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  1. Interior design trends for 2017

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    After a great start to the year, we wanted to look at what the interior trends will be for 2017. We have looked at what others have said and added in our personal views. We are hoping for 2017 to be the year we really start to see concrete become popular in the domestic market.

    What’s in?

    Micro cement / Concrete

    Floor

    Giving a room a natural look, as well as benefits of levelling, cleanliness and protection. Not only a great look but also very good within high-traffic areas, meaning it is useful in courtyards, hallways and offices. We have seen an increase in the number of enquiries we have around micro-cement floors this year if you want to find out more click here.

    Walls

    Although concrete is in this year, double concrete isn’t, so its walls or floor I’m afraid. The benefits of wall concrete can include added insulation, cleanliness and the great modern natural looks. You can get this look for a relatively low price with ApplicArt as we specialise in producing various different finishes from our polished plaster, therefore, we can give you the concrete look with quick application and low cost.

    Furniture

    At the end of 2016 we started to see concrete looking garden furniture but already this year we are seeing this trend expand into concrete kitchen chairs, tables and lamp fittings. Lots are starting at a premium price marks with simple chairs being priced at around £400.

    Below are some of the examples we have seen so far.

    Various shades of grey

    Grey is the new black, it’s becoming the ‘in’ colour for every room in the house. The concrete look gives this a more natural edge. This is where ApplicArts polished plaster comes in, with various shades of grey we can incorporate into your home for that modern concrete look.

    Textures

    Whether its fabric on walls, or cork in an office, various textures are in this year. We love the look of cork on a wall and it also comes in handy when you need to stick up posters, notices or ornaments. Below you can see the example of an in-house office with Cork walls and concrete floor, this looks great together. We can create great looking concrete floors to compliment any room with our Easyfloor product.

    What’s no longer on trend?

    Geometric tiles, reclaimed wood and white on white kitchens are on their way out for 2017. Expect to see more raw types of textures and patterns coming in over the next 12 months a very exciting year for interior design.

    So what will you be doing in your house this year to make it look better, will you be including the more natural look? Adding micro cement flooring? Polished plaster? Contact us here to find out how we can help.

    Sources

    Trends – www.domain.com.au/advice

    Chair – www.pfeiferstudio.com

    Stand table – Pinterest.com

    Lamp – www.bloodandchampagne.com

  2. Easyfloor Micro Cement

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    As well as being experienced applicators of micro cement materials, applicArt are also the UK’s sole supplier and distributor of Easyfloor micro cement.

    What is it, where do I use it, and can I do it myself? Those questions will all be answered in the article.

    So what is Micro Cement?

    Micro cement is a cement based material that is used to seal and cover existing flooring, walls ceilings and other surfaces such as bar tops, work surfaces and tables. Its main benefits include the aesthetics, the longevity, variety of colours and its cleanliness.

    The aesthetics

     

    Micro cement is chosen by interior designers and architects from all over the world because it has the edge on other screed and cement due to its modern and stylish looks.

    Longevity

    Some of its main properties are the fact that it has a high resistance to abrasion (5 times higher than that of concrete), It is very resistant to weight, permanent footprints, friction, shock, high, anti-slip, temperatures, water, moisture and to ultraviolet.

    Lots of examples see micro cement being used in high traffic areas since it bears weight so well. It also copes very well against fluctuating heat and water. Perfect for Saunas and Steam rooms.

    Variety of colours

    Easy floor colour chart

    There are more than 1500 customised colours, and 50 standard colours available to choose from.

    Cleanliness

    No debris is created during the application meaning no cleaning to do at the start or end.  The application of the micro cement is a clean, quick process, one of the reasons people prefer it over normal cement or concrete.

    It is very easy to maintain and keep clean. The cleaning is a simple process, just a mix of mild soap and water will work best for cleaning the floor on a daily basis, in high traffic areas you can weekly use the Easyfloor cleaner product that will help with degreasing, leaving the floors clean and shiny. To ensure the micro cement’s long lasting qualities, every couple of months apply the EasyFloor Refresher product, this is a polish that should be applied once the floor is clean and dry, this specially formulated product is hand applied helping maintain the products high performance.

    Where can I use it?

    Micro cement can be used in various different places. It performs well in high traffic areas so can cope well in hallways and showrooms. Its weatherproofing means it is perfect for decorative courtyards, gardens and its aesthetics make it perfect for inside homes working well in feature rooms, kitchens and living rooms.

    In the past, we have seen micro cement used in a lot of different ways and it never seems to disappoint. It always looks modern and stylish. Here a few of our favourite examples over the last 12 months.

    Can I do it myself?

    The answer is YES! If you are interested in trying your hand at applicating micro cement yourself you can attend one of applicArt’s monthly training courses, where you will learn all about the prep work involved, using the right tools for the job and learn all about the different technical qualities throughout the EasyFloor range. You can read more about our training courses here.

    However, if you don’t want the hassle of it all and you just want a professional team to come in and lay your floor contact the applicArt team for a free quote……

    Overall micro cement is a stylish, inexpensive improvement on regular cement and concrete based screeds. To enquire about Micro Cement floors or to get some more information contact us now.