So far, 2018 has brought with it a whole new palette of trends that homeowners can’t wait to try inside their own abodes.
Anything from bold colours to bold patterns has been discussed, so now it is time to make space for a new player on the field: concrete!
If you are one of the homeowners who just frowned upon seeing that word, then this post is definitely for you.
Even though concrete might sound bland and boring, it can bring a rather interesting and sophisticated edge to your home design in a number of different ways:
#1 – Concrete has that typical industrial look
Duh – it goes without saying that concrete and industrial design go hand-in-hand.
It is easy to imagine it fitting right in between industrial warehouses turned into sunlit lofts or old machinery that has been turned into unique accent pieces.
It is a trend that is taking interior design by storm and if you are going to go this route, you should really go big to drive your design inspiration!
- Concrete floors are a natural choice. They work well in open-plan spaces and they give the rustic aesthetic that you are trying to create in your home.
- If concrete floors aren’t your thing, you might want to consider concrete walls. They are a great way to make a style statement, but you’ll probably want to stick to a singular accent wall.
- If multiple walls are concrete, then you might run the risk of making your home seem dim and overwhelming. Consider having one wall decorated with bright colours, interesting visual and bold textures just to break the concrete pattern a bit. This way, you will still be left with the industrial and rustic look, but there will be some colour added for a softer look.
#2 – Concrete is easy to maintain
Many people are choosing concrete as a way of interior design because it is so easy to maintain.
The biggest part of your work is done when you are choosing & purchasing the item. Whatever you are using the concrete for – be it a coffee table, countertop or fireplace – it should always be properly sealed, stained and polish for protection. It goes without saying that you should also ask the manufacturer of the product how to maintain it.
As a general rule, you can simply sweep away debris and wash it with a non-abrasive cleaner and it should last for quite a while.
#3 – Concrete adds texture
People don’t just look with their eyes when they enter a home anymore; they want a visual experience.
In other words, having concrete can add lots of character to your home.
Texture refers to the way an element looks like it feels and everyone knows what it feels like to run your hand along concrete. Including this in your home fosters that connection with the viewer.
If you want to highlight the texture of the concrete, the best way would be to contrast it against something natural like wood!
Pay attention to the colours in the concrete, so the shades of the rest of the room match it.
#4 – Concrete is an instant focal point
Every room in your home needs to be a focal point and concrete lends a ton of visual weight to any area. It will instantly attract the attention of many viewers.
You can go really bold and create a fireplace out of it, for example, or you can play with its subtle nature and opt for a concrete countertop in the kitchen. It is also multifunctional – a coffee table can easily become extra seating space.
Even though concrete is a bit different from other design trends, it is definitely one that stands out this year!