Terrazzo effect for the bathroom floor
One of the most suitable rooms in the house for Terrazzo-effect tiles is the bathroom, our private little haven away from the rest of world. The highly particular and artistic textures of these coverings are perfect for the well-trodden floor of the bathroom, a place where we all shut ourselves away to enjoy a few moments of peace and relaxation. It is also the place where we get ready for the start of a new day, where we look after and pamper our bodies, and we want to be able to do so in a room that reflects our inner souls.
Here are a few examples of how to recreate the refinement and elegance of centuries past in a modern bathroom. Have you ever thought of combining Venetian Terrazzo-effect porcelain stoneware tiles with a blue sink? And, perhaps, with a few details, like the taps, in a cream colour? To design a bathroom with this particular effect it is certainly a good idea to offset the dynamism of the tiles with full and flat colours for the furnishings and fixtures.
Another shade that goes well with grit is taupe or beige, with a few pastel details, excellent for both vintage and contemporary styles. Last but not least: remember the light! Ensure that your bathroom lighting showcases the Terrazzo-effect tiles: fill the space with very dark items of furniture which reflect the light and create amazing chiaroscuro effects throughout the room.
Modern kitchen with a retro touch
Now let’s move into another equally lived-in room of the house: the kitchen, another space that welcomes Terrazzo-effect tiles with open arms. Like in the bathroom, it is also nice to experiment with furnishings of different colours and finishes in the kitchen: if you choose a granulated porcelain stoneware for the floor, backsplash and worktop, it may be a good idea to opt for light wood furnishings, perhaps in birch, which give the room lots of light and depth.
Treading a floor covered with Terrazzo-effect tiles should be a pleasure and so the kitchen decor should ideally be understated, soft and welcoming. Dynamism, character and originality is already provided by the splendid effects of this material so it is advisable to choose flat colours for the chairs, furniture and table, very light solid colours like cream, beige, pearl grey or antique rose.
In this type of kitchen, the little details can also make a difference: matt gold taps are an excellent choice for adding an additional touch of elegance to the overall look. Whereas in the past classic Venetian Terrazzo tiles were synonymous with nobility and wealth, today we use them in equally important settings where our design choices create a much more modern and contemporary form of elegance.
A triumphant return
It was only a matter of time before this classic floor covering underwent major restyling and returned triumphantly to our spaces. But, having been used in noble homes, when did it become fashionable again? Initially it was a more popular and certainly more economic floor tile compared with the previous penchant for Liberty decorations. We traditionally associate Terrazzo-effect tiles with the kitchens or bathrooms of our grandparents, with whom the marble chips were particularly popular for their superb ability to conceal stains.
Having subsequently fallen out of fashion, also because of the randomness of their colours, they have now returned in style and it is remarkable just how versatile they are. Venetian Terrazzo-effect porcelain stoneware tiles are not just used to create brand new floors but, thanks to their incredible texture, are also the inspiration for items of furniture, accessories, decorations, work surfaces, desks, countertops and genuine wall coverings.
In short, that whimsical allure which brings to mind the slippers we used to wear so as not to ruin grandma’s floor has been transformed into a highly fashionable vintage-style solution which exudes contemporary elegance.
18 February 2021