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09 July 2018

Industrial Concrete Interiors

Photos Courtesy of:

Colortek - Project: Grohe Showroom Dubai
Bleu Architects - Project: Jaune retail shops 
Samer Haddad - Architect and Lighting Designer. Project: 3 Elephants Coffee Shop
Rita Nader - Interior Architect - Project: Private Residence

The industrial look in interior design has been around for a while now and if you are not lucky enough to live in an old converted warehouse that is brimming with authentic industrial elements, there are ways to give your interiors a distinctly urban feel where concrete creates not just modern edge, but natural warmth.

But what are the rules of engagement when aiming for that industrial look? Read on, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to join those who have chosen to incorporate Colortek’s line of concrete finishes in their interiors in unexpected and unusual ways, in all kind of settings and on all type of support, as it would seem that there is nothing that can’t be made using these versatile materials.

Leverage the variety of textures.

When you’re looking to highlight texture, the key is to create contrast. In particular, concrete does best when it’s juxtaposed against something natural, such as wood, or when combined with brass and steel, two other Industrial era materials. You should also be sure to choose contrasting shades for the rest of the room and leverage Colortek’s diverse line of decorative products that can recreate the distinct look and feel of concrete in its different shapes and textures.

Industrial Concrete Interiors

Use it a focal point

Every room needs a focal point. Since concrete finishes is a visually heavy material, it lends a ton of visual weight to the room. This means it will instantly draw the eye and ground the space. All told, these factors make concrete an excellent choice to become a focal point in your interior design. 

If you’re going to go this route, we suggest going big to really drive home your design inspiration. Concrete floors are a natural choice. They work particularly well in open concept applications but If concrete floors aren’t your thing, concrete walls are also a great way to make a statement.

However, multiple walls run the risk of feeling too overwhelming, hence the importance of combining concrete finishes with the right colors and accessories to ensure the overall design transmits a warm, comfortable feeling.

Accessories, Accessories, Accessories…

Concrete works well in a minimalist led interior scheme, but it can be accessorized with lots of decorative touches from metallic vases, to embellished cushions. Take inspiration from concrete material and look to natural-led patterns, from marble to stonewashed fabrics and soft furnishings with more tactile textures.

Layering these materials will help to bring the concrete finish together in any space. 

Many designers fall back on blue or yellow shades to soothe and offset the concrete tones, as blue and yellow work well with different grey shades and layered textures. Another of the very best ways to accessorize concrete finishes is to bring plenty of greenery into the space, as the vibrancy of the color green is the perfect partner to concrete finishes connotations.

Industrial Concrete Interiors
Industrial Concrete Interiors

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