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If you’re thinking about using concrete flooring in the future here are some great images to help you narrow down the look you want. Concrete floors in rooms without fabric can seem pretty cold, but the space above counteracts that with multiple points of interest like the bright spots of colour and varied ornate details scattered throughout.
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If you have exposed brick, concrete floors are a natural companion.
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Add wooden furniture to the mix and you have great base of varied textures.
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Lots of wood, in both the architecture and the furniture will soften the look.
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Concrete is a great base for an urban or industrial look. Your metal numbers and over sized accessories work really well with a concrete floor.
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And particularly well with industrial windows. I also love the visible square outlines and nail marks in this dining room.
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The mat, unlined floor surface in this very contemporary living area is a perfect choice with such an amazing piece of artwork on the wall.
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This highly polished section of floor picks up the natural light, and, combined with the sea grass matting in the background, the look is far from cold.
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A rougher look, with a more marbled appearance is great for a room with a lot of practical purposes. Just be sure to add some colour and a great piece of art.
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I prefer concrete when there’s a rug involved. Fabric is crucial for comfort.
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And concrete can come in many colours. It’s not always grey. You can get some beautiful, natural browns.
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And…you can paint it!
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I think this is the coolest floor for kids. Completely un-wreckable, looks fabulous and you can change it whenever you feel inspired.
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And the old favorite white is also an option.
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But I think the best concrete floors out there have a bespoke pattern. The contrast between the utilitarian concrete and a gorgeous decorative pattern is fab.
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You can stencil, or you can have a pattern “milled” or etched into the concrete. If anyone knows where to go to get this done I’d love to hear from you. Transparent house did these ones…but they’re in the States.
So good luck with your concrete floor. Be wary of heating. If you go for under the floor heating that’s a big slab of concrete that’s got to warm up and then down again. In a place like Melbourne our temperature fluctuates too much for it to really work.