We’re only a few weeks into the new year, but already trends have been predicted and decided. We’ve already looked at the colors slated to be popular this year, but what about materials? Friend of the blog Elisabetta over at ITALIANBARK put out the word last year that terrazzo was exploding in popularity and would continue to do so, and she was right! Terrazzo’s popularity has been growing steadily over the past year or so, and it’s now set to be a top trend for 2018. So before everything becomes covered in terrazzo, let’s take a look at this classic material.
What is terrazzo? Terrazzo is actually an ancient material, with examples of it having been found dating back to 9,000 B.C. It is a composite material that is made up of broken pieces of marble and clay, then ground down to a smooth finish. “Terrazzo” is the Italian word for terrace, and the material got this name because Venetian construction workers came up with the composite as a low-cost way to surface the terraces around their homes. Terrazzo had a resurgence in popularity during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and ‘30s, which helped to elevate its status from low-cost material to a more sophisticated choice. Most people now likely remember the material from its popularity in the 1970s. Floors across the country were speckled with the colorful patterns, now rendered in resin. By the end of the ‘70s terrazzo had fallen out of favor, until its current boom.
Today’s terrazzo is made primarily with chips of marble, quartz, granite, or glass set into a mix of concrete or epoxy resin. Unlike the historic terrazzo that used small pieces, modern terrazzo features chips that can be large or small, and an aggregate that can be almost any color you’d like. That means that the terrazzo options today are brighter and bolder than ever. Another reason for the resurgence of terrazzo is the development of Marmoreal by British designer Max Lamb. this engineered marble is precast which means it can be used for countertops in addition to floors and walls. As terrazzo gained more applications, it also gained more popularity.
So how do you work terrazzo into your decor? There’s always the traditional use of it on the floor or walls. While ordinarily you’d need area rugs to bring color and pattern to the floor, terrazzo does that job for you. Considering its durability and wide range of color and pattern options terrazzo is also a great option for countertops. It’ll easily freshen up any kitchen or bathroom. If you want to bring terrazzo into your space without having to renovate your home, you’re in luck. It’s also now being used in a wide range of products from tables to even lighting. Terrazzo is becoming popular not only as a material, but also as a pattern. This means you can even get bedding, wallpaper, or cellphone cases that resemble the trendy composite.
It’s now easier than ever to bring terrazzo (or at least the look of it) into your home. With such a wide range of color and pattern options available this material has appeal to minimalists and maximalists alike. Not only durable and easy to maintain, terrazzo is also versatile – it can work in almost any decor. Those of you remembering the terrazzo of the ‘70s may be hesitant to embrace the returning trend, but being more sophisticated and less drab than its previous iteration, the terrazzo of 2018 has a lot to offer.