New and Exciting Concrete Design Trends in 2012

Take a look at any concrete-design project and you will see growing evidence of concrete’s newly acquired respect as a decorating element in patios, floors, entryways, countertops, pool decks and other applications. Like high fashion, decorative concrete combines classic looks with the haute couture.  Kelowna Concrete has set the decorative possibilities with concrete giving it a remarkable uplift.

Concrete that Glows in the Dark

Glow In Dark Concrete

Install some glow-in-the-dark concrete, and see how concrete can cast a reflective glow at night or when lights are turned off. New photoluminescent coatings allow you to light up your concrete by absorbing ultraviolet rays from the sun during daylight hours, thereby, casting a reflective glow at night. Like a bright glow, it looks more like the moon is out and shining.

Metallic Coatings

Metallic coatings can add a unique vibrancy and visual appeal to your project. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light is reflected off of the metallic flakes. The finished look is a smooth, glass-like finish that has a unique and subtle sparkle. Whole new alchemy is available for adding beauty to your floors — metallic coatings that allow you to replicate the look of copper, silver, aged bronze, nickel, and other metals. There are endless creative techniques that can be used to create a style that you can call your own.

Blend it up

Mixing and matching multiple materials to achieve a different look is the latest trend observed for outdoor patios, walkways and other pavements. The concept is to achieve textural contrast and interest.

Mold into any shape

It’s no longer in to be in a fixed shape when it comes to decorative concrete. Concrete is versatile and can be molded to have soft, graceful curves and warm, soothing color tones. For a look that’s bold and contemporary, designers can cast concrete into interesting geometric shapes and color it an array of bright, vivid hues. People are beginning to take full advantage of concrete’s ability to be molded into any shape, from geometric to curvilinear.

Impersonate other material

Concrete has the ability to impersonate other materials, such as brick, natural stone, wood, marble, and slate. What’s more, you get all the advantages of concrete but often at a lower cost than the material it is imitating.

Who knows what the trends will be for 2012, but decorative concrete promises one thing: It will never go out of style.

If you’re looking to update your home or office, call the experts at Kelowna Concrete. Our design team will work with you to develop a style and design that is perfect for you.

Call Kelowna Concrete – 250-448-6366

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