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Industrial Inspo

Concrete accessories were big in 2017. We loved how this raw material could be used to add an element of sophisticated texture to an interior. 2018 sees concrete become an even bigger part of the home, with small accessories traded up to larger design pieces. It’s official – industrial chic is here to stay!

We spoke to Medina Grillo, award-winning blogger of Grillo Designs, and she gave us the following advice in regard to adding concrete to the home:

“Concrete, which a few years back was only really ever used for industrial applications, is starting to make huge progressions in the interior design world. It is a very versatile and eco-friendly material, which used in the right way, can achieve a beautiful and modern aesthetic within the home.

 As a DIY and upcycling enthusiast, I love the idea of using this fairly cheap (and recycled) material for large scale home projects, e.g. exposed walls, floors, furniture and countertops – there’s just something about its texture that is so pleasing to the eye!”

 We couldn’t agree more!

In the kitchen, team concrete worktops with crisp white tiling, navy blue and an accent metal to add style and substance. However, take the following advice from Medina if you’re opting for this style: “If you’re using concrete for countertops, be aware of the different sealants and their effect on the texture of the raw material.”


Source: Alexandra Crafton / Houzz

“Some might argue that concrete design installations can sometimes create a cold and harsh environment, however that’s not always the case. Concrete floors can be softened with throws, rugs, plants and other layers of soft furnishings, and of course there is always the option to stencil or paint to create further depth and interest.  Use earthy and neutral tones to compliment concrete’s grey hues.” Grillo Designs.

We absolutely love this concrete floor and glam rose gold wall combination! The addition of fairy lights and flirty, feminine accessories is the perfect way to add a chic touch to this industrial trend.

rose gold

Source: Coco Lapine Design

If monochrome is more your thing, adding design-led lighting is a great way of softening an industrial interior. Team on-trend, hanging bulbs with comfortable seating and statement art pieces to create your own contemporary haven.


Source: Vintage Industrial Style

Let’s be honest, it’s January, and solid concrete can be an expensive addition to the home. However, if you shop around, you can find some amazing faux concrete wallpaper that will create the industrial look that you’re after, without breaking the bank!


Source: Your 4 Walls


Source: Murals Wallpaper

Pastels are the perfect way to add a feminine touch to a raw backdrop. Set our Caruso sofa in Echo Rose Quartz, or our Tom Foolery sofa in Duck Egg House Brushed Cotton against a bold concrete wall to create the perfect interior contrast.


Tom Foolery

If you’ve introduced concrete into your interior, let us know by tagging @sofaworkshop on Instagram!







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