They say that concrete will be the biggest home design trend this year.
For sure, it will be one of the must-have materials in interiors and design: far from being just a construction material, now cement is widely used, both as a wall finish and for furniture and homeware. Let’s see together why it is so popular and how to incorporate the concrete interior trend in our homes and projects.
Why designers love Concrete?
It’s not difficult to understand why architects and designers often choose concrete for their projects. The reasons, indeed, are both functional and aesthetic.
From a functional point of view, concrete is the perfect material first because of its high durability and resistance. Hence, it is commonly used for outdoor areas also with high traffic, but also for kitchen finishes.
From an aesthetic point of view, cement is one of the architects’ favourite materials because of its high versatility.
Concrete grey can be matched almost with everything, so it is a great neutral background. In addition to this, with its texture, concrete can add more depth than a simple painted wall. Having a background with concrete walls means that you can be very creative with the other features in the room, like furniture and textiles.
Concrete can be matched with other neutral hues and materials, such as wood, for a very refined and contemporary look. But it works well also if paired with splashes of colour and brighter elements.
One material, many different interior styles
For this reason, concrete is a good option for many different interior styles. When thinking about concrete, out imagination suddenly goes to those industrial style lofts: exposed bricks, concrete flooring and exposed beams, furnishings in raw wood and leather.
But cement is a good choice also for several other interior styles, starting from minimalist spaces with a contemporary look, to Scandinavian spaces with a Wabi-Sabi twist.
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Concrete Interior Trend : concrete walls or concrete-effect walls?
Now the point is: what about if you want to incorporate concrete in a restyling or in an existing building?
You can opt for faux concrete, that’s to say for concrete wall paints or other finishes which reproduce the concrete texture on a surface. I’m not such a big fan of all those materials which create a “faux effect”, but I must admit there are really some good options if you are looking for a concrete effect finish.
With decorative paints you can reach a very realistic effect by repainting your home, maybe by choosing just a focal point or all the surfaces of a room. For example, with Concrete_Art you can also paint exterior walls and work on many different decorative effects such as the woodwork effect, the washout, the plaster effect and the polished one.
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