More and more interior designers, architects, and people decorating their own homes are choosing concrete. Concrete is becoming less of a trend, but more of an evergreen option.
But what makes this material so attractive and desirable for interiors? There are multiple reasons, including how it fits the industrial aesthetic, its durable and easy to maintain, and it can look very high-end.
“Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile.” – Mitchell Parker, Hauzz Design Trends report 2018.
Concrete is the perfect fit for spaces which want to create an industrial vibe. With only small sections of concrete, you can generate a warehouse style room. Worktops are a great way to incorporate concrete into kitchen, or like in the image, in can be used for table tops. Add a few pieces of reclaimed machinery, or hanging lights in areas with high ceilings and you will be on your way to a super stylish space.
Revealing pipes, beams, and brick walls are also becoming increasingly popular. If you don’t have this choice then you can choose fixtures that add a hint of this urban style instead.
Muted tones and other materials such as copper and worn steel will compliment the concrete brilliantly and add extra character to the room. Try using cool lighting elements and a simple colour scheme when creating an industrial look.
Concrete can not only apply itself to industrial design, but it can look warm and luxurious too. On its own, it may be too brutalist for some, but some love the edgy look it gives. Concrete can work best when it’s part of a ‘interior duet’, paired with a striking contrast. This can make the concrete look less intense and ‘unfinished’.
Here is a list of some perfect pairings to go with concrete interiors:
- Other natural materials such as wood, leather, and suede.
- Metallics – shiny components such as brass and antique golds.
- Combinations of textures and textiles including linen, velvet, rugs, wool.
- Earthy colours.
- Dusky florals and dark botanical pieces that add some femininity and glam without being too ‘pretty’.
- High quality light fixtures that incorporate textured glass or bold chandeliers.
- Greenery and glass, making a design trio but a perfect combination. They create a marriage of natural and manmade.
- Adding furniture with soft edges to ease the whole room.
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