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The Return of the Concrete Floor

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During the mid 2000's, I was a big fan of the concrete floor.  Concrete is a wonderfully versatile material.  Not only is it maintenance free, the possibilities are endless with color, pattern and texture. Concrete has been used architecturally for milienia; Ancient Rome's Pantheon in Rome has the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built.  In modern times, architectural greats Louis KahnCarlo Scarpa, & Tadao Ando used concrete to define their legacies...  One of my personal favorites is Ando's The Church of Light in Osaka, Japan.

Despite it's simplicity & easy upkeep, concrete is a sustainable building material and can have a buttery feel especially if radiant heating is installed beneath.

I love the use of traditional ceiling medallions & the en trumeau fireplace installed in this traditional parlor apartment.  I'd probably go with something a bit more formal for dining, but the designer nailed the overall approach.

The dark, coarse floor texture gives depth to a minimal, neutral palette.  This could easily be in an urban loft or rustic cottage.

The designer achieved a clean approach using simple, building materials.  I love the hint of a tribal stool with flayed leg to soften the space.

See the seam lines in the concrete above?  These are joints so the concrete can expand and contract...  It is very important to make sure your environment is climatized before installing to avoid cracks. Note the simple rug which breaks the structure & gives warmth to the space.

The assortment of tribal rugs also do a great job of give warmth to the living space above.

Darker grey concrete is used in a sophisticated manner; the color from the art/books really pulls the room together.

This interior is as minimal as minimal gets. I love how the architect  mirrored the concrete finish from the ceiling slab.  The bed is too simple for my aesthetics in a full time residence, but I can see this as a great concept for Marfa/Greece hotel properties.

This Scarpa inspired home uses a beige aggregate in their concrete, giving a natural look to the indoor courtyard.

You can easily stencil or paint a design on concrete for added definition.

It looks like there are two concretes replacing pavers and stonework defining this traditional space.  Hopefully I'll incorporate concrete into a future project of mine, perhaps my own :)  xoEB