Over the last year, we’ve noticed an industrial revolution in the world of interiors, with designers selecting concrete as their number one material of choice to get creative with.
Dating back as far as Roman times, Concrete has been the optimum choice for construction. Now it's showing just how timeless it can be as homes and businesses around the world increasingly use it in their decor/colour scheme. Designers are applying it to everyday objects ranging from flooring and tabletops to clocks and lighting, creating an updated, family-friendly look for this age-old material.
Such are the vast design possibilities of concrete and the various forms in which it can be shaped into, industrial-style glamour is one of the hottest design trends for 2016.
A look to be excited about, concrete appeals to our timeless love of grey, tapping into a wider trend for exposed raw materials whilst exuding sleek, minimalist design that’s durable and made to last. But how best to use it?
Tips on decorating with concrete
Textures are really key to decorating with concrete. Soft touches, for example in the form of plush statement rugs, help soften the potential harshness of concrete elements, whilst reflective materials from glossy tiles to shiny home accessories offset the rougher surfaces in the room.
Concrete ultimately works best when mixed and matched with other materials. Bare fixtures, cold steel, unfinished brickwork and wooden furniture complement concrete by completing the industrial look, whilst brass and gold metallics- materials also enjoying the design limelight at the moment, provide a welcome warm contrast to stoney dark finishes, creating an overall impression of decadence and sophistication.
Fabrics that mimic the soft grey of concrete, for example on sofas and lounge chairs, also add warmth and texture to concrete interiors. Keeping a muted colour palette but varying materials when decorating with concrete, will result in a décor that is contemporary and family-friendly without appearing cold and monotonous.
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