Concrete is the stand-out look of the moment.
James Treble explains how to work this stand-out look into your home.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.