Despite a reputation for being industrial and cold, concrete is now cropping up as a design feature in trendy bars, restaurants and boutique hotels. From smooth polished bar and table tops to poured concrete baths and pools in super-chic spas, concrete is being redefined at edgy, expensive and cool.
But there’s no need to spend a fortune to get the look at home. You can add a few accessories to achieve the same effect in an understated way. Mix it up with some on-trend metallics to really bring the trend up to date.
To get your started, here is the best concrete homeware.
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Contrast natural and manmade by displaying a few stems of fresh flowers in this vase. Also try filling with some rustic twigs or simple greenery for a more pared back effect.
Dipped concrete vase, £12.50 Cox and Cox
Pendants are the lighting style of the moment, available in an array of materials and styles. We love the mix-and-match idea of these ones – pick your bulb, cord and fitting for a totally customised look.
Pendant light, £55 by NUD collection at Bear and Bear
Smooth and elegant, this stool would look as much the part in a cosy ski chalet to an industrial loft apartment. Try mixing with different style stools – from metal to vintage wood – for an eclectic feel in an eat-in kitchen.
Concrete topped bar stool, £120 Cox and Cox
You don’t have to live in a warehouse style pad to get the industrial look – try this concrete-effect wallpaper to transform a dull magnolia room into your very own urban living space.
Concrete wallpaper, £199 Rockett St George
Create a warm glow with this elegant hurricane lamp. Opt for a tall church candle and light it indoors or out (during warmer months). The glass surround will prevent the flame from blowing out in the wind, and prevent unwanted wax drips getting on the carpet.
Round Hurricane Lamp, £110 Nordic House
A funky wall clock is an easy way to inject some personality into your home. This one looks like a descending spiral staircase and cleverly mimics the way a sundial works, as the shadows move around it throughout the day.
Concrete wall clock, £150 Culture Label
Gone are the days when succulents and cacti gathered dust in dark corners – now we want to show them off in unique and stylish ways. Combine two trends with these geometric-print planters – group in odd numers on windowsills or bookshelves.
Helix planters, from £5.95 each Graham and Green
Too good for tea and biscuits or TV dinners, this sophisticated tray is the perfect addition to a home bar. Load it up with martini glasses and test out those mixology skills for a Mad Men style cocktail hour.
Extra large tray, £130 Nordic House
No more novelty egg cups – bring some design cred to breakfast time with this one. The best bit is that it’s magnetic so the spoon that it comes with will balance effortlessly on the edge as you dip your soldiers.
Concrete egg cup, £19.99 Culture Label
Who said art had to be serious? We love this quirky print, which combines retro typography and taps into the concrete trend. Hang in a downstairs loo or home office for a great talking point.
Urban typographic print, £19.95 Not on the High Street