With the 2018 décor and interior design industry a flurry following the various trade shows and 2018 trend showcases, Sephaku Cement explores the latest trends and concrete inspiration to debut in South Africa’s most affluent homes.

From bathrooms to lounges, patios and free stranding decorative features and ornaments concrete trends continue to gain momentum with industry leading décor and design specialists.

To follow, behold our favourite household installations inspired by concrete trends and how these can take centre stage in South Africa’s most pristinely styled homes.

Concrete Bathrooms

From concrete tubs to flooring, walls and decorative water features, concrete offers a versatile solution when put to use in the bathroom, because of its love of water, concrete is hard wearing and weather resistant to steam, moisture, mildew and mould. Kept clean using appropriate care products and maintained with various annual applications, concrete can create a natural, stone like finish offering an effortless untreated look to various bathroom themes. We love the recent design ideas for concrete tubs that showcase angular, square shaped baths, oval and even round concrete tubs, as well as naturally marbled bench top counters and basins to match.

Concrete Lounge Decor

Pliable, easy to pour and the perfect material to manipulate into taking on decorative forms and features, from coffee tables to quaint benches or even decorative concrete walls, making use of concrete in your lounge can create the perfect contrast juxtaposed to the soft and welcoming sofa appeal, add a masculine angle to daybeds and loveseats or compliment the posture of armchairs and wingbacks.

Concrete Ornaments

Adding a creative flair to various DIY décor, you need not have much of an artistic command to create “home grown” décor and concrete ornaments with a bag of cement and water. From candle holders to planter’s pots or vases, using moulds to create the form, cement-based designs blended with wood, glass or even steel can result in unique decor, fire resistant and versatile in achieving a number of different looks and finishes in a variety of concrete ornaments. Almost the only limitation is your imagination.

Concrete Patios

A sturdy, solid building material widely used as an ideal flooring, walling, table top solution, concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in creating a striking patio and patio decor features. From concrete fire pits and fire circles, to patio paving, DIY braai installations and even basins, counter tops and benches surrounding your outdoor entertainment area, concrete compliments the aesthetics of wood, greenery and poolside views offering a modern finish that can be custom coloured to match your homes exterior and theme. Not only put to use in patios, decorative concrete pavers make for the most charming garden paths, walkways and garden landscaping, including cobbles and stepping stones, flower bed borders and ornaments.

Creating centre pieces, accents, functional installations and cost effective decorative structures, the use of concrete in leading 2018 trends is anything but dull, as its popularity and proven durability continues to grow, the design and décor industry including artists, sculptures and ceramists are turning to cement as their product of choice in creating some of the most striking works to debut on the concrete trend circuit.