In the US, concrete flooring isn’t as common as it ought to be. Even the most opulent residences throughout the world frequently use this type of flooring, despite the fact that it may be thought to be a little too stark, urban, and cold underfoot.
Undoubtedly, concrete floors have much more to offer than just industrial style. It can counteract extremely opulent materials to keep a design concept feeling modern and simple. Additionally, it exudes a genuine sense of richness. It is typically constructed without visible joining lines, making enormous open-plan spaces feel like a single space.
Are you still unsure whether concrete flooring is the best option for you? You’re bound to change the way you perceive concrete floors after seeing these 20 imaginative indoor concrete floor painting ideas.
Add Color To Bring Energy To A Concrete Floor
Have you ever considered installing colored concrete floors? This is typically accomplished by adding color to the mix before to pouring a new concrete floor or by employing concrete stains, which are pigments that penetrate and color an existing concrete floor.
A green concrete floor has been used to transform this typically urban aspect into a biophilic design element in this contemporary home created by Studio Kloek(opens in new tab).
According to Studio Kloek’s founder, Pieter Cloeckaert, the color is a subconscious nod to nature’s green hue of vegetation. It is artistically pleasing due to how effectively the dark green color blends with the ancient red brick color and the gold window frames.
The one flaw in particular with coloured concrete floors? They should be avoided outdoors and in locations that receive continuous exposure to unfiltered natural light because they are less UV stable.
Add Sophisticated Accents
This Studio DB kitchen has a more formal, professional air because to the metallic hardware, marble countertops, and backsplash. As a result, the concrete feels sleek and attractive rather than rough around the edges. Concrete can really appear rather lovely when combined with gold metals and warmer tones, despite the initial notion that it looks best when combined with silver and chilly tones.
Acid Stain Concrete Flooring
Acid staining is easy and provides you with a unique and reasonably priced new solid floor covering.
Embrace The Imperfections For A Wabi Sabi Style
As architect Oliver Leech(opens in new tab) explains, concrete flooring may not be the best choice for your home if you’re looking for perfection. He notes that because concrete is a porous substance, it will never be exactly the same and is easily marked by stains in addition to displaying the maker’s marks from the day it was poured and polished. The aesthetic is consequently less polished and references some wabi-sabi notions of impermanence and transience.
A concrete floor can be thought of as providing a natural patina to your home that adds its character and history, producing an on-trend modern rustic style. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that seeks to find beauty in the imperfect.
The concrete floor in this instance, which is covered in a light grey powder, counterbalances the warm textures of the kitchen. According to Oliver, “We selected a grey smooth matt floor to act as a neutral backdrop to the more rugged textured oak cabinetry, and the more tactile timber façade.”
Create Flow From Inside Out
Concrete is the ideal material for the ground level of a contemporary home with a backyard since it works well in both indoor and outdoor settings. The great room in this modern Robson Rak-designed home spills out into the backyard. This movement is ensured by the stream of the concrete floor, and it is further enhanced by the floor to ceiling glass walls and doors.
Screen Printed Art Paper Flooring
Screen printed art can give your concrete floor a brand-new appearance.
Make Concrete Floors An Eco Feature
In terms of sustainable living, architects and concrete have a delicate connection. Cement is a significant source of CO2 emissions, although it only makes up a small portion of concrete, and when utilized carefully, it can be a worthwhile trade-off in the long run compared to alternatives. Additionally, designers frequently incorporate concrete flooring into homes to help with heating, which lowers energy use.
When it comes to this contemporary home in Victoria, Australia, James Goodlet, director of Altereco Design(opens in new tab), says, “As designers, we are always looking for a passive solar possibility.” Despite being challenging to accomplish on this property (with a backyard that faces south), the opportunity did arise.
The capacity of concrete to absorb and spread heat is utilized in this architectural element. James notes that the courtyard between the old and new buildings allowed for the incorporation of 3 m tall north facing windows. The polished concrete slab, a thermal mass that absorbs heat and warms the interior space, receives direct sunshine that permeates the living area.
