The concrete look is here and it’s ready to bring a subtle yet sophisticated edge to your interiors. We’ve broken down why concrete works so well and why it’s set to become a fixture in the design landscape.
We understand some people may need convincing, which is why we’ve shown you how concrete can ultimately benefit a room. Read it over and we’re sure you’ll be ready to give this once-commercial material a place of honour in your home.
- Concrete creates an industrial edge
Concrete and industrial design go hand in hand. If you want to go down this route, go big to really drive home the design. Concrete floors are a natural choice as they work well in open concept applications and are an affordable alternative. If concrete floors aren’t your thing, try concrete walls to make a style statement. However, you may want to stick to a singular accent wall. While one wall adds a bold punch of texture and visual interest, multiple walls run the risk of feeling too stark and overwhelming.
- Easy maintenance
Concrete is becoming more and more popular for interiors because it’s a particularly easy material to maintain. In fact, the bulk of the work takes place when you first purchase the item. Whatever application you choose for your concrete, it should be properly stained, sealed and polished. As a general rule, simply sweeping away the debris and washing it with a non-abrasive cleaner is the way to go.
- It adds texture
Everyone knows the feeling of running their hands over concrete, so including one of these items in your design fosters an instant connection. If you’re looking to highlight texture, the key is to create contrast. In particular, concrete does best when it’s juxtaposed with something natural, such as wood. You should also pay attention to the colours in your concrete and be sure to choose contrasting shades for the rest of the scheme.
- Instant focal point
Every room needs a focal point. Since concrete is such a heavy material to work with, when it’s used in design, it lends a ton of visual weight to a room. This means it will instantly draw the eye and ground the space and this is what makes concrete an excellent choice to become a focal point in your home. A concrete island instantly becomes a conversation piece in your kitchen and a coffee table easily grounds a seating area.