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Concrete interior styling: how to soften concrete interiors and go luxe

Have you struggled to style your concrete interior?

Worried about going too pretty and taking the edge off your fab modern home?

Or maybe you’re considering concrete indoors, but don’t want to end up with a home like a bunker?

This post will show you how to style a concrete interior to perfection. We’re calling it a concrete cocktail! If you like, the style is concrete plus …

Concrete plus …

Concrete needs something else to work against. That’s your concrete cocktail.

That makes it the ultimate combination for #RoomyHomeGoals as we’re all about sleek architectural interiors, with the hard edges blurred by pompoms and textiles!

Why choose a concrete interior?

Architects have long loved a concrete interior. As a finish, concrete is now an evergreen option, rather than a trend.

It doesn’t always scream luxe glamour, but concrete can look very high-end. If you work it right.

Of course it’s still a construction material, but increasingly concrete is also a decorative effect.

It’s easy to clean, hygienic, practical, robust, well priced for large quantities. It’s a great material for high traffic areas. And if you change your mind about a concrete floor for example, you can refloor over it easily. It’s great colour, now that grey is the ultimate neutral!

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Changing concrete trends

Here’s what the Houzz Design Trends report 2018 had to say about concrete –

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile.  (Mitchell Parker)

Concrete is not just useful for industrial interiors, it can also look warm and luxe. As a solo performer however, concrete is a bit too edgy and brutalist for many.

We aim to persuade you that it’s best as part of a duet. It needs a striking contrast, something to work against. This makes it look less hard and “unfinished”.

So we’re focusing here on concrete interior styling as rough luxe, with emphasis on the luxe. This opens it up as an interior finish for more people. It also gives you a chance to make your metallics or plush fabrics sing against it.

Any drawbacks to concrete interiors?

Concrete does need some maintenance, including being occasionally resealed.

Dare we risk stating the obvious? It’s hard underfoot and to touch! However, although it’s a cold material, it holds heat well when used with underfloor heating.

What to put in the concrete cocktail shaker

Think of concrete as the man-made element of your design. Then add some nature, whether it’s greenery or natural fabrics.

You’ve got to soften it or add some natural touches. So what knocks off a few of the hard edges?

 

Perfect pairings with concrete

  • Natural materials – wood, leather, nubuck.
  • Metallics – mix shiny things like brass and antique gold with rough concrete.
  • Texture and textiles – linen, rugs, velvet, sequins, pompoms and embellishments.
  • Dusty earthy colours
  • Dusky florals or dark botanics – super glam without being too pretty.
  • Luxe lighting – textured glass and modern or vintage chandeliers.
  • Glass and greenery (that makes a trio, but you get the idea!). If you can run your concrete flooring into the outside space, then use big chunks of greenery to link the two spaces, and as much glass as you can muster.
  • Round if off and go for furniture with softened edges.

 

Concrete – go big

Walls and floors

An expanse of concrete is perfect for your floors or walls.

In fact a polished concrete floor can be a really cost-effective alternative to marble, and you can make it look just as beautiful.

 

Add as much as you dare, but take care to soften the look with some wood or supersized glazing, preferably both. Like these modern spaces, designed by McCann Moore Architects, Ireland.

Roomy Home concrete interior floor extension dining area link to new extension McCann Moore Architects
Concrete floor softened with natural wood cladding and furniture. Design McCann Moore Architects, Ireland.

 

Roomy Home polished concrete floor Beni Ourain rug
Polished concrete floor softened and warmed with Beni Ourain rug.

Wall panels

We love these walls, complete with jewel colours and some shiny finishes.

Roomy Home luxe concrete interior Shoot Factory Alice London House
Jewelled luxe concrete interior in the Alice London House at ShootFactory.

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe The Longest Stay NLXL Piet Boon concrete effect wallpaper
Concrete effect wallpaper by Piet Boon at The Longest Stay.

 

Wallpaper effects

If you’re not sure about a big commitment to a permanent wall finish, what about a concrete-effect wallpaper?

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Clippings Mineheart Loveletter concrete wallpaper
Concrete Loveletter wallpaper by Mineheart at Clippings.

Or these concrete tiles are super-starry.

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Rockett St George handmade concrete tile black and white star design
Handmade concrete tiles by Rockett St George.

 

Concrete – go medium

Maybe you’re not ready for the commitment to concrete in vast parts of your interior.

However, you can add a rough luxe look with concrete furniture. Consider tables, cabinets, even chairs!

 

Concrete furniture

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Graham and Green Arden dining set
Concrete Arden dining set by Graham and Green.
Roomy Home concrete interior luxe La Redoute Tatum table
The Tatum table by La Redoute softens the style with its circular shape

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Swoon Editions Tahoe sideboard
Tahoe cabinet by Swoon Editions mixes concrete with warm wood

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Barker and Stonehouse Aero side table
Aero side table by Barker and Stonehouse – concrete and metallics

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Rockett St George concrete chesterfield sofa
Concrete chesterfield by Rockett St George – garden goals!

Kitchen surfaces

Kitchen surfaces are a perfect spot to bring in some rough luxe concrete styling. It doesn’t just have to be worktops, you can add concrete finishes to cupboard doors and splashbacks as well.

 

Roomy Home Nolte kitchen Stone Beton concrete interior McCann Moore Architects
Stone Beton kitchen by Nolte. Stone and oak is a perfect pairing. Contact McCann Moore Architects for more about Nolte Kitchens.

 

Concrete – smaller accents

We love this trend for concrete lighting and accessories.

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Clippings Gantlights concrete copper pendant light
Concrete and metallics pendant light by GANTlights at Clippings.

 

What about vases, planters or even shelves?

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Cox and Cox concrete vase
Dipped concrete vase by Cox and Cox.

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Cox and Cox concrete planters
Concrete planters by Cox and Cox.

 

Roomy Home concrete interior luxe Amara House Doctor concrete wall clock
Concrete wall clock by house doctor at Amara.

 

Inspired by our concrete interior styling?

You’ll find lots more concrete styling on our Pinterest board.

 

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