Tag Archive: concrete

  1. Getting the Summer Look

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    As the clocks go forward and the days get longer we like to look ahead and see what we can do in and around our houses to make them fit for summer. We have some great examples of how our products have been used in both exterior and interior areas to get you excited for the summer months

    A very popular product we have is Micro Concrete, this is due to the aesthetic appeal and versatility. Its strong feel means it can be used in high traffic areas like corridors and courtyards.

    As you can see in the example above it is being used as an entrance to a building, this shows its long-lasting durability. Micro Concrete is one of our natural looking products fitting well in outdoor areas and contrasting indoor themes.

    Another one of our ‘Micro’ range is Micro Stone, it comes in many colours and is suitable to use on floors, walls, worktops and wet areas. This is again a very versatile product and as you can see above has been used to create this stunning ‘floating’ staircase.

    Sticking to the natural theme, another one of our products that can be used both internally and externally is Marmorino Venezia Beton. This product is based on Marmorino plaster used centuries ago in palaces and villas. We offer a modern version of this which uses the ancient formulas alongside modern technologies. As you can see this is another one of our products that gives the ‘concrete look’ that can look great both indoor and outdoor.

    On the other side of the spectrum we have DeCòrten Rust, this product gives off the rusted look. DeCòrten is a metallic paint that gives off the unique finish and again can be used in both interior and exterior areas. In the past, we have seen this product used on signs, worktops, doors and more.

    If you want to find out more about any of the products mentioned visit our product page here. If you want to inquire about how we can help you achieve any of the looks above, you can get in touch on our contact page.

  2. New year, new home! 6 ways to improve your interiors for 2018

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    We are always looking into new ways to stay on top of trends and there is no better way to start the year by looking at what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’. We have looked at some of the industry’s biggest publications to see what everyone is talking about and how we can give you the desired looks.

     

     

    Textures

    Using different textures throughout a room will be a trend to pick up this year, whether this is in your furniture or the finishes you have on walls/floors. We can create many different textures with our polished plaster from a satin smooth to a grained concrete style. Both warm and cold colours together can add to this decorative effect.

     

     

    Concrete and terracotta

    A trend we also saw in 2017 was bringing the outdoors inside. Concrete furniture like stools, benches and tables give off a great industrial look. Both terracotta and concrete have a soft colour look and will stand out in a room without a bold colour or big centrepiece. Worktops and furniture can be completed with applicArts Micro Cement or Marmorino Naturale application.

     

     

    Clash in colours

    “We’re going to see a lot of clashing colours in 2018, There will be reds and greens, but also some mustards and blacks to bring it down a bit so it’s not too crazy.” Said MADE.com designer Ali Edwards. Clashing colours when done right look amazing and this can be done by conflicting against a natural looking wall or floor. Bright and bold artwork and furniture against a soft shell polished plaster wall will also help you achieve this look.

     

     

    Mixed material kitchens

    Going out of trend this year is all white kitchens, this will upset a lot of people as it is a very popular style. Everything is starting to look the same. In comes mixed materials, these can be spread across worktops, flooring, cabinets, walls and furniture. Even though different materials are being used it gives a more pulled together look and a homelier feel. So, step out of your comfort zone and give a concrete worktop a try or think about how textured wall would look in your home.

     

     

    Faux industrial

    Industrial is still in fashion, yet more of it needs to be authentic this year. This includes reclaimed furniture and industrial materials. Looking around on sites like eBay and Gumtree to find reclaimed items for the home will help with this look. Again, on the industrial materials, giving off the concrete look on flooring will help bring it all together

     

     

    Modern colour pallet

    2018 looks like the year of sage, it’s back in fashion and pushing out beige and magnolia. Any colour is possible with our huge range of product. After a short look through our products page, you will see the endless possibilities with polished plaster and micro-cement.

    Overall a lot of popular themes and items are going out this year but are being replaced with arguably more homely and better-looking alternatives. Do you like any of the styles above? Drop us a message on our contact page to see how we can help you out this year.

  3. How to get the grey concrete look

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    The latest trend in interior design for 2017 is getting the ‘Concrete look’. Not only because of the way it looks but also the fact that it can be used in many different areas of a house or building. At applicArt we have seen a huge increase in enquiries from people wanting the ‘Concrete look’ so we thought we would put this blog together to give you some more information on how you can imitate the look with the added extras of versatility and cleanliness.

    This is where we introduce you to Marmorino plaster, specifically for the concrete look, Marmorino Venezia Beton. Venezia Beton is a mixture of particular selected marble powders mixed with other mineral ingredients, lime & various additives. It was employed centuries ago to create important villas & palaces. Today it has been re-proposed by applicArt in a modern version which uses ancient formulas and is made with modern technologies.

    In the above image, we have applied the Marmorino Venezia Beton, as you can see from the image this finish has a slight texture, enhancing the real concrete look. Also in the image, you can see some DeCorten Rust columns, paired together with the Marmorino Venezia Beton we think this gives a real industrial look.

    These formulas and technologies mean Marmorino plasters look incredible. They can be made to look both natural and modern. Waxing can give off a marbleised shine and other techniques can make it rough like concrete.

    As well as being great to look at Marmorino is also the most versatile of the Italian plasters, making it easy to apply on various surfaces, while still giving off the amazing concrete look.

    In the images below we have applied Marmorino Venezia Pasta Media, this has been applied to a counter/till work surface to create the concrete look, however unlike the Marmorino Venezia Beton, this polished plaster finish has a smooth texture and has a slight shine to it.

     

    The versatility and the range of styles mean Marmorino plaster is great for both interior and exterior options. Its waterproofing and antibacterial qualities help with this.

    Marmorino is one of our most popular styles of polished plaster and you can see some of the latest work we have done across all areas and styles below.

     

    So what makes Marmorino better than other options?

    The short answer is the durability and versatility, it can be used in more places than other options and is especially good in wet areas like exteriors, bathrooms and pool areas. The marble in Marmorino also enables the plaster to be polished and waxed to create a shine look in various different colours.

     

    ApplicArt offers Marmorino plaster in various different textures and colours across 6 individual styles: Venezia Travertino, Venezia, Venezia Beton, Naturale, Pasta Media and Tintoretto. Each style is different and can be used in addition with one another. You can get a more in-depth look at each style by clicking one of the names above.

  4. 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