Concrete, let’s face it – is just great. It’s a more cost-effective choice than other materials like marble, and stone, whilst being super versatile and durable. All this makes it easy to understand its growing popularity for interiors and home design.
Concrete can work well with pretty much any interior styling you can think of. It would suit a farmhouse kitchen, a bohemian bedroom, an industrial living space, or a minimalist bathroom. This is due to it being neutral, helping to balance other textures and colours such as woods and metals.
Concrete has a visual weight as well as its actual weight. It commands a presence in the room, showing off its interesting texture and drawing the eye – the perfect materials for a feature. Whether it’s concrete worktops, basins, coffee tables or walls, it is sure to create a wow factor.
So, how can you begin to use concrete in your own home? There is a huge range of options. The possibilities of concrete are endless, but here are a few to get you going.
Small Accents of Concrete
If you aren’t ready for large concrete structures within your home, you can play about the idea of concrete using smaller decorative pieces. Concrete doesn’t need to be covering floors and walls to be enjoyed.
Small accents of concrete displayed via accessories like; coffee tables, plant pots, shelving, mantle pieces, sculptures, and stands can add the modern aesthetic and texture to your home more subtly.
Minimalist and Balanced Design
Minimalism is quite often referred to as serene and peaceful. It’s a movement that promotes the lack of clutter, so each element that is left stands out. Using this style of interior design showcases the concrete in the limelight – it shows how it can be more than just a material used for construction.
Using just concrete alone may be too harsh for a comfortable home, so using the accompaniment of wood can work brilliantly. The warm and inviting tones that wood brings, balances out the harsh energy from concrete.
Colours & Tones
Concrete doesn’t only lend itself to minimalist interiors, but actually pretty much every design style we can think of. Through the use of different colour pigments and shades of grey, concrete can complement any aesthetic.
If you consider yourself a ‘concrete purist’ and like to stick to grey – then this isn’t to say you can’t find variation for your home. Each shade accompanies a particular interior design scheme better than others.
Light grey concrete looks as though it exists for minimalism; it allows the key features to stand out loud and creates an open feeling in a room. A medium toned natural concrete matches up to an industrial theme brilliantly, complementing dark woods, rich browns and metal accents. Dark tones of concrete create impact, suiting rich colour palettes and making a room feel cosy.
Coloured concrete can then fill in any gaps. For example, this pink concrete basin is the perfect addition to an ultra-modern bathroom suite. If you have a colour scheme in mind, talk to us and we can provide you with custom-matched samples in many bright, vibrant and chalky colour tones.