How to use building materials in living spaces

Both inspired by their surroundings and open to the Earth, our homes are increasingly blurring the lines between inside and outside. So much so that the material also invites itself where we did not expect it! Previously reserved for foundations and facades, lime, concrete or even cement thus making a remarkable inroad into our living spaces.

Concrete, a star in its raw state

If concrete has long been used in the construction sectorit is the architects and interior designers who have put it in the spotlight in recent years by revealing its potential asset design.

Rather than hiding this artificial construction material under various layers of coatings to make its presence invisible, it has become the undisputed star of the raw decor ! Available in all rooms, it has the ability to transform any surface for a decidedly contemporary visual effect.

The wash concrete especially allows to unite the floors of you stay in an attic and building site spirit that fits perfectly with a simple and authentic decoration in metal or light wood to warm up its naturally cold appearance. Thanks to the concrete effect wall paint and decorative coatings, you can also add relief to your partitions with a few strokes of the trowel!

Thanks to the concrete effect wall paint and decorative coatings, you can add relief to your partitions in a few strokes of the trowel
Thanks to concrete-effect wall paint and decorative plasters, you can add relief to your partitions in a few strokes of the trowel – iStock

Without limitation, this material is also found more and more in our own furniture, in the form of tables, benches, pots, lights or worktops.

Lime warms the atmosphere

Traditionally used in mediterranean houses, lime also has a place of choice in our interior decoration. It is mainly used to cover the walls, indeed it has more than one benefit!

His first followers were lovers of color and relief as this material makes it possible to produce decorative coverings in a multitude of shades, from the warmest to the most neutral. Splitter, wide brush or trowel also allow you to obtain different versions, coverage, nuanced or even with a cloud effect, according to your desires. It’s all about technique!

Material comes to light
Material is exposed – iStock

Although less common, lime is also available as a floor covering, in the form of colored slabs laid indoors and outdoors. Finally, be aware that apart from its incomparable aesthetics, this material is resistant to mold and bacteriamaking it an ally of choice to prevent humidity problems in the home!

Cement, more glamorous than you think

Also associated with the building sector, cement first won the hearts of homes by entering through the back door… or rather through the tile. We are of course referring to the famous cement tiles!

Carried by the charm of the ancient and craftsmanship, this mixture of marble, pigments, sand and water has recently made a comeback to the kitchen and the bathroom. Graphic and colorful, these tiles go anywhere with taste.

However, the raw materials trend has given cement the opportunity to go further and strip itself completely bare. From flower pots to pens, through garden steps or even door wedges, a multitude of decorative objects from trade or manufacture DIY (do it yourself) now emphasize this mixture of limestone, clay and sand.

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