Are You On Team Terrazzo?

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Using Terrazzo In Your Home

I’ve been noticing terrazzo pop up in my scroll a lot lately, and I’m thrilled with all the ways I’m seeing it incorporated into home design! You?

Years ago, I remember Sarah Sherman Samuel designing a custom terrazzo mantle in Mandy Moore’s home; I locked that memory away, ready to pull it out should we ever have the privilege to restore a mid-century home. That inspiration has stayed with me, and lucky for us, terrazzo is much easier to source than it has been in the past. The Tile Shop offers both authentic terrazzo tile as well as porcelain terrazzo-look, which we’ll be using in our Red House bathroom renovation!

What Is Terrazzo?

Terrazzo combines natural stone chips in a concrete base, often polished to a high gloss for a smooth, durable surface. Modern day terrazzo – meaning ‘terrace’ in Italian – originated in 15th-century Italy and was traditionally used outdoors. It gained popularity in the mid-1900s, which is why you might notice it more in mid-century home design. That said, you have likely been up close and personal with terrazzo flooring in commercial spaces as well, such as building lobbies, airports and restaurants. Whether you’re using it indoors or out, terrazzo offers a distinctive look that’s both fresh and timeless.

We’ve pulled together three imaginary mood boards that incorporate terrazzo tile as a base. Let’s have some fun with it!

Terrazzo In a Bathroom

While we’re going moody in the Red House bathroom, I wanted to see how The Tile Shop’s Pure White terrazzo tile would look on a bathroom floor. We had fun with light-toned wood, brass finishes and black mirrors for contrast. This would make the sweetest teen’s bathroom that could easily transition to any style by swapping out the shower curtain.

pure white terrazzo tile | spring time off-white brick tile | towel bar + ring | shower curtain | lights | mirrors | vanity | faucet | shower system | stool | bottle

Terrazzo In a Kitchenette

In this example, I pulled in the Bianco Micro colorway as a backsplash, which is a part of their terrazzo-look collection. I wanted this look to feel fun and light, but with earthy-colored sage cabinetry and lots of plants. It would be the prettiest twist in a small kitchenette.

bianco micro terrazzo tile | black marble countertop | white dove wall color | pendant light | sconces | range + hood | shelf | dishes | faux plant | cabinet | sink | faucet | stool

Terrazzo In an Entryway

This look might be my favorite, as we combined both of The Tile Shop’s Payande and Pure White terrazzo tiles for a checkered entryway. Payande brings in hues of blue, grey and beige, swaying it slightly cool. I love how it looks when paired with the creamier neutral of Pure White.

payande terrazzo tile | pure white terrazzo tile | wallpaper | light | mirror | table | vase | faux stems | bench | hooks | pillow | boucle pillow

Would You Use Terrazzo?

Or have you already brought terrazzo into your home? Perhaps yours is original! We’d love to know what you think about terrazzo in home design by sharing below or tagging us on Instagram so we can take a peek at how you’ve used it. And if you enjoy these mock mood-boards, please let us know – and share the one you’d copy-and-paste into your home. (It’s the entryway for me!)

See our Red House bathroom mood board here, how we narrow down our tile choice in a design, 5 things to consider before you tile, and a fun tile video interview.

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  • lak6.7.23 - 6:42 AM

    Love it!  I am in my 60’s so I do remember seeing this, it always put in mind “fun” when I would encounter it, usually a floor in a building somewhere.  Would love to use it in my home, I love the kitchen tile in the mood board, but am drawn to the bathroom mood board overall!ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.7.23 - 9:42 AM

      It is fun! It has the ability to tread the line between fun, unexpected and polished (quite literally!).ReplyCancel

  • merav6.7.23 - 7:09 AM

    Living in Israel in an apartment building built in the 60s, our flat has terrazzo tiles throughout. I have always loved them (when I grew up in the 70s everyone had them) but many people have changed them for laminate or porcelain which were deemed more trendy. Funny to see them coming back into fashion. ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth6.7.23 - 7:19 AM

    I’ve always loved terrazzo!  Thanks for the fun inspiration!  I’m looking forward to seeing your bathroom in all its glory!ReplyCancel

  • Susan6.7.23 - 8:17 AM

    My partner and I both LOVE terrazzo. We just don’t have a place to put it, which makes us both sad. Our dream is a one level house with floor to ceiling windows, terrazzo floors and loads of plants. Someday…ReplyCancel

  • Amanda6.7.23 - 10:47 AM

    We have a 1962 mid century house in Florida with original terrazzo floors in the pretties sage green. Unfortunately years of previous owners covering the floors with carpet or faux wood have left some pretty damaged areas. We can’t wait until we’re able to have the floors professionally repaired. Only downside is it’s impossible to find any crumbs dropped due to the pattern!ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.7.23 - 12:13 PM

      Haha, a blessing a curse?! Sounds so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith6.7.23 - 11:54 AM

    Love it! I just remodeled a kitchen and bath and really seriously considered, but decided I wasn’t ready. ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.7.23 - 12:14 PM

      I feel you! It has the potential to be a pretty bold look.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren6.7.23 - 12:39 PM

    Strongly considering using it if/when we renovate the full bathroom of our 1954 house. We currently have some sort of faux wood plank bathroom floor. I’d love to do a terrazzo floor paired with a light wood vanity and colored shower tile! ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.7.23 - 1:17 PM

      That would be STUNNING! I love that, Lauren.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila6.7.23 - 1:48 PM

    I have a mid-century home and it was built with a terrazzo floor in the entry and main hallway.  It was removed by a subsequent owner but I’d love to bring the material back into the house and have been scoping out terrazzo countertops for the kitchen. Such a great period-appropriate material!ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.8.23 - 9:41 AM

      Wow, countertops would be lovely. Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly6.8.23 - 7:46 AM

    Definetly on Team Terrazzo! We bought a 1922 Colonial last year and it has art deco terrazzo floors in the bathrooms and library. I am obsessed. ReplyCancel


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