June 2018: Inside Out

May 29 2018

It may horrify some readers to know that the 1970s has been hotly tipped to make a comeback this year.

Personally I am quite excited as there is really lots to love about the decade that style forgot. 

With dubious colour combinations that you know you shouldn’t really like but secretly do a bit, curvy graphic wallpapers, macrame plant pot holders, bamboo and rattan, there’s lots of scope for reimagining the style in new ways. 

My favourite decorative element has to be Terrazzo though. If you are not too sure what I am talking about just check out this delightful pup who has somehow managed to style himself and his bed perfectly on top of this yellow ochre example. Used on floors and sometimes walls, terrazzo is the artful arranging and setting of marble or stone chips into cement, followed by laborious grinding and polishing to create a quality finish. It pre-dates the 1970s by about half a century of course, but when the technique of using resin instead of cement was developed in the 70s, it became easier to produce and has been associated with the period ever since. 

Granite, glass, metals and quartz offcuts and chips can all be used, giving it reasonable environmental credentials with this possibility for waste recycling. It is not easy to achieve at home as a DIY project, and bespoke poured terrazzo does not come cheap, but there are tiles and slabs ‘in the style of‘ available. If you don't mind your soft furnishings resembling hard, cold floors, you can now even find terrazzo patterns printed on to cushions and duvet covers (I told you it was trendy)!