Concrete furniture is the best way to inject the industrial accent of the season into your home decor. The industrial look in interior design has been around for a while now, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. While we aren’t all lucky enough to live in an old converted warehouse brimming with authentic industrial elements, there are easy ways to give our homes that distinctly urban feel.
Whether you are looking to create a subtle or bold look – concrete is a fabulous material to experiment with. We’ve put together our favourite pieces to help incorporate this latest urban chic feel to your interior style.
Concrete furniture is trendy right now, but it’s a material that is so worth the investment. With its robust nature and minimalist style, there’s no way concrete will fall out of our style hearts anytime soon. You may worry that concrete is too heavy or too cold for your home, but it’s all about moderation.
Concrete is one of our most loyal and stable materials, but it doesn’t scream ‘dining table’, right? Think again! This latest trend in furniture and interiors means it’s time for concrete to be let inside, out of the cold, and into our living rooms! We love this brutalist look, it’s quite drastic but beautifully industrial with the full concrete room and metal chairs.
Concrete tables aren’t just for the dining room. This striking look is less extreme but still a fabulous use of concrete furniture. Concrete works wonderfully in a grey, blue or white based colour scheme, like below. The simple block design of the table is understated and such a unique piece to have in your home to add in an industrial accent. The grey-toned sofa complements the concrete wonderfully, with the similar colours but different texture adding a minimalist level of depth to the décor.
For a subtle injection of concrete in your home, why not try concrete shelving? It works as a beautiful internal feature and you can keep it rustic and minimalist, or even dress it up. We like the minimalist approach of the shelves above. Keep with raw materials such as glass and wood and other muted tones to let the concrete shine through.
For an introduction of concrete into other rooms in the house, upcycle some breezeblocks to construct a side table for your books or alarm clock to brighten up your bedroom or a home office. The plus side with this is that it’s so cheap and easy to implement, so if you’re not sure on concrete – it’s the best to try out!
Copper and gold are well suited and work well with the overall look of the material, contrasting with the dull and dark to create a beautifully juxtaposed matte vs. shine.
Pairing concrete with a light wood like pine lifts the material and gives it a fresh look, like this stool below.
It’s a strong look to offset concrete furniture and features with other textures. This room is made to look warmer with the addition of a thick blanket that is a similar colour to the concrete.
Concrete Room Styling
If you want something brighter still, contrast bright colours with the concrete in this pop art style to really punctuate that concrete urban feel.
Textures are really key to decorating with concrete furniture. Soft touches, for example in the form of plush statement rugs, help soften the potential harshness of concrete elements.
Fabrics that mimic the soft grey of concrete, for example on sofas and lounge chairs, also add warmth and texture to concrete interiors. When it comes to concrete furniture, keeping a muted colour palette with varying materials will result in a décor that is contemporary and family-friendly without appearing cold and monotonous.
Rugs and cushions will stop concrete accents turning your home into a cold, utopian space. Use them to work alongside the concrete furniture, use bold and bright contrasting shades with soft materials to contrast and bring out the beautiful raw material.
Try something like our Celestial Rug in Burst to help that concrete pop with the bright contrast of colour. Find more here.
This use of raw concrete in the bathroom, used in a wet room style, creates a raw and unfinished rustic look that is so very simple and stripped back – but beautifully done. Or if you’re looking for a fresher look, team concrete walls and floors in a bathroom with a warm toned wood. It works to create an almost Nordic feel, characterising on the freshness of the materials. The space below uses light beautifully to capture the beauty of the concrete interior they’re using.
Concrete furniture or fittings can look fabulous in a bathroom for a unique feel. The brutalist designs of these sinks and baths create a statement piece in your bathroom without overwhelming anything with the concrete feel.
If it’s the case that you love the idea of a concrete interior, but aren’t looking to completely restyle a space at the minute, there are other, subtle ways to incorporate this concrete trend in your décor.
Concrete light fixtures are an easy way to hint at the concrete trend in your home, without needing a complete redecoration. Adding accents of concrete adds a modern and unique twist on everyday items to breathe new life into a room.
We love the brutalist design of this GANT concrete light, with the exposed wire creating an industrial feel against the contrasting gold that reflects the light from inside.
For an even less intrusive concrete furniture accent, use concrete standing lamps like this one. They’re easy to move around until you find a place it fits and they’re more versatile than a hanging lampshade for those who are still getting to grips with concrete furniture!
From exposed concrete walls to industrial lighting and concrete cabinets – this urban trend is here to stay. We suggest mixing concrete furniture with the feel of nature trend of 2016, adding in contrasting dark plants gives that extra level of drama to the concrete surroundings.
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