Cemcrete highlights five cement wall coating trends for 2016.
Trends generally relate to specific times and define a generation. Architecturally speaking, they create moods for the industry and determine how personal spaces may influence daily lifestyles. It is often tricky to distinguish between a trend and a fad, which initially look very similar, but a trend is something that will give direction while a fad is just a craze.
Cemcrete highlights five cement wall coating trends that are steering designs for 2016:
1. Opening up the space
Gone are the days when every room had a door and four walls. Instead of traditional rooms, there are now implied spaces and rooms are visually connected to make a home feel larger. The interior spaces connect to each other without obstructions, dictating minimalistic interior design.
Cement wall finishes work perfectly in open spaces as the same finish can be used throughout the entire area and there are no joint lines that hinder the visual flow in an open design.
2. Blurring inside and outside
What used to be a clear defined line between the inside and outside is now also blurred. Rooms blend into the outdoors without a solid distinction. Homeowners typically see the exterior to be just as important as the interior living spaces. Cemcrete offers a range of wall finishes that can be used for both interior and exterior areas.
3. Expressing artistic taste
More designers are discovering that decorative cement is anything but a cookie-cutter. It is the perfect material for anyone who wants to express some artisan flair, whether through colour, pattern, shape or special inlays.
Cemcrete finishes are hand-applied and what adds to the unique aspect of the product, is that each hand has its own technique and character. Although the product may be the same, the movement of the trowel, the mixing ratio, the temperature of the day and the style of the contractor will all add to the individual sense of the final finish.
4. Being environmentally conscious
Sustainability and energy conservation are no longer niche concerns, but factor prominently in the design decisions of many clients. Cemcrete has long publicised the sustainability of cement finishes as one of its greatest attributes. Using natural materials, it is long-lasting and can be recycled and repurposed – all the characteristics today’s specifiers look for when choosing materials. What’s more, cement wall coatings have an organic look and feel that appeal to the environmentally conscious.
5. Weighing up performance vs cost
Traditionally, the initial cost of products has driven finishing decisions first and foremost, but this scenario has begun to change – moving towards considering lifecycle performance to allow the specification of higher quality wall finishing systems.
According to Cemcrete, lifecycle performance should be given the most emphasis when choosing a finish, especially in environments that have to deal with the burdens of maintenance and durability.
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