With the growing popularity of high-end concrete finishes for surfaces like floors and countertops, concrete is becoming a top contender in home decor. Concrete has enjoyed the limelight mostly thanks to larger home projects, but there are endless creative uses for concrete. Because of its versatility, concrete can be used to bring out the beauty of any space, in any way. There’s no way that we could list all of the creative uses for concrete here, but we can give you some of our favorites.
While a large, beautifully finished slab of concrete is a nice addition to any space, little things can make a big impact, too. I once saw some lovely concrete lighting fixtures that were very unique. They we bell shaped, suspended a few feet from the ceiling, multicolored, and completely lovely. Concrete can be carved and stamped before it’s dried to create artful, one of a kind pieces.
Soap dishes, lamp bases, coasters, and vases are just a few places you’ll find unexpected style when using concrete for accents. Accessorizing with concrete can draw focus to a room where they’re the only concrete items present, or be used to tie a room together where concrete is being used for the floors, countertops, or both.
Breaking Up a Space
Concrete works well as a whole-surface material, but it can also be used in sections to break up a space. Dressing up your fireplace with concrete (by using finished concrete for the mantle or casing) will really draw attention to a focal point when the surrounding walls are simple finished drywall. This give an average room an upscale feel.
Concrete can be made to look natural, industrial, or contemporary, so it looks great framed by any other type of material, such as wood or tile. Placing concrete inlays in your floor or walls adds a unique flair to the space with interesting texture and shape.
A Truly Personal Touch
The versatility of concrete allows it to be customized in an infinite number of ways. One way to customize your decorative concrete is to have it embedded with items or materials that reflect your personal style and taste. Materials like jewelry, sea glass, or fossils can be used to create a truly original piece that functions both as artwork and as a functional part of your home. Embedding concrete that is being used for flooring, countertops, table tops, shower walls, or any other surface adds style to unexpected places.