This year interior trends are really going to focus on materials and their connotations rather than just a color or texture. Concrete might not seem like an obvious choice for your home, but 2017 sees a huge influx of concrete accessories for the bedroom to the bathroom. Not limited to this composite material, the trend also incorporates the hues and modern ambience of concrete. A fresh take on the industrial styles of seasons past, The LuxPad takes a closer look at the Concrete Interior Trend and how to get the look in your home…
There are those who will welcome this trend with open arms, and for those there is no better place than to start with actual concrete accessories. Far from creating a cold, hard atmosphere, concrete can actually help to bring a warmer feel to your home. Using concrete material gives the perfect excuse to add soft furnishings with more tactile textures. Juxtaposing with the cool surface of this industrial stone, they will add warmth and offset the timeless quality of your concrete accessories. From concrete furniture, such a chairs from Lyon Beton, and lighting to easier-to-incorporate into your home designs such as concrete planters there are lots of ways to bring the material into your interior design.
Shades of Gray
If the thought of incorporating grey stone into your interior is too much, then look to concrete as an inspiration and bring shades of gray into your home instead. Last year renowned interiors writer Kate Watson-Smyth published her first book, Shades of Grey. Full of practical advice and interesting ideas, the book is ideal to help you to bring this multi-faceted shade into your home and transform your interior.
Kate shared her top three tips for incorporating gray into an interior scheme with The LuxPad:
‘1) If you’re nervous that it won’t work on the walls then start with the furniture – you can always change the look with the cushions or throws.
2) Try painting shelves in dark gray – they will make everything on them really stand out and look amazing. They won’t be too dark either as the objects will lighten the overall effect.
3) Gray loves all the other colors so if you find the right shade it will go with everything but natural wood will warm up a cool shade and metallic accessories will bounce light around a darker shade.’
Bringing varying shades of gray into your interior scheme will give a nod to the concrete trend, and will emphasise any concrete material pieces you do choose to add to your living space.
Layering textures will help to bring the Concrete Interior Trend together in any space. Think cushions and throws across a tired sofa or on your bed, mix gray shades with metallic tones. Concrete works well in a minimalist led interior scheme, but it can be accessorised with lots of decorative touches from metallic vases, to sequin embellished cushions. Take inspiration from concrete material and look to natural-led patterns, from marble to stonewashed fabrics across soft furnishings too.
In the bedroom look to blue shades across bed linen, this will work especially well if you have a concrete backdrop or influx of gray hues around the room. Blue will soothe and offset the concrete tones, working well with different gray shades and layered textures.
One of the very best ways to accessorise the Concrete Interior Trend is to bring plenty of greenery into your home. Botanicals are always a great addition to the home, but the vibrancy of the color green is the perfect partner to concrete’s gray connotations. From cacti to spider plants, look across different types of house plant that will work in your home and bring them in with abundance.
Classically, the bathroom is perhaps the space where one might envisage the Concrete Interior Trend to be, but 2017 showcases this material is a showstopper in any room. From on the table across dinning accessories, to the hallway in a storage unit, however you look to use concrete or its inspirations ensure you add a hint in your home this year.