Concrete in the home (it’s not that hard)

Tap into the industrial look with a touch of concrete.

Exposed concrete has moved on from being just an architectural industrial material to a source of inspiration for interior finishes. The urban material is now entering homes via the floors, walls, furniture and home accessories, bringing interesting textures and finishes in unexpected places.

We’re not talking about living in a car park. The beauty of concrete is it mixes so well with other materials, such as wood, marble, copper and brass, which can all tone down its brutalist tendencies.

Get the look: This is the Bolt table by Amode. The Eames DSW chairs are by Vitra. The rattan hanging chair is from Scandinavian Design Centre. The polished-concrete floor is by Lazenby.

Hard-wearing and super slick, concrete gives a sophisticated yet industrial edge that’s hard to resist. It can add rough-hewn texture or be surprisingly refined, and is slowly becoming a cornerstone of minimalist design.

Get the look: The table is from The Old Cinema. The vintage Ercol chairs were found at Drew Pritchard. This is Pooky’s Timothy pendant. The Hugo Guinness prints on the wall are from John Derian.

Dip your toe in the trend with a concrete hanging shelf, a candle holder or plant pot. Feeling braver? Go for a statement dining table, coffee table or bar stool. Can’t get enough of the stuff? Knock yourself out with polished concrete floors (not literally)  – which look great in modern kitchens. Alternatively, go for concrete-effect wallpaper for a utilitarian look, or update your bathroom with concrete tiles.

Contrast the cold, hard and industrial surface by mixing it with soft furnishings and more tactile textures.

PLANT POT

Upgrade your plant pot to this Marble and Concrete Plant Pot, with a painted marble-effect rim giving a polished edge to the rough, unfinished concrete pot. Nothing like a bit of rough with the smooth.

Marble & Concrete Border Pot – Large, £21 from Amara

TABLE LAMP

The No.046 Lamp from John Lewis combines rough concrete with a soft Art Deco inspired glass bulb and a glamorous brass accent. With its contemporary contrast of concrete, glass and brass, this elegant table lamp is concrete for beginners.

Design Project by John Lewis No.046 Lamp, Opal Glass/Concrete, £65 from John Lewis

WALL CLOCK

Bring rustic style to your interior with this concrete wall clock by House Doctor for Amara. Made from cement and brass, it features brass coated iron hands and is finished soft, brushed concrete. Great for breathing just a hint of concrete into your home.

Concrete Wall Clock, £57, from Amara

SHELF

Add a dash of industrial chic to your interiors with this concrete shelf from Lyon Beton. Plain and simple, it’s great for displaying plants, pictures or books with just a subtle hint of the hard stuff.

Concrete shelf, £169 from Amara

STOOL

This versatile square stool is the ultra-modern weatherproof answer to garden furniture, seating unexpected visitors, fun and informal dining, or even to be used as a base for a planter.

Square concrete stool, £145 from Out There Interiors

PENDANT LIGHT

Add a chic industrial edge to your home with this Beton concrete ceiling lamp from Serax. Resembling a concrete block, it’s made from smooth concrete with an opaque glass base.

Beton Round Ceiling Lamp – Large, £176 from Amara

GARDEN TABLE

This round concrete pedestal table has an antique look but no unnecessary frills. Classically round and standing on a bulbous pedestal, it add a touch of modern sophistication to your garden – and is maintenance free!

Round Concrete Pedestal Table, £756 from Out There Interiors

SIDEBOARD

Made.com’s Boone sideboard has a simple and elegant design with a modern and confident finish. The epitome of contemporary design, this sideboard has clean modernist lines and a contrasting concrete top to add unexpected edge.

Boone sideboard, £599 from Made.com

COFFEE TABLE

A coffee table on the terrace? Why not?! This rectangular concrete coffee table combines clean, hard edges, with a soft (and wipe-down) texture. Pretty fab as a statement piece, indoors or out.

