Over the last couple of years marble has taken over our interiors. Transitioning from a high-end kitchen finish to a must-have material, it is loved by interior designers and Instagrammers alike and is seen everywhere from phone cases to bed linen & desk accessories. Like all good things, marble’s popularity will come to an end. So what’s the next big material trend? We would like to introduce you to terrazzo…
The history of terrazzo dates back over five hundred years. Italian for ‘terrace’, it originates from Venice where it was invented in the 15th century by Venetian construction workers. At the time, marble was the material of choice and was widely used for the construction of Venice’s beautiful buildings. After jobs, these builders were left with oddly shaped marble remnants that were of no use, so they put them into clay and grinded to a flat surface, creating the durable yet inexpensive material.
Terrazzo is a highly versatile stone because of its endless composition possibilities. Historically it is made primarily of scraps of marble mixed with concrete, but modern day versions have introduced agate, quarts, and granite to make something truly eye-catching and fit for the contemporary home.
Most commonly used for flooring, terrazzo can be introduced anywhere in the home thanks to its unique graphic form that applies well to soft furnishings. Going beyond the kitchen floor, everyday accessories such as cushions and rugs are embracing the speckled print. It’s even made its way into our interior schemes as a fresh take on the patterned feature wall.
Monochrome terrazzo is proving popular, but it’s the soft pastel shades that have really caught our eye this season. Adding the right touch of colour without being overbearing, pastel-coloured accessories will uplift a scheme, bringing your home into 2018 with little to no effort. Look to cushions, lamps and small accessories to introduce the look into your own home.
For an alternative take on the trend, take inspiration from one of the key looks at Maison & Objet earlier this year, Terrazzo Elements. Terrazzo Elements takes the key components of terrazzo (agate, marble, quartz, granite and concrete) and combines them to reflect the material’s mismatched charm. Get the look by creating a vignette using contrasting materials; think quartz ornaments and marble coasters or granite worktops with a concrete vase.