Trend Alert: Polished Concrete Floors

Updated 01/27/16

When it comes to floors, sometimes less is more. That’s what we love about polished concrete: It has a simple and stripped-down appeal that makes a big impact. Its smooth, polished surface provides just the right amount of shine to brighten up what once was a cold, industrial raw material. We like to think of it as a clean slate for your style, whether it be minimal, modern, or just plain chic!

Scroll for seven rooms with sleek and stylish polished concrete floors.

Brooke Holm

Shades of textural neutrals off the polished concrete floor in this room create a soothing vibe with happy, just-right pops of colour. As the sunshine creeps in, it’s almost as if the concrete is cooling the room off.

Freedom Madras Round Rug $399
West Elm Brooklyn Upholstered Sofa $2399
Norm Architects

A polished concrete floor can be the perfect way to soften the contrast in a black-and-white room.  Who needs all 50 shades of grey when you’ve found the perfect one?

Kartell Super Impossible Chair $404
Tara Pearce

This minimal kitchen maximises polished concrete impact on both floors and countertops, with white cabinets in between to keep the room feeling clean and bright. The leather stool adds a warm, well-worn touch to the room.

Milan Direct Infinity Leather Bar Stool Wood and Metal $390
Kmart Round Acacia Wood Paddle Board $10
Norm Architects

Darker polished concrete creates depth off shiny metals, like the brass in this bathroom design. Because who doesn’t love to feel clean and smooth in the shower?

Photo by Ben Hosking , design by Techne Architecture + Interior Design

In this loft, tans, taupes, and browns are the perfect colour complement to polished concrete floors, adding warmth to an industrial setting.

Freedom Dahlia 3 Seat Sofa in Austria Shell $2299 $1699
Chris Patey for MyDomaine

A vintage rugs pops on a polished concrete floor, allowing the deep neutral backdrop to frame its colour, pattern, and fringe.

Brittany Ambridge for The New York Times

Sometimes it’s all about simplicity. Cool, smooth surfaces set the stage for relaxation with decorative art and a splash of greenery.

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