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High and Low-Commitment Ways to Embrace Terrazzo

While dictionary definitions might describe terrazzo as primarily a floor or wall treatment, the recent resurgence of terrazzo has shown that it can be so much more. These days, it isn’t just about the actual material itself, but rather the look of terrazzo.

“Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder, polymeric, or a combination of both.” (Wikipedia)

While terrazzo can be viewed as an essentially a high-commitment trend, much like shiplap walls and polished concrete floors, there are many low-commitment ways to bring the look home. Here are some high-commitment and low-commitment ways to enjoy this retro revival:

High-Commitment Terrazzo

Sometimes, when you love a look you’ve got to go all-in. If terrazzo is something you really love, then purchasing a set of terrazzo coasters just isn’t going to satisfy you. Here are some high-commitment ways to decorate with terrazzo.

Terrazzo Countertops


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An understated terrazzo slab like in this beautiful neutral-coloured kitchen gives this space a classic look, while remaining on trend. If you have any misgivings about committing to terrazzo, you might want to select a terrazzo countertop with smaller chips. While this may present a less dramatic effect than other options, it may also be less regrettable if the style loses its appeal in a few years.

Terrazzo Backsplashes


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Some homeowners are opting for a terrazzo takeover in the kitchen and bathroom, by extending up from the countertop and adding it to the wall. This is a very bold look. Although some may consider it to be overwhelming.

Terrazzo Floors (of course)


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Once considered primarily utilitarian and most likely to be seen in the lobbies of commercial buildings, terrazzo is now being embraced by architects and homeowners alike. As a flooring material, terrazzo is very durable, and can even be used in outdoor applications.


Low-Commitment Terrazzo

If you like the terrazzo trend, but would rather not commit there are some fantastic, low commitment ways to get onboard. Here are three excellent ways to embrace the trend that don’t require you to call a contractor.


Terrazzo Wallpaper


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Get the look of a terrazzo wall without the commitment, by opting to swath an accent wall in a terrazzo print wallpaper. You’ll enjoy all of the fun and appeal of this look without having to take a crowbar to you walls when you no longer love it.


Terrazzo Accent Pieces


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Of course, the easiest way to add terrazzo to your home is by introducing a few accent pieces. These days, you can find everything from coasters to shower curtains, lamps, occasional tables and even tableware in this classic print. So, if you love embracing this home décor trend, but know that you won’t love it forever, this low-commitment option is definitely the way to go.


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