Will architectural concrete be right for the bathroom?

Bathroom designs using architectural concrete are becoming more and more popular. It is a tough material, significantly more lightweight than traditional composite and, furthermore, its surface can be covered with any kind of pattern or remain smooth. If it is used in a bathroom, then it is often coated with additional impregnants limiting humidity absorption. Furthermore, architectural concrete can have various colours, though mild shades of grey are the most common colours in this case.
Architectural concrete usually ends up on walls in the form of slabs in various sizes – from bigger, large-format ones to small panels. Of course, this is not its only form, as it can be made into countertops, linings, windowsills or washbasins as well.
It is commonly assumed that architectural concrete is used exclusively in toned and minimalist interiors, but it is not entirely true. Of course, it is usually used in modern designs, however one should remember that, with proper additives or materials (wood, glass, textiles) and good lighting, any space can be made warmer, including the bathroom. It is, however, a pretty difficult material design-wise and because of that if you are planning to use it in your home, you should really request the help of a professional interior architect. Otherwise, there is a risk that the bathroom you use architectural concrete in ends up looking austere and too sterile.


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