Concrete flooring is by far the most versatile kind of flooring there is. Literally made from concrete, this kind of flooring can be turned into something that resembles marble, tiles, or metal.
At first, you might be wondering why someone would consider concrete flooring. This is probably because you’re thinking that concrete flooring gives off an industrial feel to a place. Industrial interior designs are not at all bad, but not all places should be designed that way.
This article aims to convince you that you can achieve that glossy and classy finish even when using concrete flooring. Listed below are ways you can design your floors that would fit your own taste. It all comes down to the polishing, coating, and the paint.
- Make it resemble wood flooring
One of the most common flooring designs is wood. You can either use hardwood or put on laminates that resemble wood. However, what you didn’t know is that you can achieve that wood effect even on your concrete floors. The first thing you should do is to make offset joints similar to laminated flooring. Then apply a wood-toned stain over the whole floor. For best results, make sure that the stain is water-based so that it is easier to mix colors to achieve the shade you want.
- Create your own patterns
If you want to have a unique floor, then use concrete. The sky is the limit when it comes to the patterns you could put. All you have to do is use metal templates to create your own patterns. Think of it as having something to trace. Some people make floral designs or geometric designs. Really, you can let your imagination run wild.
- Make an illusion through 3-D floors
Have you ever encountered a hole in the floor that you tried to avoid just to realize that there wasn’t a hole at all? Well, that is an example of 3-D flooring. You can create anything – stairs, cracks, holes, etc. It is actually funny to see your friends and relatives get tricked by this 3-D illusion.
To make 3-D floorings on cement, first get a picture or a painting you want to copy. You can ask someone to sketch something for you. When you’ve chosen the design, use an overhead projector pointed towards the concrete. Trace the artwork on the floor and then apply dyes as colors.
- Go for an old-world design
Old-world denotes irregular patterns and different shades of stains on the floor. This design works well if the interior of your home is more conservative and has a lot of white and nude colors. An old-world design also adds to the elegance of a place since it gives a more nostalgic and vintage feeling.
- Go metallic
Metallic doesn’t mean that your concrete floor will be waxed until it shines. When you say metallic, it only means that the floor is more reflective of light. Like 3-D prints mentioned earlier, metallic floors can be designed to be 3-D. Some concrete contractor floors were designed to look like marble or slate flooring and this already gives you a much bigger idea of the other dyes and stains you could apply.