Concrete?! In the living room?! Now, before anyone assumes that every designer has collectively decided on a bad idea, wait a moment. This isn’t the concrete used on sidewalks or in driveways, but polished concrete used by architects and interior designers more and more in their projects.
There are several types and names from polished concrete to cement to the Policrete Liquid Porcelain which is stronger and more durable than traditional microcement. All of these can be used in your living rooms, but let us break it down easier.
Since its inception, it has been used in kitchens and bathrooms for both private and commercial spaces. In these spaces where clean lines and easy cleanup are important, polished concrete is a necessity. In the living room this same material can give a modern and comfortable look for those who share and entertain themselves in this important area of the home.
One of the key benefits of the liquid porcelain is the decorative characteristics is the uneven placement of aggregates and diversified porosity. This gives not only depth to the material, but allows for so much creativity in design. Each concrete element is unique and its structure can be seen in delicate discolorations and streaks, emphasizing its noble shape.
With polished concrete you can offer infinite possibilities of decoration and use it in unimaginable places in our living room. In this article we show you six ideas where to use it:
- Wall and floor:
When most people consider the floor and walls in their living room, they want something cozy and warm like wood. Concrete floors and walls don’t generally give off a cozy and warm home feeling. But that can change when one simply changes the coloring of the floor. From grays and blues to reds and oranges, the floor can instantly look warmer. Pair that warm furnishings, and you’ll have an amazing space.
On the other hand, the same coloring can offer an edgy flair with a modern twist that makes them undeniably cool. The best part is that they are incredibly durable and very easy to maintain. It is ideal for places or homes with large spaces offering a completely modern and chic look. If your home is small, you can use it on the floor and combine with other materials such as wood to add more layers of warmth.
- Coffee table:
How about a decoration piece? There is no faster way to create one than to have a unique coffee table all your own. Since you can take cement and create it into any shape imaginable, your coffee table can become not only something incredibly functional, but also something that makes people stop and stare. Add a cool glass top, or maybe a hidden drawer for games. The possibilities are limitless.
Polished concrete furniture is an increasingly popular within a minimalist or industrial design. Different colors and textures can be achieved and made to enhance the uniqueness of your home. Create the perfect couch and add on pillows and covers.
A decoration element widely used in homes, are the shelves where we display our most precious books, photos or ornaments. Finding the perfect bookshelf can be a task in and of itself. Many exasperated book lovers simply design their own system to display their treasures. With polished concrete, or liquid porcelain, there is practically no limit to what sort of shelving one can design. Small space, no problem; large wall – fill it up.
What gives the interior a unique atmosphere, that warms them up and makes us want to stay in it is undoubtedly the lighting. While a shade may not be the best location for liquid porcelain, the base of the lamp is another target. This is the space where creative folk can allow their imaginations to run wild as they play with shapes, impressions, or other filigree.
If you are afraid of using polished concrete in large areas of your living room, you can give it a chic touch with small pots of this material. Achieve a minimalist, industrial and modern look with small details of polished concrete. Make micropots or large ones. Bring in a variety of plants, or in warmer climates, allow the living room to expand outside.
Policrete offers you a liquid porcelain material with a perfect polished concrete finish, which will allow you to put your imagination into practice and do whatever you want in your home. Our coating has high strength and long durability compared to other coatings on the market. If you want to know more, we can advise you, contact us!