Could the Polished Concrete look be the solution for your Gold Coast bathroom renovation? This style is popular and can bring interest and value to your design in part or whole. In this article we’ll explore some practical applications of polished concrete style for bathrooms, with examples from recent Armrock bathroom renovations.
What is Polished Concrete Style?
Polished concrete is a fascinating style that leverages the look of refined concrete as its aesthetic. Just as concrete can be made for many different looks, so too can polished concrete have many appearances. In polished concrete, the components of the concrete take on a visual role, finished so they can be appreciated. This makes it an interesting material to use in your renovation!
The style originates from from the method of improving concrete floors through various means to make it a feature, rather than hiding it away in a under carpet or floorboards. Baring the concrete in this way is the essence of industrial design – revealing the form in the functional for an integrated, unified style.
The look can be reproduced either by working with actual concrete or through the application of materials in the same style, such as polished concrete tiles. We’ve recently been using polished concrete tiles to great effect in many of our Gold Coast bathroom renovation projects.
You can learn more about concrete polishing on Wikipedia.
What’s Special About It?
Modern bathroom style is always striving to be fresh and new. Polished concrete is an industrial concept, which entails the showcasing of structural and functional elements that were once hidden away. You can read more about industrial design on decoist.com. By introducing the polished concrete look into your bathroom, you can access a library of visual possibilities that can make your new bathroom an exciting space. Other positives about the style include:
- Can be implemented in part or whole
- Combines well with other common bathroom elements
- Can be warm or cool (colour temperature)
Polished Concrete Tiles
Polished concrete tiles – or more accurately, polished concrete-look tiles – are tiles that accurately replicated the polished concrete style. They’re a great way to access the style for floors or walls and are ready to go – no concrete polishing is required.
Although they’re available in a variety of sizes, larger tile sizes are popular at the moment for polished concrete – perhaps because of their more expansive look. Either way they come in a variety of styles. Grey tones are common because they echo the greys ordinarily found in concrete, but there are many subtle variations to choose from.
Polished Concrete Bathrooms
A successful polished concrete bathroom includes a juxtaposition of styles. Used exclusively polished concrete can be overbearing, but when combined judiciously with timbers, glosses, metallics such as silver, and plants or natural accessories, a rich experience is revealed.
This comes from polished concretes ability to mix well with other common bathroom inclusions. We’re getting great results combining polished concrete with timber-look laminates for a style that is immediately textural, inviting and also utilitarian and practical.
Polished Concrete Shower
Stainless Steel Shower Drain
Polished concrete and silver go together – it’s part of the industrial theme (think factory + machinery). Running a full-length drain communicates this idea whilst further expanding the visual impression created by the large 600x600mm tiles.
Stainless Steel Shower Head
Again, polished concrete tiles work with the silver of this showerhead for a compelling style. To make it work best, consider how it will be balanced in your bathroom. The more polished concrete you use, the more likely it will require an offset of some kind by a natural material or texture.