By now, it’s clear that polished concrete floors as created by us are seen as striking features in many NZ homes, and not just as a practical flooring surface for commercial premises. But in recent times, we’ve noticed that concrete, in general, is making its mark as one of the latest interior design trends, and not just on the floor.
We like to keep an eye on what is hot and what is not when it comes to decorative concrete for flooring. But an article from an Australian real estate company about design trends in homes over the ditch talked about concrete being used in a wider sense. We thought we’d share some of the main points with you – you might find them inspiring as you consider design ideas for your home!
For a start, concrete is a relatively affordable and adaptable material so it fits nicely into any budget. It’s durable and strong too, making it a low maintenance option. But it’s how concrete is being used in homes that caught our attention, and it might do the same for you.
Concrete benchtops, sinks, islands and vanities are growing in popularity in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Not only are they beautiful, but the water and stain-resistant qualities of concrete seals make them perfect for use in wet spaces. If you think you’re seeing more concrete fixtures like this in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, then you shouldn’t be surprised. It’s further proof that interior concrete is hot right now, and that includes our polished floors.
In other parts of the home, concrete is the star of the show as well. For example, the material is being used for things like bench seats, side tables, outdoor furniture, and stools. Not only does this stand out in a visual sense, but it brings those qualities we all love about concrete; long-lasting and low maintenance being just two of them.
If distinctive home design is important to you, then we suggest you look outside the square and consider concrete. There’s nothing cold and grey about this material at all. Check out our gallery to see the difference it makes to homes – there’s no other flooring surface quite like it. Now use your imagination and dream how concrete can also be used in other ways, inside, and outside, your home.
Dear John, it is with pleasure that I write to thank Concrete Grind and Polish Ltd for the fantastic work undertaken at the NZ National Maritime Museum. From the initial meeting to discuss the process to the user friendly manner in which all steps were explained to the completed finish of the floor was always dealt with in a professional and attentive manner. As you can imagine the Museum needs to have a professional finish to all their works undertaken within the Maritime Museum space as we are the NZ National Maritime Museum and the only attraction on the waterfront in the Auckland CBD. I would have no hesitation in undertaking the services of your company should we have further work of a similar nature in the future development of the Maritime Museum.
Murray Dick, Operations Manager NZ National Maritime Museum