When it comes to designing your new home you want something that is not only aesthetically pleasing but comfortable, affordable and long-lasting. It can be a lot to juggle trying to find the balance between practical and stylish. Concrete is quickly becoming the standard for modern and stylish homes and with good reason. It’ s budget friendly, easy, and can be used for most parts of your home. Can’t quite picture using concrete in your living space? Don’t worry! In this blog, we are going through ways to use concrete in your home.
It’s more versatile than you think!
When you think of concrete the first thing that usually comes to mind is the big old flat grey footpath. Well, concrete can be much, much more than that. For starters, with the right splash of paint concrete can turn from mundane grey to a specimen of modern design. You can also get concrete in a variety of colours, washes and patterns. So if you wanted a rustic mood to your home you can go with a brassy finish. If you’re aiming for something more modern, or to bring for light into your house, you can deck your house with white concrete. With the right process, it can also be textured, from grainy to smooth. People have also managed to make scented concrete! Concrete is a versatile medium to work with when it comes to designing your home, don’t be afraid to use it.
Concrete benchtops and islands
The right concrete bench can work as a statement in your bathroom or kitchen. They are also a lot more durable than other materials and are heat resistant. You can go for a more minimalist look with a classic grey, white or washed bench top. If you are looking for something a little more lively you can get stained concrete that can resemble landscapes. The right contractor, you can also get your bench top embedded with interesting materials. You could design a mosaic made from glass, stones, shells, tile or found objects.
Furniture made from concrete
While this may not seem extremely comfortable, you’d be surprised just how stunning concrete furniture can be. Because concrete is easy to mould it can be made into pretty much anything. A few concrete stools may go nicely with your concrete bench top. A concrete coffee table could centre your living room. This kind of furniture definitely has to be used strategically because they are so heavy and eye-catching.
The best thing about having concrete walls is that it’s great for trapping heat and keeping out the weather. If you live in a place with temperamental weather, getting concrete is great protection from harsh winds and hail. It also withstands fire and it practically soundproof, which is great if your new home is next to a busy road. Depending on what you want you can get concrete walls or just a concrete finish. The concrete finish is basically cast slabs or a special kind of concrete paint. It’s perfect for feature walls! A plainer concrete feature wall can both dramatic and minimalist — plus it will make art pop. If you’re a little bolder, you can make that feature wall a piece of art itself!
Concrete floors are not only sleek and stylish they are incredibly low maintenance and budget friendly. When it’s sealed it is basically stain proof and can sustain a beating. Depending on how the concrete is mixed you can make an interesting pattern and colours. You can also make your floor one-of-a-kind with acid stains and stamps. If you’re worried about the floors being too cold during winter, you can opt for heated floors. You can to decide to install heated floors before you lay out your concrete floors.
Backyards and gardens
Concrete footpaths can add structure and depth to your garden, but that’s not all concrete can do you’re your garden. Have you considered going grass free? A courtyard with well-placed garden beds can take out the stress of mowing your lawn and give your outdoor area a modern feel. If you’re more a lawn kind of a person, don’t forget about concrete furniture! Also, concrete planters can give your garden a contemporary edge. Even better, use concrete to fill your walls with flowers or herbs.
Are you ready to transform your home into a concrete piece of art? Prestige Concrete Services has a range of residential services, including exposed aggregate, coloured concrete, stencil concrete and slate concrete. Get in touch by calling 0411 440 157 for more information or a quote today.