Product(s) Used:CW101/ Natural Grey
Emily Williams, her husband and two teenage children recently moved into their new family home in Rugby, Warwickshire. The 1980’s house was in a dire state, but already experienced in renovating past homes they were up for the challenge of putting their own interior design stamp on the property.
First step in the process was a rear extension, creating a large open plan kitchen and family space, along with a complete facelift for the living room.
The couple have a keen eye for design and spent time poring over interior design magazines to get inspiration for their own project. Looking to create corresponding feature walls in the downstairs living spaces, but reluctant to do this with wallpaper or tiling, they homed in on the idea of using concrete.
Emily explained, “We originally researched polished concrete but were left unconvinced it would give the look we wanted, and the installation would prove complex and expensive. I then saw an advertisement for Concreate in Grand Designs Magazine. I’d never heard of the product before but it certainly looked like the wall panels could be the perfect solution.”
Having read more about Concreate on the website and watching an installation video featuring the wall panels, she ordered samples and was put in contact with their local Concreate retailer Whilton Locks in Daventry.
“I liked the look of the samples received, and the video convinced us installation would be pretty straight forward, so with a slight leap of faith we went ahead and ordered the Concreate wall panels, and are delighted we did.”
Natural Grey wall panels have been used in both the kitchen extension and lounge, an intended design feature to provide continuity throughout the downstairs spaces.
“Once we placed the order with Whilton Locks delivery was really quick, and our carpenter who was working on the renovation completed the installation without any problems. I was slightly nervous about using the concrete panels as a splashback around the sink but it has produced absolutely no issue. In fact all the walls have been completely effortless to maintain.”
With the feature walls in place the addition of contrasting accessories and furnishings has really set the concrete off. Hot pink in the kitchen, along with a beautiful mix of rose and silver metal in the dining area contrast perfectly with the urban concrete texture, and a combination of pastels and black in the lounge share the colour palette with the grey of the concrete.
“We absolutely love the finished look. It has natural warmth both in touch and appearance, and the texture created by the natural patina in the concrete top surface provides a much more homely feel than poured concrete.
“Everybody who visits makes a beeline to touch the walls and comments how great it looks. We’re delighted we discovered Concreate and were able to create the feature walls we wanted with such an easy and fantastic looking product.”