Weekend Finds: 1970’s Terrazzo Flooring

With all this mid-century craze going on this one could not be left out. Terrazzo flooring. I remember it while growing up. Everyone’s house in my home town had terrazzo flooring. Balconies, stairs, hallways, bathrooms… that weird looking thing was almost everywhere.

At some point people got tired of it, like we tend to do with all things, and started either removing it or covering it up with other types of flooring. Most of them, when it came to balconies and stairways kept it there, because it was already too heavy. Adding another layer of flooring might cause damage and removing the terrazzo is not an easy job to do. But it’s gone from the bathrooms.

1970s Terrazzo Flooring

My parents house has huge balconies. A 20m² veranda and about 10m² of balcony going around the 2 sides of the house. These one are covered in, what used to be, pink terrazzo. The outside stairs are covered with yellow terrazzo. Dont’s ask why they used 2 colors, no one knows the answer! And the hallway, around 1.5x5m also had pink terrazzo flooring. All these were made in mid 70’s, 1974 to be exact. The mixture was poured in place and they added the additional chips before it set.

The flooring at the stairs is yellow. It’s in good condition, not perfect, but this one was protected from the weather so it’s in better shape than the one on the balcony.

Stairs With Yellow Terrazzo Flooring Made in 1974

Vintage Terrazzo Floor

The flooring at the verand is in the worst condition of all, throughout all these years it’s exposed to weather conditions, all year round. 35 years of rain and harsh sun. It has lost its original pink color and shine. When my parents were younger they tried taking care of it a few times, but it’s not an easy thing to do. Some of the chips in it are gone, but only a few. I think from all the colors of terrazzo flooring there this one has the most beautiful chips in it. Some of them are black with rich green patterns.

Terrazzo Flooring After 35 Years of Exposure To Weather Conditions All Year Round

35 Year Old Outdoor Terrazzo Flooring

 

Black, Green And White Chips in Pink Terrazzo Floor

The flooring on the hallway is in the best condition of all, obviously! It is in the house and it is covered by thick carpets during fall and winter. It does not have so much traffic as the outside floors and people usually walk there with clean or no shoes. (My parents and all their friends and family are farmers so you get the picture of the work clothes and shoes of people usually visiting). Sadly there was poor light in the house and i did not have my tripod to show you the hallway, but here are a few decent photos of a small part of it. It is dark pink and has black and white chips in it. Around it there is white marble.

Terrazzo Flooring in the Hallway

Original Terrazzo Floor From the 70's

 

Does any one in your family or friends have still terrazzo flooring? When i told my parents terrazzo is back they were surprised and kept wondering “but why?”. Well fashion and trends always make circles and come back!

And it seems to be everywhere! Not just floors or walls! You MUST check out these Anthropologie nesting tables. The tabletop is beautiful!

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8 thoughts on “Weekend Finds: 1970’s Terrazzo Flooring

  1. My college apartment had this kind of floor but I didn’t like it! However the best thing about it is that it’s not obvious when it’s dirty (a huge plus when it’s your first home)!

    1. Yes, it’s practical from that point of view, but it requires a lot maintenance and it’s very very colorful! 🙂

  2. I love the way things go round and round in fashions, the old becomes new again. Those cushions you found with the terrazzo inspired look are really beautiful.

    1. My parents house is old, there are only a few examples of terrazzo in my home town left, just like you said. There are also several apartment building from the 80’s in the place we currently live with terrazzo balconies.

  3. Zografia I had no idea it was back in style. But I guess everything goes around. I love the floors with the tiny pebbles. We also have the same floors in our homes on the island and I remember my aunts all having these floors.

    1. The 70’s teenagers are now the designers who are bringing all this back, i think. Terrazzo was everywhere and it’s coming back!

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