The industrial look is a mainstay of contemporary architectural design, but with innovative new approaches to the style now popping up inside of some of the world's most exclusive properties, it seems concrete interiors are on the rise. From slick epoxy veneers to tough exposed walls, concrete has a surprising versatility and an ever-increasing range of applications within the home. Here are just a few ideas on how to incorporate this bold interior design trend into your own space.
Classic concrete floors can contribute to a cleaner look in kitchens, bathrooms and lounges. Whilst the natural hardness of the material means that rugs and other softening decor is essential, the contrasting textures produced as a result can look truly stunning. This Mallorcan property features a mixture of concrete flooring, plush leather furnishings, floral touches and fur throws, which together put a warm rural spin on an urban look. In bathrooms and kitchens, concrete is a simple, easy to clean material that makes for practical and stylish flooring.
When it comes to implementing concrete in your walls, the options are endless. In this Berlin penthouse, exposed concrete panels reflect the area's industrial history, while in the same city, an extravagant open-plan apartment uses floor to ceiling windows and deep grey concrete walls to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. For those who prefer not to have an abundance of matte surfaces, epoxy resin can add a luxuriant sheen to the material, as in this Belgian penthouse.
You don't need to completely replace your walls either in order to add a concrete touch. Tom Haga's Concrete Collection has transformed urban photography of raw and refined concrete into a stunning wallpaper range that offers a fresh perspective on the industrial.
There are plenty of smaller ways to incorporate industrial elements into luxury homes too. Glass Idromassagio's concrete soft bathtub uses a mellifluous, flowing design to bring a visual echo of water to a traditionally cubic material, while even chairs are being made out of 'papercrete', a lightweight version of concrete.
Concrete worktops can replace marble as an attractive addition within the kitchen, and tints and washes give you the option to coordinate the material with an existing colour scheme. In the Mallorcan country house, stark black concrete adds character and sophistication to an open plan kitchen.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to introduce industrial elements into your home is to opt for one of the sleek new concrete light fittings which are being produced by world-class designers internationally. One of the most notable examples is Benjamin Hubert's elegant hanging lights, which transform the bulk of concrete into streamlined accessories for exclusive homes.
Whether you plan to fully embrace the industrial look with an overhaul of walls and floors, or simply introduce a subtle urban addition to the lounge or kitchen, our experts understand the latest interior design trends and can help you find the perfect property to suit your taste. To find out more, go to the Engel & Völkers website or pop into a local shop today.
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