Rectangular Concrete Coffee Table, £397 from Out There Interiors

SLENDER DINING TABLE

Gather round Made.com’s roomy Boone dining table to entertain guests in style. The epitome of contemporary design, it’s sleek, clean lines and contrasting concrete top are perfect for an Industrial style interior. Style with wishbone chairs for a classic, timeless look.

Boone dining table, £599 from Made.com

CONCRETE CHAIR

Add an industrial chic touch to your kitchen island or breakfast bar with the Hauteville counter chair from Lyon Beton. Made from a specially formulated concrete mix, it’s silky smooth and is finished with minimalistic steel rebar legs.

Concrete Hauteville Counter Chair, £409 from Amara

STATEMENT DINING TABLE

W-O-W. This chunky ultra-modern rectangular concrete dining table looks like it came straight out of BBC2’s World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. Full of architectural grandeur, the large and imposing table promises to make a big impact in modern, minimal schemes. Concrete tables work beautifully when matched with glossy or rugged wooden benches. Then just add cushions or sheepskin for texture.

Rectangular Concrete Dining Table, £1,250 from Out There Interiors

CONCRETE EFFECT WALLPAPER

Fancy the look of concrete without the hassle of applying the real thing? Go for a concrete-look wallpaper instead. The NLXL Concrete Paste the Wall Wallpaper resembles blocks of concrete. It gives the room a quirky industrial feel, but is easy to hang and feels soft to the touch.

NLXL Concrete Paste the Wall Wallpaper, Grey, CON-01, £175 from John Lewis

CONCRETE EFFECT TILES

The new porcelain tiles by Indigenous feature cement and concrete effects that look authentic, yet have numerous practical benefits, including a hard-wearing, non-porous surface that won’t stain and is very easy maintenance – ideal if you want an easy-to-install, wipeable surface with the same raw look.

Concrete Effect Porcelain Tiles, £52 per m2 from Indigenous

These tiles would look stunning in modern bathrooms, and provide a cool contrast to Crittall-style shower screens and brass bathroom taps, or complement the industrial-style Boffi Pipe Shower.

Concrete effect tiles provide the look in a convenient tile format – much easier to install than liquid concrete. The tonal variations closely replicate concrete flooring, but with all the benefits of porcelain – hard wearing, easy to maintain and stain resistant. Large tile sizes allow you to create an effect that is close to that of a polished concrete floor.

Concrete Effect Porcelain Tiles, £52 per m2 from Indigenous

POURED CONCRETE FLOOR

When it comes to kitchen interior design, a concrete kitchen floor is wonderfully hardy. Polished concrete floors never date and offer such a robust, easy to clean, stylish solution.

Popular finishes include polished concrete sealed with a protective coating, but a less well-known alternative is a concrete stain.

Get the look: This is deVol cabinetry. The Perrin & Rowe brassware is also from deVol. The larch work surface is by Brandler London and the Quartz worktop by Simply Stone. The pendant lights are from The French House. The wall light (with Edison bulb) was sourced on Amazon.

With concrete stains you can add in colour or finishes that resemble marble or even wood. Lazenby are a popular option for poured concrete floors, as well as other surfaces and worktops.

Get the look: The neon quote is from Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was made by The Neon Sign Store. The concrete floor is by Lazenby.

KITCHEN WORKTOPS

Concrete has finally made its way into modern kitchens, with companies such as Lazenby and Espresso Design creating ultra contemporary, stylish and hard-wearing worktops that instantly transport kitchen design into the 21st century.

Get the look: Kitchen design is by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. The artwork, Petrol Pumps, Toulouse by Barry Cawston, is from the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. The metal bowl is by Tom Dixon.

Get the look: The kitchen is by Goldman & Rankin. Metal Sheets can supply a burnished-copper splashback. The mixer tap is by Vigo. This is the Diner 125 pendant by Davey Lighting at Original BTC. The Industrial leather bar stools are from Rockett St George. This is the Dot vase by House Doctor at Lef Living.

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