In the early days of architecture and construction, concrete was mainly used for foundations, structural elements and flooring. It was often seen as a dull and lifeless material that was only made to create strength and not style. In the modern day, concrete has become a material of much appreciation and is used in modern houses all over the world to create interesting architectural and interior effects. Concrete is no longer the boring, cold substance it once was as it has taken on a new and vibrant life as a modern material.
In many modern homes concrete can be used in a variety of different ways, some use it for wall texture on external and internal walls and others use it for flooring. Some modern homes even have concrete pillars added to open plan rooms, and some interior designers have used it in the kitchen as a hard wearing work surface. There are so many possibilities when it comes to concrete as it is a versatile and easily moulded material.Read more
Despite its rather monotone grey appearance, concrete can look different depending on the type of finish that it has had added to it at the end of a construction or design. Polished concrete is often used on flooring in modern homes as it has a slight sheen to its surface giving it a rather contemporary look. This type of flooring works wonderfully well in minimalist homes that have slight industrial overtones. Some concrete is left in its natural state and is often called ‘raw’ concrete. This type of finish is often applied to walls of a house as it gives a room a slightly rustic and earthy appearance. Ceilings can also be made from concrete and these often have the raw look to them. Another type of finish which is used in interior design and architecture is the rough finish. This type of concrete has slightly larger fragments of sand and stone which give it a rougher and more textured surface. This is most commonly used on the external walls of a house, but can sometimes used indoors to create a rather interesting textured feature wall.
Concrete can also be made into tile form, which can be used in kitchens and bathrooms as well as shower rooms and walk in cellars. The concrete is sometimes mixed in different ways to add more texture and colour creating some interesting and uniquely patterned tiles. Concrete tiles often look amazing in a bathroom with chrome fixtures and fittings with either a black or white bathroom suite.
Concrete can really add some amazing definition and depth to your home and with so many different styles and finishes, you are sure to find one that will fit into your current décor. Why not have a look through some of the images in this section to see how concrete could transform your home! If there is something you like, why not share it to your Facebook or Twitter profile, so you can find the things you love easier and faster!