Concrete is often associated with a sense of industrial barrenness. It isn’t usually the first thing a person decides to use as a major part of a design scheme. Because it is mainly used in construction, it feels like a cold, impersonal material, and most people’s first impulse is to cover it up.
Yet, with the increasing trendiness of industrial style at large, these feelings are starting to change. Concrete is going from cold to cool, so to speak, and it’s certainly piqued our interest. As many clever designers and architects have demonstrated of late, concrete can actually take many forms. You can use it just about anywhere in the home, and it is a cheaper alternative to many other materials. It can even be cosy! Here are just a few ways you can make your home look amazing with concrete.
For anyone out there that isn’t entirely sure about the whole concrete thing, we advise starting small. Using concrete surfaces to accentuate your existing design scheme will help you get used to the look, especially when the compliments start rolling in.
To begin, try using concrete on the staircase. It’ll offer a unique change of texture that will add cohesion between rooms.
Who knew concrete could be cute and cosy? A testament to the diverse array of forms cement can take, this treated micro-cement has a milkier texture than conventionally poured concrete, which gives it a softer appearance. Adding some adorable little decorations like these ones to the look will only enhance this vibe.
Now that we’ve eased our way in, it’s time to get take the concrete design scheming to the next level. When illuminated correctly, concrete walls can exude a stunning amount of depth and intrigue.
Here, for instance, the concrete walls form a perfect backdrop for this family’s many different artworks and mementos. The wall doesn’t draw attention away from the things adorning it. Rather, the colour contrast enhances their appearance.
Concrete flooring is nothing new, but most wouldn’t consider it for the primary living spaces in their homes – it's usually reserved for garages or basements. Yet, why not bring the practical strengths of concrete into your daily life? Concrete is cheap, durable, and easy to clean. Plus, it looks gorgeous in the sunshine!
Alright, we may have sold you on the benefits of using concrete on your walls and floors. It’s time to get a bit more open minded. Concrete on the ceiling will certainly create a dramatic ambiance in your home, especially if it is distressed like this one is.
Plus, concrete on the ceiling allows you to experiment with other materials on the floors and walls whilst also adding in its own two cents to the aesthetic.
You may remember that we claimed concrete is versatile. Let us elaborate. When concrete is drying it is possible to treat it with different substances that can drastically alter its appearance.
Here, this concrete fireplace was coloured with a gold stain to create an ultra-glam mantel feature in this home for a minimal cost.
If you ask us, the versatility of concrete works best when you mix and match. Treating the concrete in patches is actually much easier than you might expect. In fact, you can DIY by following these six amazing steps to improve your old floors with coloured cement. Make a checker pattern like this one, or amp up the vibrancy by swapping out the grey for something more colourful.
Clearly, concrete is totally underrated. We hope we’ve opened your eyes to the many uses and applications of this marvellous substance.