Concrete is a favourite Raw Comfort product. Lasting forever, it is a versatile and sophisticated product that is incredibly trendy for home decor. With beautiful texture and endless possibilities, concrete decor acts as a wonderful neutral grounding for any style.

Be brave and give these simple DIY ideas a a try. If you need some guidance or inspiration be sure to visit the Raw Workshop in Collaboration with World of Decorative Concrete (WODC) at Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo from 24 – 26 May at Sun Arena, Time Square.

Shelving

Concrete shelves may seem a bit out of the ordinary but they look beautiful and are sturdy enough to hold you favourite trinkets. Whether you opt for floating shelves, detailed metal brackets or use the concrete for brackets to compliment your wooden shelf, concrete’s neutral colour and sturdy nature makes for an eye-catching shelving alternative to wood.

Vases and planters

Whether you get crafty and make them yourself or buy them, vases and planters are a subtle way to incorporate concrete in your home. Add a pop of colour or metallic with paint or highlight your style with different geometric shapes. Concrete planters that incorporate wood in framework or fine detail also provide a beautiful contrast. The natural strength and durability of concrete makes it ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

Concrete tables

The variety of concrete tables is endless. Solid cubes, cylinders or box shapes that provide extra storage are popular options for concrete side tables. You may also want to consider going for a mixture of materials such as concrete tops and wooden or steel legs. Side tables are a great way to introduce concrete furniture into your home.

Lamps

A single Edison bulb set in a square or geometric concrete base is a perfect combination of industrial and vintage. This style of lamp is also easy to make yourself. There is a range of concrete incorporating styles to choose from. Go for a concrete base, concrete detailing or concrete lamp shades, it’s up to you. Lamps that combine concrete, metal and wood add an eclectic, sophisticated and modern touch to any room.

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For more inspiration and a chance to learn about the wonders of concrete visit the Raw Workshop at the Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo.