The terrazzo has returned to our life in the world of decoration. And we say that he has come back because, like almost all fashions, he was once the last and stopped wearing. Surely you remember some house of the seventies with this material on the floor. Of course, the terrazzo of today has been reinvented and now it seems another.
Terrazzo derives from the word terrace and its origin dates back to the Venice of the mid-fifteenth century. The marble workers of that time took advantage of leftover pieces of construction and mixed them with clay and goat's milk. With this mass, they paved the exterior terraces of their houses, curious, right?
With time the compaction and polishing technique was improved. Due to its brightness and durability, it has become the traditional pavement of Italian palaces and houses.
Terrazzo is a composite material that is traditionally made on a cement base and small marble granules.
To give it a different finish different pigments are used and different materials are embedded, such as coloured crystals, bronze, pearls, aluminium, etc.
The new terrazzo
But as everything evolves, thanks to the technology new materials have been generated much more flexible and with high resistance to impact.
Therefore, it has become a very current proposal that architects and interior designers use in projects to which they want to give a retro look.
The manufacturers offer us all kinds of finishes and a wide range of colours that make them very attractive.
Today you can find terrazzo dotted with very intense red, blue or green tones to give a very modern touch to a material that has multiple advantages:
- First, it is very resistant. It is not easy for the terrazzo to break down with a blow, which is why it is a good choice for kitchen countertops. In addition, original and unique terraces can be obtained thanks to the different dispositions of the stones.
- On the other hand, endures very well the intense use and cleaning with all kinds of products. Even if you use too aggressive products and end up eating the shine, you can polish and recover more easily than other materials. Either way, it requires very little maintenance.
- But, best of all, is that the terrazzo is very economical. For this reason, many people have just convinced themselves that they will save a lot of money on using other materials such as marble for their walls or for their worktops.
The most common is to see it in kitchens and bathrooms, but the trends have made it a possible star of any stay at home. He has not only moved from the floor to the wall, he has also come to wear our textiles. Thus, since last year, we can find his characteristic drawing in bedding, cushions, rugs and various decorative items or stationery. We will see it a lot and in different styles, but above all, in environments decorated by lovers of the latest trends.
A change for not much money
If you want to give a renewed air you can try to introduce the terrazzo on floors, countertops, coatings, etc. As you have seen, it is possible to incorporate it in almost any place of your choice. You'll see what I change for very little money.
How much does terrazzo floor cost?
Maybe you're asking this question right now. We have already commented that it is an economical alternative, but you probably want to know some specific number.
To finish we will show you some approximate figures. However, these prices may vary depending on the qualities of the material you choose. Currently, the terrazzo floor can cost between €10/m2 and €20/m2. The baseboards will have a cheaper price, while the steps for the stairs can see their price increased.
Keep in mind that these figures refer to the cost of the material. However, you must also take into account the workforce, which may be around €10/m2 or €15/m2