Published on 4/20/2017
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Hot Concrete Trends
It's official, concrete is trending in Australian home interiors and backyards.
Concrete is often accused of being cold, but right now, in the design world, concrete is hot! From polished concrete floors, to concrete benchtops, walls and even the kitchen sink, concrete increasingly lends its own beauty and uniqueness.
In 2017, texture is big in terms of design trends. And concrete's versatility in terms of form and finish mean it is right up there as a medium of choice. And it's not surpisingly, given concrete is a highly durable, low maintenance and natural.
We all know about polished concrete, it's been around for many years now on the latest renovation shows and in home magazines. But have you considered honed, burnished or sand blasted concrete?
SAND BLASTED CONCRETE
Sand blasted concrete involves abrasive blasting, sand or grit blasting of concrete to expose the aggregates within a hardened concrete. Effectively it wears away the surface layer of the concrete, creating texture and leaving a raw and rustic looking concrete. Sand blasting is generally used for concretes outside of the home along paths etc to create a non-slip, durable surface. Blasting can vary from light to heavy, to create varying effects.
Sand Blasted Concrete Source Outwest Concrete
Burnished concrete has been used for years, generally in industrial and commercial contexts, such as in warehouses and carparks. Burnishing involves troweling the slab to the point where it appears smooth and glossy. It is now being used increasingly in the residential setting to create a seamless integration between interiors and exteriors. The application of surface colourants, dyes and staining creates beautiful bespoke finishes.
Burnished Concrete Source: Unique Concrete Solutions
HONED AND POLISHED CONCRETE
Both polished and honed concrete receive similar treatments. A honed concrete surface is achieved by grinding the concrete surface to expose aggregates. Polished concrete is a smoother finish achieved through extended honing with fine grinding tools to create beautiful shine and smoothness. Stains and dyes can be applied to enhance the appearance, along with a surface sealant to enhance the lustre.
Polished Concrete Source: concrete one
Whilst concrete is considered a good sustainable flooring option, it is increasingly being used as feature elements throughout homes. It is being used on walls, benchtops and in wet areas, but 2017 will see a huge influx of concrete accessories such as chairs, pot plants, light fittings and table tops.
Concrete Rocking Chair Source Lyon Beton
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