas.