5 Ways to do Concrete Interiors

Pagazzi Lighting - 5 Ways To Do Concrete Interiors

It's time to talk concrete interiors - the latest finish of favour among style-savvy interior gurus!

When it comes to interiors, one great rule to remember is that nothing is set in stone. No decisions are completely final and no botched paint job or questionable duvet choice can't be undone, so don't be afraid to take a risk here and there and experiment with your décor.

Just to be clear, we wouldn't recommend painting your staircase bright pink on a whim. What we're saying is that you could, just as long as you didn't mind painting it back if you didn't like it, and if you thought taking the risk might pay off in a big way! A measured approach is always best, especially if you want to avoid making costly mistakes.

With that said, however, the 'nothing set in stone' rule sort of goes out the window when we're talking about one of the coolest contemporary finishes which has been slowly creeping into residential interiors over the past year or so.

So what trend are we talking about? Concrete Interiors.

Concrete Interiors

The growing concrete movement is definitely a divisive one, with many interior enthusiasts celebrating it's rugged and industrial attitude, complete with natural imperfections which mean no two slabs are exactly the same. In fact, many interior designers suggest that introducing subtle notes of concrete throughout your home is a great way to embrace the industrial trend, in a softer and more contemporary way.

Concrete can be especially great if you love all things industrial but live in a new build home. Introducing elements of concrete can bring a sense of authenticity to your industrial look, despite the perfect new build finish. Add a statement tripod, some wrought iron lighting, and a few concrete accents and your new build is ready to hold its own against any industrial loft or factory conversion!

On the flip side, many find the use of concrete in everyday living spaces to be more than a little bit intimidating, too used to seeing it in its traditional carpark or office block habitat to like the idea of it for residential use.

It's easy to see where they're coming from, too. A home is meant to a place of comfort; a sanctuary of total relaxation to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. So, why on earth would you bring such a hard and rough material into your interior haven?

But if interior history (yes - there is such a thing) teaches us anything, it's that the slow burning trends which take a while for people to get excited about, tend to be the ones that stick around for the long haul.

So whether you're a total concrete convert, or you're still on the fence, we've put together a list of our top 5 favourite ideas for introducing the concrete trend to your home.

1. Mix Materials

One of our favourite thing about concrete is its surprising versatility, sitting stylishly alongside a range of different materials to create a contemporary cocktail of ideas! Whether you want to mix with traditional brass, futuristic chrome, or ever-stylish copper, concrete looks great with just about anything. In fact, loads of brands (Pagazzi included) now offer a range of mixed-material concrete products and accents for those of you eager to embrace the look, but not ready to make a real concrete commitment.

2. Table Lamps

Not that we're biased (honest!) but one of the best ways to bring the concrete look into your home is definitely with a few well-placed accent table lamps. Not only do they look great, but their functionality blends seamlessly with the traditional industrial look of concrete, giving the material a sense of authenticity and belonging in even the most contemporary of interiors. Here are some of our favourites to get you inspired:

Concrete Interiors - Pagazzi Jasper Concrete Table Lamp with Gold Concrete Interiors: Kors Table Lamp Concrete Copper Concrete Interiors - Luca Table Lamp Grey
Jasper Table Lamp in Gold  Kors Table Lamp in Copper Luca Table Lamp Concrete and Grey

3. Sinks and Islands

If you're feeling ready to take a bit more of a plunge into the world of concrete interiors, but still don't want the effect to be too industrial and sterile then opting for a concrete kitchen island or sink might be just the ticket! Uber contemporary, and super durable (just what you need in a kitchen) a concrete sink or countertop sends the right kind of stylish message, but keeping it confined to the kitchen can stop it from feeling too hostile.

Concrete Interiors - Islands and Sinks

4. Concrete Flooring

Definitely more of a commitment, but with all the magic of modern underfloor heating, concrete flooring is becoming the ultimate interior statement amongst industrial aficionados.

5. Feature Wall

Last in our concrete roundup - and one for those of you who just can't get enough of this unique residential material - large-scale concrete feature walls are growing in popularity. This interior detail is particularly prevalent amongst those taking cues from the mixing of straight edges and curvature seen in the art deco movement. A concrete feature wall matched with the perfect work of art and a sculptural pendant can truly transport your home to the echelon of style seen in interior magazines. The real question is, do you dare?

How do you feel about concrete? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, or get social with us on Instagram and Facebook.

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