Interiors are going industrial this spring and summer but, fear not, concrete can actually look cool. There are some fabulous homeware items out there that really demonstrate how industrial materials can be adapted to create chic pieces that would be ideal for any contemporary home or to add an edge to more traditional designs. There are items to suit a multitude of needs and desires, from designer furniture and lighting to stylish planters and stunning wallpaper.
The Fletcher Pendant Light, priced at £80 from BHS, encompasses one of the key trends of the moment – the need to mix materials to create depth in your décor. The concrete base perfectly complements the smoked glass of the shade, adding interest as well as practical lighting to any room. Beut’s Wertwerke Classic Small Betonwatch Clock, £132, also offers a tactile mix of materials with its concrete face, available in a range of colours, and its elegant wooden hands. Another ideal wood and concrete combo is offered by Cox & Cox’s Concrete Topped Stool, £120, which is supremely stylish in its sheer simplicity. This is an item that could complement almost any room, but you have to see its particular potential in a stone-floored kitchen or conservatory. Add to the concrete theme further in these rooms with a John Lewis Parry Concrete Pendant Light, £60. This minimalist domed design is ideal for hanging above a breakfast bar or giving height and interest to any dining area.
If you want to get the look without the commitment of concreting your floors, simply add some new home accessories that will nod to the trend whilst still complementing your existing interior design. Consider a display of various Hand-Poured Candle Holders from Anthropologie, where prices start at £8 apiece. H&M also has a great modern-looking Three Wick Candle for just £7.99. Add some colourful candles to the holders that need them and you have instantly created an eye-catching trendy display.
Concrete planters are another great way to transform both the inside and outside areas of your home. Concrete and green foliage is the perfect combination, with the harshness of the concrete completely neutralised by the living contents. Vary your plants and create a collection of Henry & Future Textured Concrete Planters, £8 each from Not on the High Street, or go for one statement piece such as the striking Tripod Planter, £89 from Dwell. A Dipped Concrete Vase, £12.50 from Cox & Cox, is ideal for small posies of cut flowers, or create an extravagant blooming display in a large Swedish Concrete Vase, £35 from Future And Found, which perfectly blends a rustic feel with one of contemporary elegance without detracting from the flowers placed within. Another perfect choice to add an industrialised elegance is the George Home Cement Copper Effect Vase, priced at just £8 from Asda. This is another great example of how a mix of materials can add a depth of design that belies a very reasonable price tag.
Every living space should be complemented with a good source of ambient lighting, and the Robyn Concrete Table Lamp is a bargain buy at just £22.99 from Dunelm. Just imagine its warm glow of light reflecting off a wall papered in concrete-textured Urban Concrete Polkadot Wallpaper by Young & Battaglia, £55 a roll from Rocket St George, or bouncing off the functional and fashionable Masons du Monde Concrete Side Table, £247.40, which would look just as good placed outside on a patio as it does indoors.