Try Terrazzo Tile for Stunning Floor Designs

Are you familiar with terrazzo? It’s an exciting new tile look that can truly transform a floor or even a wall.

What is Terrazzo?

According to Wikipedia, terrazzo is,

“…a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder (for chemical binding), polymeric (for physical binding), or a combination of both. Metal strips divide sections, or changes in color or material in a pattern. Additional chips may be sprinkled atop the mix before it sets. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.”

You’ll find examples of terrazzo in airports and other public buildings, as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In Portland, Oregon, you’ll find it in the East Multnomah County Courthouse as well as in The Original Dinerant at the Courtyard Marriott downtown which Classique Floors + Tile installed a few years ago (as well as Marmoleum on the walls and ceilings of two bathrooms, quarry tile behind the bar, etched slab travertine stair treads and inset entry floor grates).

Here’s a look at that terrazzo floor during the renovation.

The Original Dinerant at the Courtyard Marriott downtown terrazzo floor

Terrazzo has a rich and long history.

New Terrazzo Interpretations in Tile from Coverings 2018

And, now, terrazzo is being interpreted in porcelain tile using inkjet printing technology, making the terrazzo-look available so you can easily create designs with them in your home. To give you an idea of some of the possibilities, here are several examples discovered at Coverings, the largest tile and stone show in North America.

High Gloss Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo often features a high gloss finish. The porcelain tile featured in the image below is similarly glossy. The grey grout lines suggest the metal strips used in traditional terrazzo. Notice how the flecks in all three color samples pull from the adjoining color, creating a subtle yet strong relationship.

High Gloss Terrazzo Tile

Matte Finished Terrazzo Tile

Why limit yourself to a high shine? A matte finish looks fabulous in terrazzo as you can see in this next image.  Notice the yellow flecks amidst the white chips. The look is fun, young yet also classic.

Matte Finished Terrazzo Tile

Tile With Large Terrazzo Aggregate Components

You’ll find that you can have great fun with the size of the terrazzo aggregate components. In this next image, there’s almost a sense of a terrazzo within another terrazzo – bold large components within a multitude of smaller ones.

By the way, did you notice that this is a wall tile display? That’s right. Why limit your use of terrazzo to the floor? Add it to walls, too.

Tile With Large Terrazzo Aggregate Components

Hexagon Terrazzo Tile

Then, why not combine the large size aggregates with a hexagon shape? With a twist, though, since the hexagon has been stretched out a bit. We found this particular example in the Tile of Spain booth combined with carpet inserts. Fun!

Hexagon Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo Tile That’s Available Right Here in Portland, Oregon

You don’t need to go far to find these terrazzo tile looks for your home. When you visit Classique Floors + Tile, you’ll find the following examples available.

Masso from Begonia Series

Masso from the Begonia series is an 18×18 porcelain tile in a matte finish that truly puts a fresh spin on terrazzo! The series includes two colors:

  • An oversized and boldly-colored aggregate look in a cement-colored background that is sure to add to add visual variety to any project! It is called cement grande.
  • A field tile called cement.

Here is a closeup of cement grande:

Masso from Begonia Series Available at Classique Floors + Tile

The image at the top of this article combines cement grande and cement in one installation pattern. Imagine creating a tile rug or a feature wall with this product.

>> See How to Design with Bold Tile Patterns: Tile Rugs and Feature Walls

Daltile Modernist Tile

If you’d prefer a more traditional interpretation of terrazzo, you’ll like Modernist from Daltile. It is available in three colorways as you can see in the image below.

Daltile Modernist Tile Available at Classique Floors + Tile

Ready to Try with Terrazzo Tile in your Home?

If you’ve not read 8 Reasons to Buy Tile from Classique Floors + Tile, we encourage you to do so. When you visit the Classique Floors + Tile showroom, you will discover an amazing selection of tile possibilities. In fact, we think you’ll be truly delighted at the range of products you’ll find – from wall tiles, floor tile, tile for backsplashes and for countertops – in porcelain, mosaics, natural stone as well as mixed glass, stone, metal and more.

You’ll discover tile in all sizes – 1/8″ x 1/8″ micro mosaics, to 24″x24″ tile and a variety of shapes, from square, rectangular and round, to harlequin, arabesque, and solid colors and patterns, too.

And if you’re looking to find the perfect terrazzo tile for the design pattern you’re dreaming to create in your home, you’ll find that, too. Visit our Portland, Oregon showroom and explore the many tile options we carry. Or schedule an in-home job site assessment. Your Classique project consultant will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation, answering all your questions.

You’ll be delighted. We promise.

Thanks for reading,


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