Textures and Design Elements with Concrete Part 1

Not many materials offer the versatility that concrete can when it comes to color, texture, style and appearance.  Concrete literally takes on just about any texture you cast it against and can be altered to match almost any color.  Each project typically has its own set of forms built specifically for that casting, so tailoring the forms and molds is all in a days work for us.  We find ourselves matching and/or developing new textures and finish techniques that will create unique looks for clients all over the country.  Once we figure out a process to capture a specific look and finish, we add that to our repertoire and can then offer that as another custom finish for a future clients.  Although the concrete itself rarely changes, other than keeping up with the latest reinforcement and mix designs, the process is always evolving into something new.  This is what is so refreshing about concrete products.  They are always keeping up with trends and in most cases starting them.  In the images below you will see how we have explored taking the textures of beautiful wood grain and incorporating them into a concrete sink.  We have been playing with wood grain for years on our foundation panels, but we never really took the texture into house hold products.  We prefer to create concrete that looks like concrete.  So when incorporating a wood grain texture into a piece, there is a very thin line you can walk before it takes on the appearance of wood rather than just the texture.  Think about it like this, we would not cast concrete in some alligator green color just because we were using an alligator skin texture to achieve interest in the piece.  Our goal is to draw from wood grain’s beautiful characteristics, but keep it away from the obvious and cliche stampings of stained concrete wood grain.  With respect to the product being concrete, we chose the grain only for the edge profiles and cast it in a cool gray color.

wood grain sink

wood grain sink by Trueform Concrete

wood grain sink

wood grain sink by Trueform Concrete

The next specialty finish we have been playing with is a two toned color detail.  This technique is cast all at one time and is not a topical dye or stain.  The colors are actually mixed separate and cast into the piece in a specific order and at a specific time.  Although we only have a few photos showing two tone color details there is no limit to how many colors can be added to this technique.  This is a great way to incorporate a fun line design and second supporting color to a piece.  Clients pull colors from wall and cabinet paint, floor tile, and even backsplash like the below photo shows.  In the photo of the countertop with the waterfall leg, we cast the design directly into the waterfall leg using a tone that was matched to a color in the countertop backsplash tile.  In the case of the Chili Pepper Concrete Sink, the designer chose a specific red color for the pepper and a seperate gray color for the countertop.  Trueform Concrete is always evolving their processes to create refreshing concrete products for designers and architects.

concrete waterfall leg

concrete waterfall leg or drop down leg

Concrete table with color detail

Concrete table with color detail

pepper sink

This is a concrete pepper sink

 

 

 

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