4 Ways to Incorporate Concrete in the Bathroom
From floors to countertops, there are myriad ways to add this cool industrial material to your master bath.
No longer reserved for industrial or ultra-contemporary homes and additions, concrete is seducing more of us by the day and convincing us to put this hard-working material to use inside and outside the home. Kitchens have been showing off concrete in smart and sophisticated ways for some time, but bathrooms are quickly catching up—and it’s hard not to be impressed with the results. These inspiring bathrooms will help you decide how far to go with concrete: will you use just a little or a lot?
1. On the Countertop
A concrete vanity countertop is all a bathroom needs to rise to the top of the style stakes no matter what the design of your bathroom. This bathroom manages to mix traditional (the mirrors), with contemporary (vanity, faucets and flooring) and industrial (countertop), and does so with confidence. The takeaway? Don’t be a slave to a particular style.
2. On the Walls
Just as wood-look tiles are becoming more popular, so are tiles that give you the look of concrete. They come pre-sealed and are as simple as other tiles to install. You can go for tiles with a raw, prefabricated effect or something smooth and contemporary.
3. On the Floor
If you have polished concrete floors in much of the rest of your house, extending the same material into your bathroom can make for a seamless effect. Concrete floors are easy to clean, and when there are no cabinets sitting on the floor, as in this bathroom, running a mop over it is a breeze.
4. With a Little Colour
If all this grey, white and wood has you thinking concrete isn’t really you, think again. There’s no need to limit yourself to this common palette if bright splashes of colour are more your thing.
Concrete wall tiles, three-quarters of an inch thick, give this bathroom its raw edge, but adjustable mood lighting can add colour or warmth for times when it feels stark or cold.