Livin' in a Concrete Jungle - Get the look

It's like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under.

So today we're gonna be talking 'bout CONCRETE. It's been slowly but surely slipping its way in to our subconcious, showing up Interior Mags and Bars in the city. Concrete has always been there in urban society, since the rise of Brutalism in the 50s-70s, but its a bit of a controversial one, pretty or pretty ugly? I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Lets be Brutal

I'm gonna throw you in at the deepend folks. It feels hard to talk about concrete without talking about Brutalism, so I'm gonna give you a wee super brief 101.

The name Brutalism comes for the French word for 'Raw', how good is that?? So if we are talking about Brutalism we are expecting to see big, blocky, imposing buildings, usually geometric/made up of repeat pattern, and they're all made from poured concrete. It's very much the marmite of the architecture world, but in recent years it's been getting more design cred', anyway you either love it or hate it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Is concrete right for me?

Lets just talk about the elephant in the room, yes concrete is cold, yes its grey, but the texture, those imperfections and air bubbles. That's what I really enjoy about concrete, it IS raw. The industial look and not to mention the colour palettes of fresh greys have been en vouge now for a while so it seems the perfect time to slip it back in to the mainstream.

I mean look at that texture.

Alex Badea, tealights

So concretes a bold look right? Easy for a bar or cafe to go that strong with a look, but a home? I'm not gonna lie, its something you gotta balance.

Now don't get me wrong, I've been looking at images of cool concrete bathrooms and countertops and for me personally, balanced with copper, it gives me LIFE. But it aint everyones bag and I know even if it is your bag, it's still a big decision and a bold look. So to ease you in to loving concrete I've came up with 9 ways that you can introduce the look in to your house, and try it out to see if its your bag.




Show me the Concrete!

Lets see how we can make it work for you.

Well if after seeing all that pretty homeware, I still haven't got you convinced then maybe it really isn't your bag. What do you think, love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments.