The One, an Asian YouTube channel, recently featured a stunning traditional Chinese home that is full concrete. The house blends seamlessly into the landscape of the area and looks like it would last centuries.
It boasts of indoor-outdoor rooms that a breathable and peaceful vibe. The different rooms flow into each other with ease, which is common in Chinese residences, be they villas, mansions, or your simple detached home. There’s just this historic elegance to it, which concrete definitely plays a vital role in creating.
Indeed, concrete is a fantastic material for homes and not only because of its impressive structural longevity. With strong, creative sensibilities concrete floors and walls cease to look dull and stern. When treated with decorative concrete finishes, concrete can seem like an all-new material.
Therefore, if your personal aesthetic leans toward simple, minimalistic, and slightly industrial interior designs, you cannot go wrong with finished concrete. Here are a few other reasons why it’s an excellent material to utilize for your abode.
1. It’s easy to clean.
The coating prevents dirt and stains from settling into the concrete. Therefore, daily maintenance through sweeping and mopping can be done in a breeze. It’s easy to polish as well if you want an impressively shiny finish.
2. It’s pest-resistant.
Most house pests do not stand a chance against finished concrete. The coating covers holes effectively, which pests use as secret pathways. Plus, concrete is impervious to the destructive activities of insects. This automatically makes your home a much safer place to live for the family.
2. It’s easy to customize.
If you are keen on adding a bit more pizzazz to our concrete floors or walls, there’s no time-consuming surface preparation for the surfaces so you can apply a fresh coat of decorative finish or paint. Giving surfaces a different character can be accomplished in a single day.
Providing it with a new finish, you can even stamp images or patterns on wet cement to create faux tiles and delicious textures before making it shiny with a fresh coat of decorative finish.
3. It’s a reliable backdrop for exquisite hues.
The natural appearance of concrete creates a perfect background for colorful decor and furniture. You will find that whimsical art and installations stand out even more with finished concrete in the background.
In fact, even garden blooms look more charming when set against concrete.
4. It’s weather-resistant.
Finished concrete can withstand the changing seasons and maintain its structural integrity despite fluctuations in temperature and the presence of rain and snow.
5. It has a unique beauty.
It is worth noting that the material takes on a different type of beauty when seasons change, and even through different hours of the day. Its neutral color imbibes a bright appeal when the sun is rising, and it takes on a cozy vibe when the sun is setting.
In the winter, it can look cold from the outside, but warm inside with yellow lighting and fire from a furnace to heat and illuminate the rooms.
6. It is easy to repair.
Cracks and crumbling concrete only take a short time to repair so walls and surfaces can become structurally sound once again. And, sealing and coating them to regain pest-resistance and beauty does not take a long time as well.
7. It’s a lovely replacement for bathroom tiles.
If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom and giving it a more modern look, finished concrete is an excellent alternative to mosaic bathroom tiles. The grey color of concrete works with white, black, gold, rose gold, and different types of matte finishes.
It also matches swimmingly with other materials such as stone, wood, and metals, which luxurious bathrooms have.
8. It can replace furniture and other home installations.
Have you seen a finished concrete bathtub? Gorgeous. Not keen on buying benches and dining tables? You can make these with cement as well — ditto with counters, sinks, recessed shelves, and other home installations.
There’s no doubt that finished concrete is an amazing material to use in profusion for your home. It offers numerous advantages, and as designers continue to bring their expertise to creating stylish homes, the world can anticipate more exciting uses or integrations for finished concrete.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.