23 Apr DESIGN TREND: Concrete
Concrete, the raw and rigid building material has broadened its performance field, penetrating into most delicate parts of our living spaces, our bathrooms. The austere aesthetic of raw concrete goes hand in hand with robust industrial style, yet it also speaks the fine minimalist language.
While the aesthetic appeal of concrete in the bathroom is obvious, there some downsides to this material that need to be prevented to preserve its beauty and longevity.
Concrete is a naturally porous material that will soak up moisture from both spills, and the humidity in the air. If left untreated in a bathroom, spills and splashes will eventually start to stain its surface, causing discolourations and the growth of mildew and other microorganisms. To prevent this, It is necessary to seal a concrete floor with a clear, chemical treatment, which will both soak into the pores and lay over the surface of the material, creating an impregnable barrier that cannot be seen. This will make the flooring impervious to moisture penetration.
In a role of the interior finish; the concrete communicates beauty in its most fundamental expression.
When combined with a warm material such as wood, the result is a beautiful rhythm and balance.