No longer the preserve of open-plan, warehouse sized spaces, polished concrete can be used in bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. Polished concrete is hardwearing, attractive and easy to clean. When used in residential properties it can compliment any decorative or design scheme. Here are a few of the key rooms we suggest polished concrete is suitable for.
Polished Concrete Living Areas
Having a polished concrete floor in the living area of a residential property can help to create a striking and attractive interior. It is most commonly used along with underfloor heating to ensure comfort and warmth even in the depths of winter. While it can be used to create a modern, almost industrial look, polished concrete can be softened with the addition of rugs and other textiles.
A neutral coloured concrete floor can be polished to a matt, satin or gloss finish. The last few years have seen a surge in matt grey floors, usually offset with boldly coloured furniture. In 2019 interiors are moving back towards earth tones, with muted sand, oatmeal and linen colours growing in popularity. A newly installed polished concrete floor can be tinted to suit the style of any interior, while existing concrete floors can be stained if they are not a suitable colour.
Polished Concrete Kitchen Floors
The kitchen has become a focus for interior design over the last ten years. While no one has ever doubted its importance, the kitchen has rarely been as central as it is seen today. For many families it is the room in which they cook, eat, work and share time together. Large open plan kitchens, complete with island and inductions hob, have become the must have feature for many homes.
Polished concrete floors make an ideal addition to any kitchen, small or large. The hard wearing surface will look attractive, resist stains and spills and provide a tough surface that will not need to be replaced over time. It has a contemporary look which will match well with modern design styles. Polished concrete floors are also non-slip surfaces, and are easy to clean and maintain. The floor can be paired with concrete countertops and sinks, helping to unify the different aspects of the kitchen.
Polished Concrete Bathroom Floors
The bathroom is a deeply personal space, which must combine its utility with a comfortable environment. Polished concrete, when sealed correctly, can withstand the water generated by showers, sinks and bathtubs. The increased humidity and moisture in bathrooms requires an impermeable sealer which will stop water penetrating the floor. However, with the correct expertise polished concrete can make an ideal wet room.