After a long history of use in large scale construction projects, concrete is becoming increasingly popular in chic interior designs adding an industrial edge and modern style to any space and is the material of choice for furniture, appliances and other items in the home.
Concrete is a versatile material that can create almost any look and with improvements in technology and concrete mixes, it is exciting to consider where concrete designs will head in the future.
1) Combining Concrete With Other Materials
In construction concrete is frequently combined with other materials such as bricks and steel to ensure the strength and stability of buildings. We can also expect to see concrete increasingly combined with other materials in and around the home and workplace.
The images above show how successful it can be to combine concrete with wood in furniture items. Combining materials such as wood, plastic and metal with enables concrete designers to create items in which each material complements the other. The juxtaposition of materials reinforces the other’s best qualities to create a single item that is eye catching, and beautiful, without any compromise on functionality.
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2) Using Concrete to Create Contrasts
Concrete is traditionally a building material and associated with industry and construction. When used as a material in the home its industrial aesthetic provides a contrast to clean lines, white walls and metal splashbacks in kitchens and bathrooms. The addition of a concrete work surface to an otherwise wooden kitchen, as shown below, creates a space that is contemporary and functional. Concrete contrasts in rooms around the home are likely to be a key feature in the future.
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3) Cubist design
As concrete is easy to mould and cast, it can be used to create items in all sorts of shapes. Cubes are a fashionable shape at right now as they present an aesthetic that is clean and simple. It is likely that cubist design will become even more popular, and as it does, concrete can be used to create items such as those shown above, to add interest and art to the home and garden.
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4) Concrete Wall Art and Decor
Concrete art is abstract, and usually has no basis in observed reality. It was brought to light as a type of art in the 1920’s but has recently started to gain new interest because of how clean, and simple the pieces are and how successfully they can add a contemporary edge to a home. Concrete decor is a more recent phenomenon and is possible due to how easily concrete can be moulded and cast.
Decorative pieces such as the concrete world map shown above can be created in any size and can be customised to suit the needs and wants of customers. Concrete wall art and decor is likely to become commonplace in almost every home and work space over the coming years.
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5) Functional Accessories
Concrete is already the cool choice for home accessories and such items are only going to become even more popular as designers get more creative with what accessories they make using concrete. Already on the market are candle holders, plates and even coffee makers, but other fabulous home accessories are likely to burst on to the scene over the next few years. Look out for concrete lamps, cutlery and planters- which will come together to transform the home.
6) Micro Planters
Concrete planters are another item that we can expect to see becoming more popular over the coming years. Micro concrete planters will also appear as an easy way to transform the inside of the home and as a way to bring some of the outside in. As concrete is an industrial material, by combining it with green foliage and other plants, it will be possible to create the perfect combination. The harsh, coolness of the concrete will be neutralised by the living contents of the plants. Thanks to the ease of casting concrete we can expect to see micro planters in all different shapes and sizes.
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Concrete has a long history as a construction material, however in recent years it has been recognised as being a sustainable and versatile material that can be used in the home or commercial space to bring a contemporary industrial edge and unique impression.
Designers are embracing concrete as an adaptable material that can be moulded and cast into almost any shape and have created sleek and contemporary furniture pieces. It is exciting to consider where concrete design will be in the next few years. It has been forecast that we will likely see even more concrete in the home. Other predictions suggest that there will be increased variations in concrete moulds, and concrete mixes that will enable designers to create concrete pieces that are even more unique and interesting.