How To Use Decorative Concrete

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Are you planning to redecorate your house or office?  Do you have plans to revamp your place to make things appear more cheery and bright?  Or do you want to make your flooring achieve a certain look that is unique to your lifestyle?  If you are having these thoughts, try checking out decorative concrete. You won't be limited to just cement and tiles with this artistic addition. You can have your signature style in the concrete layer that you want to add. What's more is that concrete is a very strong material that can last years with very minimal maintenance measures.

Some of the most common uses of decorative concrete are floors, finishes, countertops, etc. Concrete flooring is common among rustic houses. But these are finished differently than ordinary polished concrete. Some decorators and contractors use a concrete stamp made of rubber to imprint designs on a wall or a surface. Most home and building owners prefer art to be made by professional artists, but even ordinary individuals with an eye for art can manage to do this. Or you can create a design or have one drawn by a contractor if you have an idea in mind. In commercial and private decorative concrete use, dyes are applied to attain the color desired for each specific purpose. For example, if you want to create a classic look on your wall or floor, you can choose to use a concrete overlay or stained concrete. Colors can be added to your floor or wall that would suit the type of décor you prefer. 

As mentioned earlier, concrete is known for its strength, and thus its uses are not limited to just walls and floors.

  • If you want your artistic side to work for you, you can use concrete to overlay a part of your wall. You can use it as accent or a breaker.
  • Or you can use stamped concrete as a base for your lighting fixtures. This will give your light enhancements. Another creative use of decorative concrete would be as a molding on your doorjamb.
  • A great use for colored or stamped concrete is for embedding hooks or makeshift stands for coats, hats and the like. You don't have to have that coat rack near your door anymore.
  • You can stylize one wall with colored or stamped concrete and add brass rails and such.
  • Or you can even go all the way with using concrete and create moldings and forms for tabletop decorations. Just make sure that your table is strong, though. Concrete can be quite heavy.
  • If you have a kitchen and a dining area that does not have a fixed separation, you can use a small concrete wall (ideally waist high) as a breaker. And you can use earth tones if you want that natural look. Or if you want a modern look, you can opt for carbon black to achieve this.

You can mold concrete in countless forms to suit your needs and your artistic eye. For a more individualized and personalized home, decorative concrete can usually seal the deal.


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