Design Trends To Consider When You're Working With Concrete

15 December 2015
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Whether you're thinking about adding a concrete counter top to your interior renovation or building a new retaining system for a garden area outside, you may want to see what's new in concrete design before you begin. Concrete is a time-tested material that's appreciated for it's incredible versatility and strength, offering a perfect medium for both creativity and building integrity alike. But with trends that look to manipulate this medium into something that's both modern and new, there are a few things to consider when you're about to work with concrete at your home.

Asymmetrical Aesthetics

Working with molds, stamps, and stains can provide a lot of opportunity to create a unique look in concrete. But if you want a look that's both polished and really unique, you should also consider working with asymmetry in your design work. Asymmetry can lend beauty to concrete designs because it creates an aesthetic focus that appears different, but is still balanced. For example, consider asymmetry that uses one large shape that is balanced on an opposite side by several smaller shapes that take up as much area as the larger one, but have a random configuration. This can be done with blocks and shapes formed in concrete, like stepping stones, retainer walls, or slabs, as well as staining or pattern work applied to larger installations.

Accentuating Textural Elements

Though smooth and polished concrete is a trend that's still being considered for floors, walls, and counter tops, accentuating aggregates or including other materials as microtoppings, like glass, steel, rubber, and stone is a great way to bring texture to your installation. Exposed aggregates and embedded materials offer you the chance to create texture and color in concrete installations, with each finish creating a surface that interacts well with natural light and wet conditions. Accentuated texture is great for areas that need enhanced traction, like driveways or footpaths, but they can offer a beautiful finish to counter tops or formed products as well.

Whether you're doing the job yourself or hiring a professional, you should search options that concrete suppliers recommend for your particular installation needs, and try not to deviate from the product's specs. If you're not sure how to use stains and aggregates properly, or you don't know how to create solid foundations with unusual mixes, ask a concrete supplier how to create an installation with their materials that has the strength and aesthetic applicable for your particular needs.