Why is concrete such an important design material?
Hardy, stern and slick – concrete is here to stay when it comes to the interior design world. It’s a mainstay when it comes to minimalist design. Yet, it has the capacity to be family-friendly and warm-toned. It makes a great option in almost any kind of scheme.
The flexibility of the material is certainly a selling point, for example, you can easily add in a rough-hewn texture or be surprisingly refined in nature of those alone it is an evergreen design component that’s always on-trend. The trend first came to light about midway through this last decade, with bloggers like The Design Sheppard picking up on the rising interest in concrete in interior design.
When the time comes to consider how to use concrete in the home, it is easy to fall back to the conclusion of walls and floors, before you do so though, be sure to take a look at what design trends are currently making use of concrete – apply trends as body or as sparingly as you would like – concrete is often used in the kitchen and even the bathroom – with concrete worktops and sinks being a popular design choice.
Bear in mind that concrete is an edgy material that never gets old or out of fashion, often referred to as ‘timeless’ – you can always guarantee some style kudos however you use it.
Concrete is an absolute dream for bathroom and kitchen interiors. Concrete worktops and sinks are a great alternative to the tired, predictable options of Corian, wood or tile that seem to be found whichever way you look in a home.
You don’t have to be a minimalist in order to consider replacing these with concrete worktops. It’s true that it is a quick win for all those who are seeking the industrial look, this material can also add some softness with subtly warm concrete staining, or even a slick light bouncing sheen when they are highly polished. Here at Fluidstone Studio we specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of concrete worktops and so we embrace the design revolution put forward by the likes of Abigail Ahern
Easy to Maintain
Concrete is easy to maintain compared with alternatives; the bulk of the work is made when you have the piece installed. Your manufacturer will work to stain, seal and polish your worktops or interior design piece, so you will be able to wipe it clean easily. Do bear in mind that concrete is a living material which is often designed to age and mature over time.
Do your own ‘spot test’
If you want to do a little spot test rather than commuting to a large renovation project such as a concrete floor or wall. You can always add in the likes of a concrete vase, bowl, planter or decorative sculpture – here are some great ideas from Love Chic Living about concrete planters you could experiment with.
Dilute the concrete effect
Finally, if you are still suffering from concrete-phobia – why not water the effect down by adding items like vintage blankets, fake furs and afghan rugs. It will add an organic and rustic vibe to mitigate the industrial feel.
Have it your way- concrete the ultimate customisable material.
Concrete is so flexible, that almost anything can be made from it, it just needs to be designed and cast, just take a look at this reception desk we made for boxing champion Anthony Joshua’s gym BXR LONDON. it was designed to fit in with the brutalist design of the interior. If you have an idea of something to make with concrete, just give us a call and we can make it happen!