Forget backyards and driveways; bring concrete inside!
At one time, concrete was viewed as a building material, not a design choice. It was a material best used outside – something cars could drive on, not a focal point for home decor. However, those days are gone. Anyone who has kept up to date on current design trends has likely noticed that contemporary homes are finding more and more ways to incorporate concrete, either as flooring or walls. “While concrete material has been used as a basis and structural support for buildings and structures for ages now, up until recently these concrete items have been often covered up with secondary materials or paint to disguise that cold, industrial look,” writes Tana Makmanee for Trendhunter.com. “In this modern age however, concrete has become a very hip and minimalist type of material to have in buildings and homes, offering a very simple and sleek overall look.” It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that featuring concrete in your home is a striking visual statement. It can transform a traditional abode into a modern, industrial space. Many homeowners have found that pairing concrete with softer, more natural materials creates the right balance. For instance, concrete floors and walls combined with wood cabinetry and bright, multi-colored flowers could walk the line between classic and contemporary. At the same time, if you decide to use concrete inside your home, it’s important to know how to maintain it. Treating concrete with a high-quality impregnating sealer can help protect it from stains caused by oil and water, as well as structural damage caused by liquids, including efflorescence, freeze-thaw damage, spalling and picture framing. Additionally, unlike topical sealers, which can leave the surface of concrete more slippery, impregnating sealers will maintain the material’s natural slip-resistance.
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