You’ll never guess the 70’s flooring trend that’s back in style

Fanny packsflocked Christmas treesmom jeans: part of the joy in following trends is seeing which delightful old ones resurface. 

To that end, we’ve been noticing a certain much-maligned ’70s mainstay on the ups for the past few years. And now the official word is in from Pinterest’s 100 Report: Terrazzo is back, baby (up approximately 316 percent in search this year).

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A Little History

By some accounts, terrazzo (Italian for “terrace”) dates back 8,000 years, to the Venetians. As a cost-cutting measure, construction workers would take smashed marble chips and set them in clay—rather than outfitting an entire floor in the pricey marble. (An ancient money-saving DIY, if you will.) In more recent history, terrazzo saw a huge surge in popularity in the American 1970s, when thin-set terrazzo (resin rather than cement) was invented before quickly falling back out of style by the end of the decade. 

Why It Works

Today, terrazzo is typically comprised of an epoxy resin laid with chips of marble, quartz or granite. With modern setting methods, it can be used for a backsplash, a tub, a sink, a stairwell, countertops and, of course, the floor, its place of origin. It’s a smooth, long-lasting hard surface that’s super easy to clean, as well as a visually unique alternative to poured concrete and tile. 

Why We Love It

With its busy patterning and mix of color, terrazzo is an innately maximalist choice—which is why it makes such an amazing complement to modern, minimalist interiors. It’s riotous, it’s unabashedly nostalgic and it’s anything but boring. What’s more? It’s also practical. Cheers to seeing more of this medium in the months and years ahead. 

RELATED: 5 Home Renovation Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018 

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Bold, nuanced and more than a tad retro, turns out terrazzo also pairs downright gorgeously with today's modern lines. Here’s your primer, friends. 

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​MID CENTURY DAYBED 

Okay, so I don’t have a guest bedroom, and definitely won’t anytime soon, but when I do, I think this mid century daybed is definitely the way to go. To sum it up: 1. Cover your box spring with a cute cover or sheet. 2. Attach mid century legs. 3. You’re done. There are no more steps. 

GENIUS. 

This would also be a great solution for a studio apartment, just sayin’  

Image via Sugar & Cloth

GOLD PATTERN DESK ORGANIZERS 

Desks always seem to collect knick-knacks, so whether you just need a place to house all your loose items, or you need a mechanism to store your office supplies, these little gold catch-alls are the perfect solution

(Cough. I don’t actually have a desk yet, but when I DO, these are going to be high on my priority list!)  

Image via homeyohmy 

LEATHER & WOOD COAT RACK 

This DIY coat rack is something I’m pretty sure Dot & Bo would sell for like $400. Except the pieces of wood are basically broomsticks you can buy at the hardware store, with a bit of leather wrapping. I mean, really? Please be easier. DIY home decor at it’s finest, guys. I’m determined to find a place for this to go in my apartment. 

Image via A Pair and a Spare

EASY CRATE STORAGE

I’m not even sure this can be considered a DIY seeing as it doesn’t require any steps, but isn’t that the best kind anyway!? 

I love the idea of using wooden crates as shelves on a desk. You could also hang them on the wall! I’m secretly thinking of doing this in our bathroom, but I haven’t shared this with Neal yet. (Shhhh.) 

Image via A Pair and a Spare 

DIPPED FLATWARE 

This dipped flatware DIY is an amazing solution for that old second set of silverware you’ve got lying around. Wouldn’t it be cute for entertaining, or a BBQ? And so easy too–just dip, hang, and dry! 

Image via Lovely Indeed 

DIY NEON WORD LIGHT 

I can’t get over how easy this is, and why I had never thought of this previously! Who knew making your own neon word light would be such a snap. 

Although I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which word to use. I think “hello” is a safe bet though, don’t you think? Which word would you go with? 

Image via I Spy DIY 

DIY GOLD LEAF CLIPBOARDS 

And finally, the little beauties you saw above–gold leaf clipboards! I think this is such a fun way to hang art on your walls, and a great example of how something super simple can make a huge impact! (OR it would make a great little gift, don’t you think?) 

Image via Lovely Indeed

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