Designing with concrete surfaces
Concrete surfaces might seem timeless, but the way they’re being used in interior design is changing all the time.
Concrete surfaces have been prominent in Australian interiors for too long to be described as a trend, but the role they play continues to change, as new interior design movements emerge and evolve. While polished concrete floors and walls remain popular in both commercial and residential projects, there’s been a strong movement to polished terrazzo as a design feature. Trowelled and distressed concrete treatments are also becoming more prominent, as a way of introducing texture and heightening the sense of authenticity that is key to concrete’s appeal. And feature elements such as cast-on-site island benches have become a major design statement.
Essastone Concrete Pezzato Weathered finish.
Combining concrete and colour
Concrete surfaces are a great fit for the organic colours increasingly favoured by Australian architects and designers – muted greens, grey-based blues, saturated navies and deep forest greens. Choosing the right concrete-and-colour combination is much like pairing paint and laminate, says Laminex Design Marketing Manager Catherine Valente. “The key factor is understanding your concrete surface’s base tone,” she explains. “For example, concretes can have a green tone in many instances, and this can affect the palette you may be trying to align to.”
Essastone Grigio Pezzato Gloss finish.
The different tones in a concrete surface can also determine what kind of interior fit-out it’s best suited to. “Richer, more masculine concretes are a great choice for urban styles,” says Valente, “while softer, more organic tones work beautifully with natural materials such as timber.”
Essastone Bitumen Igneous finish.
A versatile alternative to poured concrete
In situ concrete can achieve beautiful bespoke results, but it can be too expensive for many projects, and isn’t suitable for every application. Essastone’s Concretes range was developed for use on benchtops and walls, to help architects and designers achieve the look and feel of concrete in a more cost-effective way. And it includes ten beautiful decors that reflect current design movements like those outlined above.
Essastone Luna Concrete Weathered finish.
For example, Ash Concrete offers a highly realistic interpretation of smooth grey concrete with very fine aggregate. Essastone Luna Concrete captures a hand-trowelled aesthetic, with shallow dimples, ripples and ridges bringing tactility and an industrial edge. And Terrazzino puts a contemporary spin on classic terrazzo, with confetti-like quartz crystals peppered through a creamy grey base.
Essastone Ash Concrete Matte finish.
Essastone Terrazzino Gloss finish.
To explore the full Essastone Concretes range and order a free sample, click here.