Concretely Yours: A Material For Modern Homes
Concrete is a beautiful, dramatic material that has its place in many decor styles. Here are a few that you perhaps haven’t considered.
When you hear “concrete”, I doubt you imagine a beautiful, modern home. You probably see a parking lot or a government building: something cold, functional, with no personality.
But what if I told you that concrete can actually be quite attractive in your modern or industrial home? There are plenty of examples of concrete used well, and with modern stains and sealants, it can actually become the centre of your decor.
Curious? Me too. Let’s have a look.
Ordinary, unsealed concrete isn’t really the best thing to feel barefoot. It’s scratchy and cold. But using stains, sealants and radiant heating, you can transform a concrete floor into a comfortable, warm experience that heightens the beauty of your home as well.
Concrete walls–whether it’s a veneer to cover something else, or freshly-poured to suit your particular needs–have interesting architectural and design properties.
And with stamping and other texture techniques, like we saw above, you can make your concrete look like brick or wood, which widens your design choices when it comes to your walls.
Concrete walls always look dramatic when light and shadow play on it. Keeping your concrete walls bare is a great way to use this natural characteristic to your advantage.
Concrete is a strong, durable surface that’s perfect for heavily-used kitchens. You can put hot pans on it without worrying about marks or burns. When it comes to stains and scratches, remember that these appear in the sealant rather than in the concrete itself. Still, don’t cut directly on the countertop to avoid chipping away the sealant–use cutting boards. Remember to use a food-grade sealant so you can safely cook using your countertops!
Maintenance is really about keeping the sealant strong using soft, non-abrasive cleaners and waxing the counter regularly.
Concrete countertops actually work in several design styles, including rustic and traditional. It’s all about the things that surround it and the shade you choose to stain it in.
Concrete: a good design choice
Design-wise, concrete is more than a solid material: it can actually be quite beautiful, dramatic and practical. There are many ways to make it look not so concrete-y, like staining and stamping. And when it comes to countertops, the cost is about the same as granite or marble.
I’ve certainly changed my mind about what I think of concrete–it’s not just for parking lots and boring government buildings. What about you? Have you tried or do you plan on trying concrete in your next renovation? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!