We need to talk about Terrazzo

The Italian terrazzo trend is sweeping the world of interior design and it’s one that we absolutely love! ‘Terrazzo’ means terrace in Italian and was originally created a few centuries ago, featuring heavily in Palazzos, expensive townhouses owned by wealthy Italians. Traditionally it’s a mixture of discarded marble, granite, quartz and glass chips embedded in cement or resin, renowned for being a durable surface.

Fast forward to modern times and it is a style replicated by many a reputable tile factory. Technology within the print process of tiles is so advanced that the replications of terrazzo are so realistic that at times you’d struggle to tell the difference. The beauty of having a porcelain version is that there is very little maintenance and these won’t stain or wear, whereas real terrazzo could absorb the colour of a stain if the composition is made up of a porous material. Porous materials need ongoing sealing and treating to give the ongoing protection. Obviously, there’s the cost of the real thing too, resin terrazzo is more costly than cement-based terrazzo but resin is more durable. As we mentioned earlier, porous materials like cement could stain, not to mention the cost of installation and the depth of space required too. Porcelain versions of terrazzo tiles work out more cost effective to buy, are just as durable as resin and likely to be a cheaper installation too. In general, terrazzo effect tiles are 10mm thick which adds very little height to a floor, however real terrazzo requires planning into a project so that the floor can meet the existing levels of the rest of the adjacent floors. 

We need to talk about Terrazzo
Gransasso by Pamesa

What is it we love so much?

What’s not to love?! Terrazzo is FUN and there’s so many options out there now so you can go bold and dramatic with big flecks in like the ‘Medley’ collection by Emil Group, or keep it subtle and light with smaller flecks such as the ‘Hika’ collection by Cersanit. There’s also such a variety of colour schemes available too, whether it’s the background colour or the colour of the flecks and these span from understated, muted tones to big, bright colours. As with current trends, influenced heavily by the improved capabilities in the production process, terrazzo effect tiles are made in large format as well as regular sized tiles. We just love large format so this ticks another box for us. Factories are able to produce terrazzo effect in formats that traditional terrazzo isn’t available in either such as hexagons, chevrons and triangles, so you can use it in ways that weren’t originally possible. 

We need to talk about Terrazzo
Medley by Emil
We need to talk about Terrazzo
Medley by Emil
We need to talk about Terrazzo
Medley by Emil

How can you incorporate terrazzo effect into your home?

Traditionally natural terrazzo was not used in wet spaces such as showering areas due to it being porous and requiring regular upkeep and maintenance. Porcelain imitations have now made it possible for terrazzo to have a place in a bathroom with no worry. You could use alongside a neutral tile as a feature wall or even inversed with a more subtle terrazzo to get the bold, wow-factor surface. There’s the option of a terrazzo shower enclosure or a splashback behind a sink teamed with a large mirror. Terrazzo effect offers a variety of colour schemes for a bathroom due to the many colours featured in the flecks of the tile. You could tie it all together with towels and accessories to match your chosen fleck colour and this would look superb.

But then again, maybe you want terrazzo to feature in one of the main reception rooms within your home? Let’s take the kitchen, the heart of a home and a perfect place for terrazzo. Maybe you want to wow guests with a full, statement terrazzo floor but with a more subtle colour scheme as to remain in-keeping with your home? This can be created so easily by installing large format slabs of terrazzo effect porcelain tiles such as the ‘Gransasso’ or ‘Urbex’ by Pamesa. These collections are available in dimensions such as 60x120cm, 120x120cm and 90x180cm! Another option to bring terrazzo effect into your kitchen is as a splashback behind the sink and hob area in a colour scheme that is complimentary to your kitchen units and worktops.

However you wish to use terrazzo effect tiles, we’re sure that there will be a collection to suit your needs. Pop into one of our showrooms to look at our displays for more inspiration.

We need to talk about Terrazzo
Urbex by Pamesa


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The team at Rees Tiles were super. They were really helpful when choosing our tiles for 3 rooms in our refurb.

