Trend Alert: Terrazzo Tile
Part of being an interior designer is staying abreast of new and upcoming trends, and being aware of how the industry is moving. This helps when discussing projects with clients and also gaining new and fresh ideas! One material that is taking the world by storm recently is Terrazzo Tile! Terrazzo itself isn’t entirely new, but the way we are now using it is.
Let’s take a closer look!
Why we love it!
We love terrazzo tile because each one is totally unique! Not to mention the great durability they hold too. If terrazzo tiles are looked after they can last up to 100 years which is why they have been widely used in commercial interiors and design for many years now. But when it comes to residential interiors, terrazzo tile is relatively new. With the movement towards boho-inspired spaces and warmer tones, terrazzo fits in perfectly with this!
Terrazzo is made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete. This is then polished until smooth, and is often used as flooring.
How to terrazzo.
Using terrazzo tiles is just like using any other tile in the home! Terrazzo was once only produced as large solid pieces, usually on-site, however now it is more accessible in tile form.
What to watch for.
There are some considerations to take into account when thinking of using terrazzo tile in your home…
First, terrazzo tile must be installed on a well levelled surface, that is also clean and dry. It is always recommended to remove existing tiles, refinishing and flattening the surface, to then install new tiles.
Another thing to keep in mind is that terrazzo doesn’t hold heat well. You will notice this particularly in the colder months as it does feel cold.
From a safety point of view, it is important to understand that when wet, terrazzo tiles will be slippery. This doesn’t matter so much for wall tiles, but for flooring, this should be thought through if you have a young family or elderly relatives.
Ways to make this trend last in your home
Terrazzo tile can last a lifetime (up to 100 years!) in your home if kept clean and well-maintained. You should also make sure that the terrazzo you choose is right for your home and space. If in doubt – choose a timeless color!
Make sure to dust mop and clean stubborn stains quickly. Weekly cleaning is recommended for residential use, while terrazzo floors can be cleaned with a buffing machine for larger surfaces that need more attention.
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