In the spirit of the concrete poet Tadao Ando may well again be the entire building of exposed concrete. However, this already places very high demands on the planning, because the formwork of the walls, ceilings and stairs must follow an exact grid and be precisely worked. The once poured concrete forgives nothing. The interior design must therefore be planned before the start of construction.
Although they are removed after completion and the holes are closed, but they remain visible. This creates the typical round pits in a regular grid.
But also later you can get the concrete look into the interior. For example, there are various types of mineral wall plaster, such as lime plaster, lime marble and cement plaster, also known by names such as microcement, concrete Ciré (cement-based fine plaster) or brand names such as Terrastone.
These plasters can be applied by experts in such a way that the typical concrete texture arises and even deceptively genuine "formwork joints" are to be seen.
Also gray lime plaster offers itself. The purely mineral building material has been used for centuries. It even filters pollutants from the air, creating a healthy living environment. Lime plaster is mainly for Living and sleeping areas suitable - also for allergy sufferers.
To achieve concrete look in bathroom, kitchen and shower, stone filler is recommended. On suitable product is Terrastone with aggregates of natural materials such as alabaster, marble, lime and white cement. Natural resins make stone putty elastic, firm and breathable. The material also tolerates moisture fluctuations.
Stone putty is available in many variants, coarse-grained, fine-grained or with mica. The putty can be applied as plaster, even over old tiles and wallpaper.
In the bathroom and kitchen water-repellent stone spatula should be used. In this bath "Terralime" of Terrawerk was used.
More like a putty marble resembles marble putty, also known as "Venetian spatula" and "Stucco Veneziano". The material consists of finely ground marble, alabaster gypsum and high lime content. Depending on which marble flour is contained in the plaster, the finished surface looks like real marble. The surface can be matt, semi-gloss or even high gloss. However, it is also possible to create a fine concrete look.
Marble plaster is suitable for living rooms and bathrooms because the surface is easy to clean and washable. The gray tone is freely selectable.
A cleaning technique developed some 15 years ago in France is concrete Ciré - literally translated "waxed concrete". It is made of real concrete mixed with synthetic resin. This fine plaster is available in many colors; it can be applied to walls, floors and even furniture. After drying looks Concrete Ciré not just like real concrete - it feels that way too. The surface is, depending on the sanding and sealing, from matt to silky glossy.
Because the material waterproof, it is perfect for shower and bath. And: Concrete Ciré can even be applied to old tiles. A great way to renovate bathrooms and kitchens.
As demand grows, manufacturers become creative. Meanwhile, there is even flexible rolling concrete. This "concrete wallpaper" made of mineral stone flour is one to five millimeters thin. The flexible material is offered as a roll product, for example from Stones Like Stones (in the picture) or stoneplex (including slate meal).
Rolling concrete is glued with special adhesives and can be cut exactly. The handling and processing of such a concrete wallpaper is similar to a fiberglass wallpaper.
These Houzz visits show the whole variety of exposed concrete
Imi-Beton looks and feels like concrete. In fact, it is a patented composite material consisting of a flexible mineral putty with natural marble components on an MDF support plate.
Such composite panels are much lighter than concrete and thus ideal for furniture, countertops or complete wall coverings. There are also product variants for outdoor use. Imi-Beton is also available with imitation board formwork, smooth formwork or vintage look.
In addition, high-quality photo wallpapers such as the "Concrete Wallpaper" by Piet Boon (NLXL) are very effective - at first glance hardly distinguishable from concrete. These wallpapers are suitable for all living areas except bathroom and kitchen.
Manufacturers like Wall & However, for wet areas Decó offer waterproof vinyl wallpapers with deceptively real photo motifs and partly plastic surfaces (for example "Concrete Moiré" and "Cicadea"). These are cut to the appropriate wall size, in such a way that the photorealistic concrete figure runs seamlessly over the entire wall - without any repeat and pattern repetition. So you can even wallpaper the shower.
In this example, the ceiling was designed by a painter. In the tradition of painterly material imitations, the concrete look is achieved through a special glazing technique, that is, through pure application of paint.
Important: wall or ceiling must be optimally prepared. The surface should be sanded smooth, leveled and primed before the actual glaze is applied.
Good illusionists and muralists can conjure a really deceptively concrete concrete wall and even represent the round indentations of the formwork spacers. Sometimes a decoration painter even has to the desired finish put on a real, but not so perfect, fair-faced concrete wall - something like that happens ...
What do you think of exposed concrete in the interior? Have you already gained experience with one of our alternatives?
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