The Latest Decoration Trends: Micro-cement
Over the past few years, micro-cement has been becoming increasingly popular in the world of interior design. However, it hasn’t yet reached its peak. Decoration and interior design experts predict that micro-cement is set to reach the height of its popularity in the coming years.
Strong, versatile and full of character. These are just some of micro-cement’s great qualities. Obviously, everything is a matter of taste, and there are some who still don’t understand micro-cement’s popularity.
In today’s article, we’ll talk about the micro-cement trend that’s sweeping the world of decor, as well as its advantages and how to use it.
Micro-cement is a blank canvas, upon which you can unleash your creativity.
What is micro-cement?
Micro-cement is a construction material which, thanks to its strength, character, versatility and low cost, has gained great popularity in the world of interior design.
It is a cladding material composed of a mixture of polymers combined with color pigments.
This makes it the ideal material for covering (almost) any surface: concrete, slate, paving stones, metal, marble, plastic, cement…
One of its most notable characteristics is how easily it can adhere to almost any surface.
Plus, it’s not just designed for floors. It’s becoming more and more common to see walls lined with micro-cement.
Another of its greatest qualities is that it is full of character and goes well with contemporary, modern and minimalist styles.
More importantly, when combined with more traditional elements like wood and glass, or with natural fibers like wicker or rattan, it offers a perfect sense of balance.
Micro-cement has so many advantages, but we particularly want to highlight the following:
- Firstly, as we’ve already mentioned, this is a versatile material which can be used for walls, as well as floors. It creates a unique look which can give a room so much character. Plus, because it is made up of one continuous layer rather than individual tiles, it’s easy to clean and maintain.
- Secondly, it’s impermeable, washable and non-slippery, making it perfectly safe.
- Another advantage is that it’s easy to apply. With a thickness of 2-3 mm, it won’t put any strain on the structure of your home. Plus, you don’t even need to remove the existing base layer before you apply your micro-cement.
Where to use micro-cement
Because it’s so easy to apply, it can be used to line both floors and walls.
It will give your rooms an industrial feel. However, you need to be careful to combine it with the right accessories. Otherwise, you risk creating a cold, unwelcoming atmosphere.
For example, in the world of decoration, micro-cement goes really well with tropical styles. This is thanks to the contrast between the cement and the bright greens, yellows, and pinks.
The bathroom is one of the most common rooms in which to see micro-cement.
This is because its impermeability means that it will prevent your bathroom from becoming damp.
Alternatives to micro-cement
As we’ve already mentioned, this style isn’t for everyone. It can create the impression that the room is somehow unfinished. As a result, many people feel that micro-cement makes a home feel more like a construction site.
For those who don’t see micro-cement as a good option for their homes, there are some alternatives which, while they do have a similar effect, aren’t exactly the same.
- Polished cement tiles: the advantage of having tiles is that they are easier to change and replace.
- Faux-ceramic tiles: these are more expensive than micro-cement, but if you’re unsure about how to decorate, they are a good option for you. It’s always easier to replace a tile than an entire floor covered with micro-cement.
- Cement-look laminate flooring: it may not look entirely realistic, but it still has that industrial feel. Plus it will create a warmer floor.
Thanks to its many advantages, micro-cement is gaining more and more fans in the world of interior decor.
This is an innovative material, which offers endless possibilities when it comes to decorating.
Plus, despite its crude, unfinished look, it will give your room and natural and organic feel.
What’s more, the single, smooth surface and lack of joins is a huge advantage, especially when it comes to cleaning.
The downside of not having tiles is that if you decide to replace your flooring, it will require a lot of work. However, because micro-cement is such a strong, hard-wearing material, it will last for years.