Concrete for an outdoor area? There are so many more choices as well!
Concrete may not be the first thing that comes to mind when interior design choices must be made, but it is very versatile. Blues, reds, grays, greens and browns can be added to concrete surfaces to blend with or stand out from any interior decor. Concrete can also be shiny or matte, with no gloss.A picture of one “glistening,” blue floor actually looked like water. Imagine the design possibilities here. This decor could include a seascape or coastal theme, or something completely different. Some designs appear to be 3D, which could be good or confusing; it may depend on who sees it.
Homes, offices and large public venues rely on concrete to hold up well and to look good year after year. It’s not a passing fad after 5,000 years of use. Egyptians discovered the wonders of concrete, and the Romans jumped on the band wagon more than 2,000 years ago. Building remnants made of concrete can be used to rehab old structures or support new structures. It literally lasts for millennia, as seen in the pyramids.
Residential uses include the creation of outdoor patios, swimming pools and surrounds, driveways and walkways. Concrete is also used in large, outdoor BBQs and fireplaces. Where there is concrete, there is little or no lawn care, but landscaping around concrete structures makes the area show up well with a finished look.
Entire homes are made of concrete and glass, with some steel reinforcement, especially in contemporary styles. Outer facades are primarily shades of gray which present a clean, spare manifestation of strength. Lovers of simple, straight lines often crave this type of architecture. It does not demand repainting after a few years since it never has to be painted. It may be a maintenance dream.
Homeowners can still enjoy the fun of picking out colors and designs when using concrete, so there is no disappointment in that respect. Live it up even more making these choices for floors and all of those outdoor areas. No one has to give up wood since the inside of the house can be made of just about any kind of material. Take a look at some concrete designs for indoor and outdoor areas, and start planning your next project.