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!
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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.
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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.
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).
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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.
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!