Concrete – probably not one of the interior design trends that first comes to mind when you are contemplating updating your home, but you might be surprised at how you can incorporate it into a room. Your initial thought might be that it’s only suitable for a industrial setting such as a loft apartment in a city centre warehouse conversion. However, elements of the trend can work well in other modern properties and even period ones. The trick in these settings is to be selective and use it more as an accent. If you are concerned that concrete is too cold and clinical then the secret is to mix with other textures including wood, leather and wool to create a cosier feel.
Accessories are a very easy and cost effective way to refresh a room. A simple lamp base is a very subtle way of introducing an industrial touch to a scheme and the fabric shade prevents the look being too stark. Want something a bit edgier? Concrete also looks good as the base to a desk light in a home office paired with an Edison bulb. Add wire storage baskets and shelving constructed from scaffolding boards.
Have you ever thought of using concrete as a wallcovering? You might have come across concrete as a flooring, it’s quite often featured on shows such as Grand Designs but it is also possible to use concrete effect paint or faux concrete wallpaper. Perfect for adding an industrial vibe to a room. If you not in that urban loft apartment then combining it with natural materials such as a wool carpet or sisal flooring, wood and leather gives a more homely feel. In this image I also like the way that greenery has been included.
Whilst the idea of sitting on concrete furniture probably doesn’t sound very comfortable it does have the advantage of being hardwearing. You might consider it for outdoors with cushions. Indoors, a dining table with slim concrete top isn’t overpowering and wooden or metal legs soften the look if you don’t want the whole table of concrete. Or try a side table, I think this is a fantastic way to introduce the look.
I hope this blog has made you think about using this material when you otherwise would not have thought of it, and provided some inspiration for how you might incorporate it in your home. It doesn’t matter if you are in that city centre apartment and want the whole minimalist urban look or you just want to include the odd statement piece.
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