Sleek, durable, and surprisingly homey.
Concrete is an extremely durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance material. In most buildings, a concrete slab is part of the foundation of the structure, and the surface of this material can often be found lurking beneath other floor coverings.
Though concrete floors may be associated with cold, industrial spaces (or at their worst, creepy warehouse storage units), they’re making a major comeback and designers are using them in ways that give them a whole new reputation.
The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of biggest design trends, it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to maintain. Need we say more?
Here are a few examples of how to nail the slab-as-flooring trend.
VESATILITY OF CONCRETE
If you think concrete is boring, think again. Thanks to stains, stamps and colors, concrete flooring can be just about anything you want it to be. Gray concrete slabs are just the beginning.
CONCRETE FLOORS FOR AIRINESS
It might seem counter-intuitive to lean on such a heavy material to add lightness to a space. But concrete lends an ethereal feel. Its color and texture is low-key lunar, and its smooth surface helps any room feel open.
Most interior floors are formed from a fine concrete mix, though some incorporate crushed stone or gravel for a rougher surface.
There are a number of ways that concrete can be colored, but one of the most visually interesting is to stain it using an acid product. The effects can give each floor a unique, almost three-dimensional look.
POLISHED CONCRETE FOR MODERN FEEL
Concrete is a common element in many modern loft-style apartments. The surface is smooth, geometric, and linear, which serves to elicit an almost Zen-like sense of emptiness and openness.
EASY TO CLEAN FLOORING SOLUTION
You might want to consider concrete floors. The natural gray color of concrete is an ideal dust-masker, plus the smooth surface tricks the eye into thinking it’s clean.
YOUR CLEAN CANVAS
Design changes fast. What was in just a few years ago is suddenly passé. A concrete floor is a blank slate. It’s a permanent solution that makes changing your interior design a breeze.
FOR A MASCULINE FEEL
If you want to give a room male energy without painting it black and hanging up a bunch of pennants, look to concrete. Even with its soft color and clean lines, concrete floors give any space a sturdy, masculine feel.
THE FLOOR THAT ANCHOR THE ROOM
Concrete floors contribute to the open floor plan, loft-like layout the space. The walls are painted in a chalky-like to reflect the raw material and edgy look of the floors, setting the scene even further.
It’s not just for sidewalks; concrete is a stylish choice for indoor floors. Its surface can be finished in various ways, with colors, stains, and aggregates; and given a textured surface or buffed until glassy. Concrete floors are extremely durable and easy to clean, and they resist water when properly sealed. Concrete works well with radiant heating, and the surface absorbs heat to cut energy bills.