7 Creative Ways to Use Concrete

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There is something about concrete that makes it so appealing to me and many other designers. Maybe its unrefined nature that inspires nothingness and minimalism, far from unnecessary and pretentious embellishments. There are numerous ways to use Concrete, but let me name a few:

 

Concrete Stairs by MO Architekten

Concrete Stairs by MO Architekten

1- Stair Threads.
I love how concrete gives a staircase a sculptural and architectural look. It’s an alternative to commonly used materials, while being reinforced with steel on the inside for support.

 

Kitchen remodel in West London by Feilden Fowles architects

Kitchen remodel in West London by Feilden Fowles architects

2- Kitchen Countertops.
If you’re opting for an industrial themed kitchen, concrete accents can really help you achieve that look. That would be through directly casting a concrete countertop, or relooking your existing countertop with concrete paint. Read about my styling tips for an industrial kitchen [here].

 

Concrete Bathroom by Agape Italy

Love this mock-up bathroom by Agape Italy

3- Bathroom Tiles Alternative.
This is great for achieving a bohemian look, if you are the type that likes nonchalant rustic looking interiors, instead of fancy bathroom tiles.

 

Plaza del Milenio in Spain by EXP Architects

Love this bench at the Plaza del Milenio in Spain by EXP Architects

4- Outdoor Furniture and Landscaping.
Wood, plastic and other materials do not age well under direct sunlight and weather changes. Concrete on the other hand is nearly maintenance free. Thanks to its malleable asset, it can be cast into any shape desired, and its heavy weight makes it almost incapable of being moved.

 

House in Sri Lanka by Japanese architect Tadao Ando

House in Sri Lanka by Japanese architect Tadao Ando

5- Facade and Wall Treatment.
The raw feel of concrete gives it so much poise and an overwhelming presence, which makes it one of the most favored materials by designers. For example, Japanese architect Tadao Ando is one of many notable architects who use concrete in their projects. Ando mainly uses modular concrete casts, on the inside and outside without any doubling, with the size of a tatami, a type of mat used in traditional Japanese interiors.

 

Concrete House by Belgian architect Marc Corbiau

Concrete House by Belgian architect Marc Corbiau

6- Accent Walls Finishes.
If you are a concrete lover like me and you are looking for a fast make over for your walls, the choices of faux concrete wallpapers are endless.

 

Monumental Villa Renovation in Bussum by Netherlands based Vocus Architects

Monumental Villa Renovation in Bussum by Netherlands based Vocus Architects

7- Waxed Concrete Floor.
This is definitely my favorite floor finish. The absence of tiling joints reduces the visual clutter to a minimum. On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about waxed concrete floors not looking tidy and upkeep. It’s true, this floor finish is far from conformist. Personally, cracks do not intimidate me. Imperfection to me recalls maturity and beauty.
Styling tip: From my own personal experience, I really recommend [Deco and Co] if you are based in Lebanon. Their products and finishes are great, and they also provide some really helpful and friendly consultations.

 

Concrete used in its raw form is a rebellious design statement by people who like to think outside the box. What’s yours?
Don’t forget to check out my [board] on Pinterest for more Concrete inspiration, and if you have any tips to share, I would love to hear about them in the comments section below.



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