Our countdown to Coverings continues, and to pass the time we’re looking at another top 2021 tile trend: assorted aggregates.
Terrazzo-look tile’s incredible versatility is partly to thank for its rising popularity over the past couple of years: Completely dependent on the size and color of its “speckles,” terrazzo-look tile can be natural or playfully modern, subtle or dramatic.
But don’t take our word for it — let’s take a look at some of your options when you choose terrazzo-look tile.
Tiny Speckles vs. Large Chunks
One of the most important decisions when choosing terrazzo-look tile is the size of its speckles.
Tiny speckles such as those pictured above can be mesmerizing. Smaller speckles can create a subtler look, but that’s not always the case: Numerous tiny speckles can still create a dazzling effect, especially when they include multiple colors.
On the other end of the spectrum, large “chunks” create a bold and modern look, whether they’re colorful or in more neutral hues.
Of course, you can always go for mid-sized chips for a more traditional terrazzo look!
[Related: Tile Trends We Love: Speckled Surfaces]
Natural vs. Playful
Choosing between a natural or a playful terrazzo look can be challenging — they’re both so stunning!
Natural aggregate designs more closely resemble terrazzo sidewalks and other styles found in nature, and are thus a beautiful choice for biophilic design. Natural terrazzo looks can still incorporate multiple colors, but you’ll want to stick with earth tones.
Terrazzo-look tile can also incorporate bright colors to give it a playful look, with options ranging from mixes of colorful and natural chips to impressive neon shades.
[Related: Biophilic Design and Ceramic Tile]
Squares vs. Fun Shapes
We tend to think of terrazzo-look tiles as being large squares (like the sidewalk designs they draw inspiration from), but it’s worth looking at some of the different options for terrazzo-look tile shapes.
If you opt for square terrazzo-look tile, you have multiple options. Small square tiles such as in the first image above create a more traditional tile look, whereas large-format gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs create a seamless, more organic style that emulates natural stone. Terrazzo-look tile is also available in tiny mosaic square tiles.
Another option is to choose a fun shape for your terrazzo-look tile, such as an arabesque or hexagon.
Even with a playful shape, you can still opt for a natural look (as in the arabesque tile above) or going all out with a colorful background tone and colorful speckles (as in the hexagon tile).
[Related: Tile Trends We Love: Think Outside the Box]
Discover the Versatility of Terrazzo-Look Tile
Now you know that options abound when it comes to choosing terrazzo-look tile, and hopefully you’ve found a design (or two) that strikes your fancy.
For even more assorted aggregate design inspiration, visit our Design Gallery and Pinterest, and check out our other blog on speckled surfaces.
If terrazzo-look tile ends up being the tile for you, we hope you’ll share your project with us on Instagram with a #WhyTileStyle shoutout!