Appearing for the first time inside a little more than 25 years ago, waxed concrete is now just as current. Smooth and reflective or matt and rather natural, it is among the most used materials in architect houses around the world and it is not by chance. But can we integrate it successfully into our own common home? Where to use it and what to associate it to make it work? Let’s discover together the answers using a gallery of photos of some of the top professionals created by professionals!
Ideas on Raw Cement and Waxed Concrete as Interior Coatings
The logic implies that one must know everything about the waxed concrete in order to integrate it successfully in his own apartment. Fortunately, we have already examined it under the microscope, revealed all its secrets and you could also know them by following the link above. That is why in the current article we will only explore its decorative side and the steps to take to make it work.
The first super attractive home that we would like to introduce you comes from the Czech architectural studio with interesting name OOOOX sro It shows that one does not necessarily have to choose between waxed concrete and raw concrete. It seems that you can quietly have both in the context of a single habitat. Provided that one chooses where to use one and where to put the other, everything will be in order and the interior will result attractive.
Reasonably, the ground, where one sometimes walks barefoot, must be smooth and pleasant on contact. The ceiling, on the other hand, does not necessarily have to be polished and satin to the touch which allows more conceptual audaces. That being said, if you want to build your house properly, you can smooth the concrete on the ground, but you opt for richer textures creating more visual effects by choosing the design of your ceiling and Of its interior walls.
The second design house in our collection is named Casa Golf and is located near Buenos Aires. Its design is a work of Luciano Kruk Architecture and has several good decoration ideas to offer us. One realizes immediately that the interior obeys the basic principle that we have already analyzed. In other words, the waxed concrete has always been used on the ground, leaving the walls and ceiling rough.
How to avoid the “work in progress” effect that can accompany cement?
But when you set your sights on raw cement, there is always a big risk that you have to counter. One explains immediately: if things go wrong we can get a “house under construction” totally unfriendly. In order to avoid a similar faux pas, combine the concrete with full of sophisticated textures such as natural wood, glass, leather and furs that will give your space a finished and polished air.
And what is refined and noble material par excellence? Of course, it’s marble. This super natural stone is able to remedy easily the industrial aspect accompanying the cement. From all appearances, professionals by Eon Architecture have made the most of this amazing but absolutely successful symbiosis. The bathroom shown above is part of an apartment in Reykjavík, Iceland, and strikes the viewer with the prosperous marriage of diametrically opposed materials.
Brick is another material harmonizing with waxed concrete and it is not only in industrial lofts. Even the white brick can play a rather beneficial role in terms of the stylistic complement of the cement, as you can see yourself by looking at the workshop illustrated above. What other unavoidable aids will be the subject of the paragraphs to follow.
How to “thaw” waxed concrete to create a cozy interior
When we talk about waxed concrete or raw cement, we could not skip the means offsetting their innate freshness. Since this material is gray, austere and sometimes too monotonous, one must neutralize these rather negative qualities and transform them into assets. The easiest ways to do this is through colors and more precisely – warm colors. The accents in yellow, orange and red do wonders when you want to counterbalance a cold and rigorous texture.
The other weapon in the fight against the inhospitable decor is the proper lighting and especially the temperature of light. This is the proof that soft indirect lighting in hot LED ribbons and some strategically placed lamps are all that is needed to subtly warm the decoration in waxed concrete or raw cement. For information, the warm white LED is between 2800 and 300 K, while the above values are neutral and cold.
The bright flame is the only one to match, or even surpass, the cozy rendering of warm light. It is for this reason that houses with chimneys can adopt more bold approaches by decorating waxed concrete. Of course, the corten steel creator’s fireplace above is a total eye-catcher, but the good news is that the warm effects of the fire will take place no matter your social status, your bank balance or the area of your living room.
Waxed concrete in the minimalist style
If, on the other hand, you are an admirer of the minimalist style, you will not be disappointed either. The last 3 proposals in our gallery are devoted to this type of decoration purified and ultra modern. It turns out that there are quite a few decorative options for a coating as simple as waxed concrete, is not it? What is your favorite?