I have always loved concrete floors, it looks cool, interesting and on top of that is practical. Heard that if you choose concrete, you need to be aware and ok that it could turn out a bit different than what you perhaps have expected once finished. Have also heard there are ways to come close to your expected finished product by doing the right prep work…
I have been debating and comparing wood, big ceramic tiles and plain concrete floor for the main level. Pretty sure all 3 would look amazing but after some encouragement from the guy building our house + a new Instagram friend, concrete is now on top of my list.
Like all materials there are pros & cons. Lets start with the pros and why I love it:
- super durable, eco-friendly and is easy to maintain, don´t have to worry
about marks (from fancy high heels) or tear and wear from kids…
- a nice industrial look, great mix and contrast to all the wood and white. Also perhaps a bit unexpected for a summer house…which I like.
- if I ever wanted to change, I could easily just put a new floor on top of it.
- the cheapest of my 3 floor options
A few cons would be:
- its a hard surface, if you drop anything a glas for ex it will most likely break.
if you fall on it, it would hurt…so don´t fall and keep your glass in your hand!
- always a chance you can get some cracks but there are ways of preventing that.
- hard to walk on, obviously rugs help with that and I suppose you get used to it or we recommend crawling instead :)…
You can get the floor in various colors and textures. I am leaning towards a matte light gray color (similar to light natural above) with a smooth polished texture where the `small stones´ show as little as possible. I was inspired by my Instagram friend who apparently did 4 layers of polish. In terms of maintenance, all you have to do is seal or wax it every 3-6 months to protect it and make sure it looks nice and lasts for ever. Below a picture from my Insta friends floor (@funkiset) which I think looks super nice!
She also sent me these 4 images that show different looks from here floor. Its the same floor but some of it has to do with the lighting but in the 3rd pic from left, it shows a little area where they missed to get the stones down as much as in other areas. The pictures just confirm that it will vary a little but that is also what makes it so unique in my eyes.
Also love this color and look above…
We will have heated floors so hope it should help and make it feel warmer and cozy…
A huge fan of how they continued and took the concrete floor outdoors as well. Big wow!
The more I think about concrete floor and look at pictures, the more I am imagining it in our summer place. I am waiting for a quote from my builder but guessing it should be a cost save in comparison to a nice wood floor, at least thats what I have been told. Keeping my fingers crossed, cause sure know I need to save somewhere!!
So, tell me – do you like it as much as I do? If you have any tips or recommendations – always appreciate your input! Love reading your emails and comments.
Images from Pinterest, Skonahem. Special thanks to Instagram @funkiset for letting me use her pictures and sharing her experience with the concrete floor!