Industrial Chic: Concrete isn’t just for Sidewalks Anymore

You’ve probably seen it coming. The transformation of concrete from a strictly utilitarian substance for the great outdoors (sidewalks, driveways, patios) into an übersophisticated medium of interior design. The surfaces are raw and imperfect; they’re grey and inconsistent. Which is what makes concrete such a fantastic backdrop to the clean lines and slick surfaces of many contemporary spaces.

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One of the best features of concrete? It’s pretty inexpensive and extremely versatile. That’s a win-win situation for the design world if I’ve ever seen one.

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The simplicity and organic vibe of concrete makes it an ideal material for showcasing precise geometric architectural forms. Like what we find in this space, from floor to ceiling.

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Embracing its industrial core, you can combine concrete with other raw materials (such as the plywood you see here) for a stunning impact.

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Large, unobstructed concrete walls are a perfect backdrop for the clean lines of modern minimalist décor. Low-slung furniture emphasizes the imperfections and inconsistencies of these tall concrete walls beautifully.

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Polished concrete floors add a chic industrial edge to this bright white space with tons of natural light. While concrete itself can have a heavy aesthetic, the sheen of the floor only adds to this room’s appealing airiness.

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The rough rawness of concrete ceiling tiles, window frame, and floor is juxtaposed with plenty of natural light, glossy whites, and subtle curves via lighting and seating. Light wood tones warm up the space nicely.

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Concrete walls can play a pivotal role in the drama and romance of a bedroom. This one is kept sophisticated with a monochromatic color palette.

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For those who embrace understated simplicity, few things would soothe your mind to sleep better than incorporating concrete into your bedroom’s design. This sophisticated interior in the Czech Republic tastefully breaks up the vastness of a single concrete wall with tile detailing.

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A major benefit of using concrete in your interior is the fact that it can be configured into practically any size or shape you might want…for relatively low cost. These custom concrete bathroom sinks are a perfect example.

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Matte concrete walls and fixtures combined with dark-grained wood and paired with the reflection off a frameless mirror create an ultra-chic study in beautiful contemporary bathroom design.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.