Allow the Floor to Anchor the Room
Concrete floors are incredibly sleek due to their smooth, polished appearance and texture. The concrete floors in this dining room, created by San Francisco designer Catherine Kwong, contribute to the room’s open, loft-like architecture. To further set the scene, the walls are painted with a chalky shine that reflects the raw materials and gritty appearance of the floors.
Paint Concrete to Look Like Brick
The time required to paint concrete to resemble brick is only a few hours.
Use Concrete As One Element Of Your Flooring
This project uses a polished concrete plinth under a contemporary fireplace that also serves as the flooring for the nearby stairs as another way to combine flooring types.
According to The Stylesmiths’ David Puckering, principal designer of this warm home, “with this project, the concrete plinth was existing and really extends to become a part of the stairs in the hallway, a unique architectural component that connects the doorway to the living space.”
This room demonstrates the adaptability of using polished concrete in a contemporary design with its colorful furnishings. According to David, “polished concrete is a wonderful, organic material that complements many design styles, so it was easy to integrate into this vibrant living room, countering the softness of plush furnishings and adding structure to partition the area.” Practical as well, it gave the new wood fireplace the ideal heat-resistant foundation.
Shine the Spotlight Elsewehere
Robson Rak’s kitchen design is very stunning. The most dramatic design features, such as the skylight and the contemporary arrangement of the kitchen island and counters, are complemented by the concrete floors without taking center stage.
Repaint Then Stencil Vinyl Flooring
In our previous home, this might have been a practical option.
Choose A Style With Exposed Aggregate
If you want a more decorative appearance for your concrete floor, there are various possibilities. Exposed aggregate floors provide a contemporary speckled appearance that is reminiscent of traditional terrazzo flooring. These floors have been ground down to show components that are floating in the concrete mix.
The advantages extend beyond aesthetics. If you’re concerned about how wear and tear may affect your concrete floor, this type of concrete will hide the less appealing flaws in its aging process, such as scratches and stains.
Cheer Things Up With Color
This space was modernized by Regan Baker Design with bright white walls and a comfortable reading corner. Bring in soft textiles, mix colorful prints, and don’t be afraid to use bright colors if polished concrete floors feel too stark.
Stained Ocean-esq Concrete Flooring
an eye-catching blue color scheme
Due to its color, this flooring would look best in a wet room or bathroom, much like the previous ocean-inspired design. Another beautiful instance of acid-stained concrete.
Mix Types Of Flooring For A Modern Home
Concrete floors can give the impression of being monolithic, seamless additions to a space that tie a floorplan together with a single surface. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Combining different floor kinds might help you zone a space differently or add unique design elements.
For instance, the exterior brick tile that enters the residence from the patio is met by a polished concrete floor in this area. According to Paul Porjazoski of BENT Architecture(opens in new tab), “the living areas are designed to be an extension of the garden,” and “tieing materials like brick pavement from outside to inside emphasizes this link.” The rest of the living areas in this one-story house have concrete floors as well.
Leanne Ford sees a dream hangout space where a typical person might see an empty closet in the den. Here is evidence that almost anything can be created from a concrete floor. If you don’t want to undertake a whole renovation project, create fake tiles by painting concrete.
Marble and Gold Patterned Concrete Flooring
The color palette of the inside is well-matched by the concrete flooring. The border of this flooring is accented with a delicate gold trim.
Choose A Darker Shade
Many homes using this material have mid-tone concrete flooring as the norm; this is a timeless design choice. But you may change the design language of your concrete simply changing the tone of your concrete.
A dark grey concrete floor in this Alvisi Kirimoto project(opens in new tab) has the texture you’d anticipate and moves the room away from the overtly industrial connotations of this material while embracing its modern features.
Make Sure There’s Plenty of Light
Particularly effective are concrete flooring in areas with lots of natural light. The multi-level windows in this open floor plan home by Studio Razavi brighten the area and give it an airy, light, and open atmosphere as opposed to a gloomy, humid basement, which is definitely not the best method to maximize the design possibilities of concrete flooring.