The terrazzo revival: 15th century Venetian technique that mixes marble with cement is the go-to material for everything from floors to chopping boards

Take Habitat’s new Splatter cushions and throws bearing prints of flicked paint. Perhaps designers have caught the bug for let-it-all-hang out colour and line from the Royal Academy’s current exhibition on abstract expressionist art of the Forties and Fifties, exponents of which included Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

The terrazzo revival is another strand of the trend. The technique was invented in the 15th century by Venetian builders who couldn’t afford to use solid marble, so they mixed discarded marble chips with clay, then polished it up to create a decorative, hardwearing surface.

SPOT THE SPECKLES

In the 20th century, terrazzo was appreciated more for its durability and relegated to ordinary public spaces — from municipal buildings to American diners — while today the rubber flooring of London’s Tube trains has a speckled terrazzo effect that goes almost unnoticed.

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Magic carpets: modern ethnic rugs are a big autumn trend, bringing instant colour and warmth to a room

Highly patterned rugs have been spotted everywhere from the super-stylish Alex Hotel in Perth, Australia, to Kourtney Kardashian’s guest bedroom.

Souad Larusi, who has been dealing in authentic tribal rugs at Larusi in Kentish Town since 2000, says many of us want to inject colour into our minimal interiors.

Her customers, from artist Peter Doig to Ace Hotel and Ilse Crawford, have been pairing classic, neutral Beni Ourain rugs with colourful boucherouite rag rugs, and also learning to appreciate authentic Turkish Anatolian kilims.

“It’s a way of introducing colour that isn’t gaudy or super-bright,” says Larusi. “Customers are becoming more experimental, and interested in exactly where their rug is from.”

Wawa: by A Rum Fellow at Floor Story, this rug is influenced by Mayan weaving

Meanwhile, 2 Lovely Gays, aka designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, say ethnic-style rugs are a perfect foil for period features, including in their

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Interior design’s next six biggest trends from metallics to marble

There’s no place like home, and whether yours is a rented shoebox with damp stains and a mouse infestation, a 10 bedroom country house complete with tennis court and garden flamingos, or a penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool, it’s important to make your home somewhere you feel comfortable.

Not everyone has the budget to make their pied-à-terre look worthy of a six-page spread in a glossy magazine, but we can all add Instagram-worthy features to our homes.

How can you make sure your interiors are on trend though? God forbid you Instagram anything as basic as a light-box or a gold pineapple. Unless you love light-boxes and gold pineapples. In which case you do you.

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The ancient Greek key pattern is even older than it sounds

On a recent trip to London, I spent a morning wandering the antiquity galleries of the British Museum and was reminded – as I always am – that so many patterns and designs we use today are as old as time.

Perhaps there is no motif this is truer of than the Greek key, which is even older than its name suggests. Variations of the design are found on Egyptian tombs, ancient Chinese buildings and sculptures, and Mayan carvings. Still, we most closely associate the linear geometric pattern with the Greeks and their mosaic floors, red and black pots, and masterfully carved marble friezes.

Greek key, also referred to as meander, is in its most basic form a linear pattern. The design is made up of a long, continuous line that repeatedly folds back on itself, mimicking the ancient Maeander River of Asia Minor with its many twists and turns.

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