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If like me you are a lover of all things Art Deco, then you may have never fallen out of love with Terrazzo. You may have taken it for granted over the years, spending your days walking over it at bus and train stations on your commute to and from work, have dragged your wet umbrella across it whilst waiting for a lift in your office or council estate lobby, where it took pride of place on their floors throughout the 1960's, or perhaps you have fond memories of Terrazzo in its glory days, when it was awash with interior design acclaim after it was given a starring role in the creation of London's iconic Hoover building floor.
Or perhaps you've never heard of it but have seen some pretty pictures on Pinterest and are wondering what all the fuss is about? Let me explain a little further.
Terrazzo is a multicolour composite material made from chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass set in concrete and polished to give a smooth surface. Terrazzo can trace its origins back to the ancient mosaics of Egypt but has been a firm floor favourite since the 1920's when industrial manufacturing advances allowed the material to be cast in curves and bends. The architectural art deco design movement rejoiced in this advancement and went Terrazzo floor crazy. Terrazzo is still used today on what could be argued to be THE most famous floor of all, the Hollywood walk of fame.
Terrazzo has always been a feature in your life, trudging along in the background, never making a fuss but being reliable, supportive and highly durable. Terrazzo is a perfect longevity material and if sustainability is a concern of yours then this will give you 25 years plus of perfection if treated correctly.
The Terrazzo of past was slightly meh in its visual appeal, think browns, beiges and blacks so subtle in design that you barely acknowledge its existence. Now in 2018, Terrazzo is making a very welcomed comeback. The manufacturing process has been remastered with exciting on trend colourways, muted tones and high shine, giving you a multitude of vibrant, modern options in where you place Terrazzo within your home and how much of a statement you make with it. Go subtle with greys, dusky pinks and muted greens, or bold with cobalt blues mixed with gold and orange flecks or a white base with spots of pinks, purples and reds.
Whatever colourway you choose just remember Terrazzo isn't just for your floor. The versatility and hardwearing nature of this material means that it is great in bathrooms, (I like wetrooms made completely out of the stuff) kitchen countertops, or even spice up your stairs. The choices with what to do with Terrazzo on a large scale within your home are endless and so are they with homewares and accessories. Not to be confined to floor, countertops, walls and stairs, Terrazzo has broken out into the homeware and lighting realm and the interior world is really having fun with their newfound friend.
I've done some digging and present you with my top 5 homeware items that will have you laughing all the way to the top of the interior style stakes in 2019.
I think I'm going to be bold with my Terrazzo purchase and dive straight in for a major floor purchase. My hallway is large and feeds into the dining room then kitchen. after seeing what the new Terrazzo world has to offer, I think I'm going to go all out and have it laid throughout all of these spaces. Will my choice be reminiscent of the Hoover building floors with their style and charm, or am I going to end up looking like the Charing Cross station concourse...?
How are you feeling about Terrazzo? Willing to give it a go or still swerving its faux marble charms? Answers in the comments
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