Decorative Concrete is Flexible and Affordable

A client wants to use stone in the house you’re building for them, but it’s too expensive and doesn’t fit their budget. Instead of saying no, use concrete: it can take the shape and color of anything your client wants it to be.

September 01, 2008

A few custom builders are getting to know concrete as a flexible material to use instead of expensive ones like marble or stone. Concrete can be colored with dyes or mixed with other materials set the theme for the room. Concrete can be used indoors and outdoors, on walls, floors, sinks, counters and even furniture. Take a look at how custom builders are using concrete in their projects.

Photography by Verlennich Masonry & Concrete

Stone-Face Look-Alike

This bathroom has a sophisticated rural look to it, and it is all made from concrete. The walls were done with an overlay and are colored with a brown stain for a rich earth-tone color. The floor was done with slate and stained with multiple colors. The vanity top is stained and has amethyst seeded into the vein, passing under the sink.


Photography by Portland Cement Association

Concrete as an Art Medium

This colorful piece of art is a great example of how to use engravings with stains to create a design. The design was engraved on the concrete, and each section of the design was stained with a bright color — a great way to dress up a room.


Photography by The Bomanite Co.

Patterns Go a Long Way

The floor of this room has been micro-topped with Bomanite; the company claims its products can turn any piece of concrete into a work of art quickly and affordably. The subtle colors and the pattern bring the room together, drawing your attention to the center, but also around the room with the circle pattern.


Photography by The Bomanite Co.

Earth Tones Work

The Bomanite Co. used concrete throughout this home, yet it remains warm and inviting. The floor and wall are layered with a neutral brown stain, which define the kitchen but allowed the transition between the rooms to be harmonious. Inlaying objects into the concrete and using natural elements to leave impressions within the concrete lends a distinctive style to the home.


Photography by Doug Scott Photography

Structurally Sound

The owners of this contemporary house are a commercial airline pilot and a helicopter enthusiast. They wanted a connection with the water, mountains and sky, so simple materials such as concrete, wood and steel were used for the walls and floors. The concrete and steel frame construction allows for an open floor plan with unobstructed views to the lake and mountains.


Photography by Portland Cement Association

Exposed Aggregates That Add Detail

Another way to use concrete in the home is to bring aggregates into the picture. This particular project uses exposed aggregates for color and texture. Divider strips form a cohesive pattern that gives it a clean look. Exposed aggregates are perfect for patios and outdoor rooms.


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