Concrete-Effect Bathrooms

Recreate a polished concrete bathroom or wet room with a natural resin alternative

Polished Concrete Alternatives...

One of the most common requests we get from residential and commercial clients alike, is whether we are able to create a polished concrete finish using our resin floors and wall coverings. We have developed a specific colour collection to emulate the gentle movement of grey pigment found in polished concrete and our wall finishes are equally able to recreate this effect.

 

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Concrete effect bathroom
Concrete effect bathroom

Floors vs Walls

Sphere8 are able to install both poured floors and hand-applied walls, and both materials work in different ways to create a concrete bathroom effect. Our wall finishes are trowelled by hand, which creates movement in the final surface. This texture is reminiscent of concrete and creates a subtle variation in colour. When applied in one of our cool greys this recreates a polished concrete bathroom wall. Our floors are universally flat and smooth, but the movement in colour comes from the dual-pigment build-up that is available in any colour. Our collection of Metals are most reminiscent of polished concrete - whether it's a pale Carbon Steel or a darker Zinc, Pewter or Graphite.

 

Although our floors and our wall finishes are different textures, they work perfectly together to create a seamless concrete-effect finish. The smooth poured resin floors contrast with the rougher texture of the walls, but the colours can be carefully selected so as to be almost identical. If you would like to have them the same colour please discuss with your sales consultant, who can advise on this.

We offer over 100 wall colours, including everything from taupe to turquoise. For creating a concrete-effect bathroom we specifically recommend one of our Cool Greys or even a couple of the Dusty Blues range - cool, neutral, but strong enough to create an impact in even the smallest of spaces. These fluctuate in different lights and can come out as remarkably earthy or light and cool depending on each different space.

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Dramatic Effect

Alternatively, one of the great advantages of resin over concrete is the huge variety in colours and the increased choice you have. A lot of our clients take advantage of this by contrasting a dark floor with a lighter wall (or vice versa) whilst maintaining the impression of a concrete-clad bathroom. 

By using resin rather than actual concrete, you also have the option of creating a "concrete-effect" bathroom that is still warm and comfortable. We offer a range of Natural greys in our flooring range that are specifically designed to create a warmer interior space. Flint, Agate and Slate are still strong grey shades but they include green or even purple-undertones that stop them from being too cold or blue in north-facing spaces, and create a more natural effect. 

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Concrete effect bathroom walls in resin
Concrete effect bathroom in resin

Practical Benefits

Aside from the aesthetic and creative possibilites allowed by a poured resin, there are countless practical advantages to this material over concrete.

  1. More elastic and therefore durable - our natural biopolymers have a natural elasticity, particularly compared to the hard and brittle nature of concrete. This means it's less likely to crack due to subfloor movement or wear and tear.
  2. Softer and more comfortable - this elasticity also makes resin more comfortable to live with than concrete. Soft and comfortable underfoot in any room of the house.
  3. Warm underfoot - concrete is a very unforgiving material and very cold underfoot. In the British climate it's unsuitable without under-floor heating (particularly in the bathroom where you are nearly always bare foot!). By comparsion, resin is warm and ambient and can be used with or without under-floor heating!
  4. Lighter and thinner - for upstairs bathrooms, it's worth bearing in mind that resin is just 3mm thick compared to 10mm of concrete - a lighter and thinner flooring solution.
  5. More environmentally-friendly - Sphere8 resins are made from the castor bean, a sustainable and environmentally-friendly crop, unlike concrete which is one of the least "green" products on the market!

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Terrazzo Effect

Concrete comes in many guises, and for some that means a terrazzo finish. Concrete terrazzo has pieces of stone or aggregate laid in a concrete floor - making it stronger and giving it a dappled appearance. This is also possible with resin, and at Sphere8 we have developed a range of terrazzo resin finishes that echo this concrete effect. Equally suitable in bathrooms as it is in any other space, this creates a luxurious but natural impression and our BrecciaSphere range is available in one of eight carefully curated colours or in a bespoke blend!

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Terrazzo concrete effect resin for bathroom
Polished concrete effect resin floors

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If you'd like to discuss concrete effect walls and floors in your bathroom please don't hesitate to contact one of the team. You can arrange a visit to our showroom where you can view our wall finishes and flooring colours for yourself!

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