Monoliths: stylish since 1968
Source: Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (via kubricks2011 )
Disclaimer: no one really knows what material Stanley Kubrick’s Monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was made of. Whichever interpretation of the Monolith you subscribe to, its presence undeniably charged a scene. Now, with the advent of concrete interior decorating and some help from a Kaodim service provider, you too can add some concrete to your life in a non-monolithic way.
While the notion of concrete may once have evoked thoughts of school compounds or industrial cityscapes, modern reinventions are all about exploring the versatility and texture of the material. Whether matte, polished or untouched, concrete surfaces in all shapes have a parsed-down look that complements most other colours and themes in a room.
Here are 8 of our favourite ways to use concrete in your home:
Uncovering the concrete surfaces that lie underneath most (modern) flooring is a shortcut to a chic, minimalist look. Concrete’s inherent imperfections and colouring add depth to a space without imposing a new pattern to your decorative scheme. If you’re thinking of tearing up your current flooring in pursuit of this aesthetic, you’ll probably need to consult a home renovator or contractor to ensure you’ll get the best results possible.
Use concrete for everyday functional objects and furniture to give your home a chic air while creating a landscape for indoor parkour. If a modern look is what you’re after, concrete furniture will get you there. Pair them with other pieces of mid-century modern style furniture.
When it comes to the kitchen, concrete is the new granite. Easy to clean, stain resistant, difficult to dent — it’s heaven sent for serious cooks. Plus, concrete’s modern look will complement stainless steel or metallic kitchen appliances. Specialist renovators and contractors should be able to help you redesign your current kitchen with concrete, with the help of an interior designer.
For a particularly cutting-edge look, strip your current stairs or build new concrete ones to create an architectural statement out of a mundane home feature.
5. Outdoor Furniture
Water proof. Theft proof. What else could you ask for that works in Malaysia?
6. Fences, screens & room dividers
If the thought of a visual horizon of concrete doesn’t thrill you, employing concrete screens or perforated walls (both indoors and outdoors) can define a new space in your home without loss of natural light. It’s a different look than the standard metal fences that keep unwanted visitors at bay. Choose a widely spaced, block pattern to double the screen’s use as a bookcase or display.
7. Decorative items & accents
If the other options that involve renovations or complete remodeling are too much of a hassle for you, try these little pieces of decorative concrete around your home. Not sure where to find them? Consult an interior designer.
To bring home your own spa experience, use concrete for an organic, stone-like feel and look. Functionally, concrete in your bathroom is better in resisting mold and stains, and proves more slip-proof than tiled surfaces even when wet. Like adding concrete to your kitchen, optimizing the use of concrete in your bathroom is a renovation that will most likely require the expertise of a construction professional.