Terrazzo is the 'New Marble' and Designers are Going Crazy for It

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© Murals Wallpaper
Photo of Charlotte Luxford
Architecture & Design Editor2 April 2017

We’ve all been lusting after a touch of marble in our homes of late, but now it’s terrazzo we’ve got a crush on. While the material dates back centuries – originating in 15th-century Italy, when Venetian craftsmen used it as a cheaper alternative to real marble – it has been given a contemporary twist, lending homes a cool art deco vibe. Check out these real homes for some inspiration and shop the look with our key buys.

Terrazzo has always been a great choice for floors, especially in high-traffic areas such as kitchens. This particular style has a subtle pattern, which adds interest to this minimalist, white kitchen.

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Can’t afford the real thing or want a contemporary feel? This fun wallpaper design is a great alternative and creates real impact.

Pink and blue terrazzo wall mural, £25 per m² | Courtesy of Murals Wallpaper

Marble has been a hugely popular option for contemporary bathrooms of late, but now terrazzo is starting to take over and it’s easy to see why – not only is it low maintenance, but terrazzo can create a unique and distinctive look that’s often more interesting than marble. This bathroom in Paris by Dzek has been covered in Max Lamb’s Marmoreal slab.

‘Marmoreal’, engineered marble by Max Lamb | Courtesy of Dzek

Naturally, it’s great for kitchen worktops, too – in Chez Marie Sixtine, the compact pastel-coloured kitchen is complemented by a terrazzo counter and splashback that matches the tonal mix of pinks and blues in the rest of the space.

Chez Marie Sixtine | © Julie Ansiau

Get the look

Invest in a small piece of terrazzo for your own home with one of the these buys:

1. Terrazzo cushion in light grey by Bloomingville, £45, Amara | 2. Terrazzo serving platter, £12.50, Twentytwentyone | 3. The Props range by Besler & Sons, from $90, Moca | 4. Allueva honed terrazzo, £7.34 per tile, Terrazzo Tiles | 5. Unearthed small bowl by Sevak Margarin, £60, 12Thirteen Store | 6. Terra table in blue, £299.90, Normann Copenhagen | 7. Knot bean bag in terrazzo in rose, €120, Ferm Living | 8. Ettore table lamp, £40, Oliver Bonas

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