Today, concrete is seen as an industrial material. However, concrete has been used in architecture all throughout history. Because of the material's durability and usefulness, concrete designs can be found throughout the world in dazzling cuts and structures. Try one of these five uses of concrete to add a historical flair to your home.
1. Rome. The ancient Romans were renowned for their use of concrete. Their famous arches and columns still stand today after hundreds of years. A Roman-inspired archway is strong and will make any room feel classic. Try a concrete arch instead of a wooden frame over windows or doors inside your home to add texture and style. Outside, white, concrete columns are a beautiful addition to a garden.
2. Japan. Ofuros, which are Japanese soaking tubs, have become a trendy bathroom project. These are used for relaxation rather than cleaning. A rectangular ofuro made of concrete is very sturdy and can be fitted with heating coils to enhance the soaking experience. Though ofuros are part of a long tradition in Japan, they also add a modern, artful touch to any bathroom.
3. England. For a project inspired by medieval England, imagine a fireplace in a castle. Concrete was, and still is, an excellent material for building hearths because it is fireproof. For a medieval-style hearth, use concrete blocks in a natural color and texture. If you'd prefer a newer look, go with a smoother and more symmetrical cut.
4. Spain. You can practically hear the guitars strumming when you see Spanish roof tiles. These curved tiles were traditionally made of terra cotta for Spanish missions and can be found in many hot, dry regions. However, for harsher Canadian weather, concrete is far more durable. It can easily be stained to achieve the orange terra cotta color. Spanish tiles can be used for your whole home or just for a patio roofing, giving your backyard a Mediterranean flair.
5. Persia. Persian art is famous for its intricate geometric patterns. Mosaic tiles have been used in the region since prehistoric times and are found everywhere in the Middle East. Though the tiles were traditionally ceramic, concrete tiles are more practical for household decorating because they are less likely to crack under pressure. Tiles cut in star or flower patterns give artistry to bathroom and kitchen floors. Larger cuts can be used to pave walkways outside, as well.
Any of these projects can be achieved with the proper concrete cutting tools. All you have to do is flip the pages of a history book and let the inspiration flow.
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