Con­crete is the stand-out look of the mo­ment.

James Tre­ble ex­plains how to work this stand-out look into your home.

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“WE CAME, WE CON­CRETED!” First used by the Ro­mans, con­crete is known for its dura­bil­ity, strength and suit­abil­ity as a build­ing prod­uct. More re­cently it has also en­tered the home as a sur­face in floor­ing and fur­nish­ings.

Con­crete’s adapt­abil­ity means it can be cast, pol­ished, ground and waxed, as well as be­ing repli­cated in con­crete-look and feel ma­te­ri­als. It has a wide range of grey tones, from a green­ish tinge (due to its “lime” com­po­nent) to more blue-grey tones, mak­ing it suit­able for many colour schemes and home de­signs. Here’s how you can in­tro­duce this pop­u­lar trend to your home with­out break­ing the bank.

FINE FUR­NI­TURE

The tac­tile na­ture of con­crete, its sleek grey tones and durable sur­face, which ages well, makes it a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion for any style of in­te­rior. A side ta­ble, cof­fee ta­ble or set of bar stools is an easy and cost-ef­fec­tive way to add the look to your ex­ist­ing decor. Com­bined with the warmth of tim­ber, con­crete pieces work with many in­te­rior styles.

LIGHTEN UP

Com­bin­ing a heavy struc­tural prod­uct into a light fit­ting that hangs from the ceil­ing makes an item of in­ter­est and a con­ver­sa­tion piece. Ex­posed fea­ture light bulbs, such as Edi­son globes, in con­crete fit­tings give a high-end min­i­mal­ist feel, which looks great above kitchen is­land bench­tops and as hang­ing pen­dant light­ing in bed­rooms.

TILE TRICKERY

Min­i­mal­ist pol­ished con­crete floors are ap­peal­ing, how­ever, they can be costly and im­prac­ti­cal for many ren­o­va­tions. But there’s plenty of low-main­te­nance con­crete-look tiles, which ap­pear re­al­is­tic and come in var­ied tones and tex­tures for in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal use.

FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

The sim­plest way to add this trend is with ac­ces­sories – from vases, ves­sels and can­is­ters to book ends, fig­urines and sculp­tures. It’s a sleek and mod­ern look that’s sure to last the test of time.

A good mix The ba­sic el­e­ments of tim­ber and con­crete work well to­gether. ON THE WALL “Rep­lik” J866-09 wall­pa­per (52cm x 10.05m), $129.90 for a roll, from Vi­sion Wall­cov­er­ings. TIMELY TEX­TURE Con­crete clock in Char­coal (30cm), $129, from Coun­try Road. SUS­PEND IT Sculpt one-light drop pen­dant in Ash/Con­crete, $169, from Bea­con Light­ing. PAINTED BY HAND Monty pot in Char­coal (medium), $24.95, from Do­mus Botan­ica. SO STURDY Rokko con­sole ta­ble in Grey/ Oak, $649, from Dare Gallery.

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