Concrete look for a stylish bathroom

Bathroom in concrete look: How versatile and stylish gray can be

This material is trendy and is already considered a classic. For good reason: A changeable building material, it can take on any shape. With skillful surface treatment and carefully selected accessories, you can create a flair of luxury and avantgarde. Let our stylish interior design ideas inspire you!

Gray tiling, wooden flooring, stainless steel shelf, white bath tub
The many faces of gray, harmonious and versatile at the same time. Especially original: the combination with wooden floor and stainless steel accessories.

Contemporary comfort in the bathroom meets the rough look

Wall finishes made of exposed plaster create a spacious look, even in small bathrooms. The natural sheen of cement is visually unobtrusive and harmonizes well with modern design. Glistening metal technology for bathroom comfort is particularly effective when staged in an elegantly rustic setting. Handcrafted accessories reinforce the visual charm of the authentic finishes. A coarsely woven carpet against seamless concrete, for instance, creates a natural accent. And brick masonry contrasts beautifully with high-quality faucets and fine bathroom textiles.  

The delight of rough finishes and contrast

In addition to concrete and brickwork, this bathroom trend also uses recycled materials or materials with a ‘used’ look. This design gives rooms an unexpectedly sensuous atmosphere. Many design fans find the raw charm of lofts mesmerizing.
When an uncomplicated solution with a vintage look is in demand, wall decors provide unique visual effects. For example, innovative photo wallpapers with a concrete look (or inspired by rough materials) are now also available for the bathroom. Wood-look tiles, evoking a patina, are highly popular. In this way, the you can change the atmosphere of your bathroom in a trend-conscious way without major outlay.

Exposed concrete in the shower

Exposed concrete throughout gives the shower and bathroom a spacious loft feel. The rough concrete look contrasts charmingly with chrome and glass.

Shower area with surfaces made of exposed concrete.

The inspiring version of gray in gray

Combination of elements: stainless steel faucets, white bath tub
This combination of the seamless light wall with the dark tones of the bath tub base and the brushed stainless steel of the faucets looks especially elegant.

Most people think of gray as a mixture of black and white. But in fact, artists mix their grays from complementary colors. Combinations of red and green or blue and orange provide vibrant grays with a depth that is as appealing as it is warm.

Decided on this design? These elements will play a decisive role in your look:

  • Sink and bath tub
  • Matching furniture 
  • Gray as dominant color

Sink and bath tub in concrete look

Concrete is a flexible material that you can have molded to your exact wishes: You can have your architect design a sink and a bath tub exactly to your specifications. Specialized manufacturers then make these designs a reality. The design develops an immediate presence that conveys clear objectivity and, thus, tranquility. 

In addition, leading manufacturers offer modern sanitation objects made of this building material. However, they are very heavy and may overstrain the room statics. For this reason, it is also possible to buy sinks and bath tubs separately. 

Matching furniture 

You can go for either contrast or tone-on-tone when it comes to furnishings. Exposed concrete appears in a variety of gray shades. From a distance, they present a uniform hue that reveals only its dynamism upon closer inspection. Brushed stainless steel perfectly complements the look, as brushing creates a deep yet uniform surface. 

On the other hand, gray blends perfectly with every other color, letting you create a visual exclamation point with one or more furniture pieces in your favorite color. The surprise effect of bright colors on a gray background requires some courage, but can be a great breath of fresh air.

Gray as dominant color

We associate the saying ‘gray and drab’ with gloomy, rainy days. Yet shades of gray can gently fascinate the mind. With gray as the dominant color, you can express the stimulating tension of storm clouds, as well as the calming mood of twilight.

Gray's effect depends on the context: Combined with red and dark tones, you can create a dramatic effect. Together with white, light shades of gray and pastel colors bring the gentle phases of a sunrise or sunset into your bathroom. A combination with wood emphasizes the connection with nature.

The trendy rustic look

This is how natural hues make authentic materials irresistible

A perfect duo: High-tech gloss on a natural surface

Modern bathroom faucets put in a memorable appearance against elegantly rustic finishes. Natural, often irregular materials for the wall and floor set the stage for linear and geometric design and underscore the value of these items of jewelry for the bathroom. Minimalist design with precise edges enters into an intriguing dialog with hand-crafted finishes and those with conscious traces of use. The high-contrast look, conveying differences of feel at the same time, appeals not least to individualists. Combining made easy: Ranges for a comprehensive solution create an unfussy design in the bathroom. Because the faucets and showers speak the same design language, they contribute to a harmonious overall picture.

The perfect building material for an impressive design

Concrete look on the wall, black faucets and window frames
This wall can be combined with all colors. Here, the black faucets create a visual counterpoint that is repeated in the black window frame.

Concrete is a building material that comes from nature. It consists largely of sand and pebbles. These elements determine the material’s appearance, which can vary greatly depending on the composition. 

A small amount of cement and water combine these stony elements into a mass that can be poured into any mold. Cement sees limestone, clay, and sometimes quartz sand heated to 1,450 degrees Celsius. The resulting powder reacts with water and hardens. 

Design coupled with craftsmanship

Skillful design and craftsmanship make it a building material that embodies timeless elegance and luxury. The reason: The processing of the surface really sets off the look. Grinding or sandblasting can greatly alter the appearance of the material. Stocking can give the hardened concrete a special character. In this technique used by stonemasons, special stock hammers can be used to create a matte surface with a striking structure. 

Excellent properties as a building material

Concrete is ideal, a durable material that can be used in so many ways. The robust building material protects against moisture and insulates heat and noise. In the bathroom, the pores of the surface are polished and sealed, making it dirt-resistant. Depending on the processing, it can also resemble natural marble. 

However, it is very heavy and is therefore only suitable in statically robust properties. This means that using real concrete in old buildings can pose a problem. In this case, building materials with a concrete look, like ceramic tiles, mineral plasters, and even wallpaper are a suitable alternative. So-called ‘beton ciré,’ or polished concrete, a filler made of synthetic resin, sand, and cement, can also replace the real thing.

Renaissance in the 19th century

Even the ancient Romans knew the advantages of concrete. They used the building material, which they called “opus caementicium,” for aqueducts, bridges, and port buildings. Concrete faded into obscurity with the fall of the Roman Empire, but experienced a 19-century renaissance that began in England when two masons on the Isle of Portland burned cement in 1824. Within a few decades, the ‘gray gold’ had conquered the modern world. 

Concrete look: Feel-good factor with design appeal

The material’s versatility is what makes it so popular. With the right interior design and expert finish, it exudes a sense of luxury. It can be combined with any colors and material, providing aesthetic pleasure for every taste.

Frequently asked questions about bathrooms in concrete look

Can I get a sink and bath tub designed in concrete?

Yes, it can be cast into any shape. Specialized manufacturers can make your ideas a reality.

Are there sanitation objects ready to buy?

Yes, leading manufacturers offer concrete objects.

What are the properties of concrete?

It’s the ideal building material for bathrooms, because it protects against moisture while also insulating against heat and noise.

How can I combine concrete?

This building material can be combined in a wide variety of ways. The combination with brushed stainless steel looks particularly elegant. Strong colors set a visual signal.

Why is a concrete look in the bathroom considered a sign of luxury?

Craftsmanship like sanding, sandblasting, or stocking the surface, make it a surface that exudes a sense of luxury.
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