Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Incorporate Terrazzo Into Your Home

Ah, terrazzo! I've been having fun watching this material blow up in the design world. If you're new to this term, terrazzo is a material used most often in walls and flooring, created from small, irregular bits of marble, quartz or glass, and poured with a binding agent. The result is a texture that can vary quite a bit depending on the materials used, but can mimic a mosaic look or even a confetti depending on the size of the pieces.

Terrazzo counter, image via dzekdzekdzek.com

While the design may feel new and fresh for home interiors, the fact of the matter is this technique is incredibly old. According to a few sources, terrazzo was invented as early as the 16th century in Venice. Workers who were creating larger mosaics were left with some odds and ends, strangely shaped pieces of marble, which they decided to put together to build terraces. Later, they discovered the marble shined the best when coated with goat's milk. What an origin story!

Terrazzo floors, image via Pinterest
The technique wasn't brought to America for bit, though. In 1890, Italian workers were building the Vanderbilt home on Fifth Avenue in New York, and they used terrazzo. Then, like trends do, it took off. Throughout the 1920's-1940's, this was used in quite a few public buildings (think courthouses, state capitols, etc.) because the material is very durable. Most recently, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel decided to put terrazzo floors throughout Mandy Moore's home.

Due to the materials used and the durability of terrazzo, it can be a big commitment for homeowners — and nearly impossible for renters to get in on the trend! Here are a few budget-friendly terrazzo-inspired pieces I've found online if you want to incorporate a piece without making the commitment.

Terrazzo credenza, image via Domino

Terrazzo vanity tray, image via Neiman Marcus
Terrazzo drawer pulls, image via Anthropologie

Terrazzo desk, image via Domino

Here are a few more I've found that I'm liking, though I've seen everything from terrazzo shower curtains to bowls, and everything in between! I especially love the pour over dripper below — how cute would that look on a counter! What do you think about terrazzo? Would you put it in your home?


  1. I adore the terrazzo trend, I love how individual each piece is and how versatile it is! I hope one day to be able to have a kitchen worktop in terrazzo, but for now I think I might have to settle with the show curtain!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    1. Thanks for commenting! I agree — I'm a renter, so no terrazzo in my near future! But hopefully someday I can incorporate some in my home. :)