Admittedly, when you think about concrete, feng shui and chic interior decorating may not come to mind. The truth however is that this material is the finish of choice for many of the world’s most prestigious architects and structures. Not only does it lead to a very beautiful finish, it is eco-friendly, since it leverages existing materials. It reflects light—like glass. It’s waterproof, and requires little maintenance beyond sweeping and mopping with water. It’s vastly preferred over many alternatives, such as expensive wooden flooring and institutional vinyl tile. And, concrete can even be used to make some intriguing furniture pieces. Explore these suprising concrete ideas for your office.

1) Concrete Floors

Concrete floors are considered a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering. It is something to consider when building or modernizing towards a more green solution. Polished concrete floors are low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options. Its relatively high coefficient of friction can make it non-slippery. Polished Concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems, and does not support mould growth. Anecdotal evidence suggests highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting, but as of yet there has not been a study to confirm this. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber and mopping with warm soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required.

2) Concrete Countertops

Concrete is a material that can be molded into limitless styles and shapes and thus is perfect for designing counters. Concrete counters can be made with integrated sinks and other features and they can be dyed or stained in any color, like this bright red or metallic blue. And, with special sealing techniques, it’s easy to maintain.

3) Concrete Walls

If you find an industrial, sturdy-look appealing, concrete act as a relaxed, neutral backdrop for very stylish homes.

4) Concrete Stone
Concrete can be poured into molds and take on any shape and texture.

5) Concrete Patio Designs

Using concrete in your backyard facilitiates more exciting ways than your usual slab. Check out this “puzzle piece” inspired design.

6) Concrete Furntiure

Whether a modern table or eccentric chair, furntiure made out of polished concrete blocks can really be shaped into any form, with a humorous twist or a classic design.

7) Cement Tiles

Unlike ceramic tiles, which are usually glazed and fired, decorative cement tiles are made by first pouring a mixture of cement and color pigment into separate compartments in a metal mold. They add a playful or sopshicated feel to any home or office.