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Mrs Tillotson, Client

We recently undertook a self-build project and had both the bottom floor and all the bathrooms to tile. Steve was really helpful from the outset and just "got" what I was after straight away, picking out a selection of tiles that were all suitable. It meant that rather than taking ages to choose, I'd actually picked most of the options in my first visit - which is great when you have so many other decisions to make! Steve and the rest of the team were great throughout the whole process and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to others.

Melissa Woods, Self Build Customer

We are really happy with the service we get from Rees Tiles. Steve always responds to emails quickly, with a quick turnaround on quotes and great products supplied.

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I have had the pleasure of dealing with the team at Rees Tiles over a number of years and have always found them to be knowledgeable and helpful, an all round first class service.

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We find our relationship with Rees Tiles very professional and reliable. The fact that we can call to order stocked tiles and receive them to site the following morning is fantastic. It means that no job is held up and the turnaround for the end purchaser is smooth and quick.

Jonathan Willan, Site Manager at Halton Mills Ltd.

Looking for tiles for our bathroom, kitchen and extension floor was made easy by the fantastic displays and huge choice of tiles available at the Rees Tiles and Flooring showroom in Lancaster. Steven and Holly were very obliging, offering us their knowledgeable advice on finishes and grout colours, and also allowed us to take various samples home to try. Rees Tiles is the place to go for a wonderful selection of quality tiles with a helpful, friendly service.

Mrs Richardson-Hogg, Client

When we decided we wanted to update all the en-suites at The Sun Hotel we called into Rees Tiles and Flooring by chance and I am so thrilled we did. From start to finish the service was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for more. Using Rees Tiles and Flooring made what could have been a stressful time so much easier. I’d be happy to recommend them to anybody who requires tiles.

Helen Henderson, The Sun at Troutbeck Bridge

Patient and Helpful with a Beautiful outcome! We were searching for the perfect shades and textures for the floor and bathrooms in our new home, which we finally found thanks to the expert and friendly team at Rees Tiles and Flooring. From start to finish they were wonderful, delivering tiles and underfloor heating when we needed it so the fixer could keep to the planned timescales. Great service and amazing products.

Mrs Wanless, Client

Steve and the team at Rees Tiles have been great in helping us choose what would work with the kitchen. They were really excited when we said we wanted to use large tiles in the kitchen, and this made us feel even more certain we’d made the right decision.

Mr Bower, Client

The team at Rees Tiles assisted me in matching up colours and explaining which would work best in my home. They worked alongside the people working on my house really well and I didn’t have to be involved which made it really stress-free for me – something which is appreciated when moving to a new house! I’m so pleased with my bathroom and kitchen and am planning on getting some tiles for my hallway soon!

Mrs Carney, Client

We have over the last 3 years totally refurbished our 5-star Silver award B&B. Rees Tiles and Flooring have supplied all the tiles for our bathrooms and kitchen and we cannot praise them highly enough. The tiles are top class quality as is the service received from Steve and his staff. We would not buy tiles in the future from anywhere else and would recommend them to anyone.

Mel Smith, Capernwray House B&B

Everyday durability and long-term maintenance are important factors when choosing any product, especially for use in a commercial environment. We’ve used many grouts and sealants over the years but found nothing that goes the distance when it comes to deterioration or discolouration.

Carl Johannessen, Jigsaw PFM

I would certainly recommend Rees Tiles and Flooring Ltd to anyone. From the minute I walked in I was greeted with a smile and received fantastic service. The team helped me in selecting the tiles for my main bathroom, en-suite and kitchen. Rees Tiles are willing to go that extra step further to make sure the customer is completely satisfied – it’s just a shame I have nothing else I need to tile now!

Mr Keit, Client

My mum has used Rees Tiles for years and it was off her recommendation that we got in touch with Steve and Holly. They listened to what we wanted and understood the look we were trying to achieve. We borrowed samples and by having the tiles at the house we were able to decide what worked best in the space and lighting. I especially like the colours in the mosaic, and everyone always compliments on how eye-catching and effective they look. Thanks for all your help Rees Tiles!

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