If there's one thing that's a constant in the world of design, it's that everything old becomes new again at some point. Similar to the unexpected resurgence of retro conversation pits and '50s-style pink bathrooms, terrazzo flooring is one design element that we never expected to be flooding Pinterest boards in 2017, but it is indeed back-and more beautiful than ever.
The inexpensive flooring material made from shards of marble and granite set in concrete was incredibly popular in the '70s-in fact, you probably remember seeing it in schools, airports, and public buildings. Now, the once-groovy material is making its way back into our lives as a fresh option for countertops, furniture, backsplashes, shower surfaces, and more, according to Apartment Therapy.
The medley of materials originated in Europe in the 15th century as a way to use leftover pieces of marble to create cheap flooring. The design didn't take off until more modern electric grinding equipment was invented in 1924, which made it possible to give the surface a brilliant and smooth finish, according to the Cabella Stone Corporation.
The highly durable surface is now the perfect way to add some color and pizzazz to a bathroom, kitchen, patio, staircase, or floor. Many designers today use compositions that feature large and chunky pieces, which are more eye-catching and resemble modern artwork. It's certainly busy, but perfect for the bold homeowner.
If you love the look, but don't want to invest in countertops or flooring made from the material, you can infuse the trend more subtly into your home with printed wallpaper, lamps, side tables, or kitchenware.
(h/t Apartment Therapy)
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