With yet another pin of a dazzling speckled bathroom, terrazzo’s return to the design fold is complete. The takeover has officially reached full circle – and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to marble’s cheaper, more sustainable sister, the more the merrier!
Of course, terrazzo is not a new creation. With roots dating back to medieval Italy, the fine stone alternative became especially popular in the 20th century when mechanization drastically cut down its production costs. Since then, it’s been featured in an array of design aesthetics – from mid-century to Memphis. And though it’s true that terrazzo suffered a fall from grace in the nineties, it’s now back and even better than before. Mark my words, terrazzo is trending. Here are five rooms which showcase exactly why.
A chic statement bathroom by RP Miller takes the saying ‘go big or go home’ to heart. And the design world is all the better for it.
This particular form of terrazzo is marmoreal – an engineered marble featuring larger chunks of colorful Italian stone. It was created by British designer Max Lamb in collaboration with terrazzo experts Dzek, and has notably played a starring role in the fashion-forward Maison Kitsuné Paris flagship. Très chic indeed.
Here, I like how the white, black and gold accents subtly complement the terrazzo instead of trying to outshine it. That confetti-like visual is the star of the show, and she knows it.
Its quirky personality makes terrazzo the ideal match for an eclectic space. And this pretty in pink bathroom takes full advantage of the fact. The speckled details of this backsplash adds texture to the otherwise matte clay wall. It stands out without hogging the limelight.
Chic black metal accents complete the look, adding polish and refinement to the overall saccharine aesthetic. A touch of green in the form of some Insta-worthy foliage adds an organic finishing touch.
Okay, so this isn’t technically terrazzo – it’s a natural stone with a very similar effect. Nevertheless, I love how the gray-scale, terrazzo-esque speckle makes for a glossier take on industrial concrete. There’s a delicacy and a lightness here. Overall, the look reads like an elevated take on warehouse chic.
Green with Envy
Emerald green and gold go together like cheese and the finest wine. It’s my all-time favorite color combination when it comes to the Art Deco aesthetic. Despite the boldness of these hues, the marmoreal terrazzo more than holds its own thanks to the material’s natural texture, which offers an organic counterpoint to the high gloss.
The rest of the look favors simplicity. White, punctuated with wood accents and indoor plants, introduce an element of rusticity. There’s a lot going on in this space, yet the careful balance of drama and restraint makes for a cohesive final look.
Granted, this eclectic enclave is not your traditional office set up. The terrazzo here in fact works to add polish to the bohemian aesthetic. Meanwhile, royal blue velour accents pick up on the darker hues of the stone chippings beautifully, bringing a richness to the space.
A curated collection of vintage wood furnishings ties the final look together. Overall, I just love how unexpected this space is. It exudes a feeling of old-world nostalgia, taking terrazzo back to its design roots.
Prefer the chic sophistication of marble? Check out this elegant Taiwanese apartment which showcases a mixed marble and metal aesthetic.