The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of 2018’s biggest design trends, it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to maintain. Need we say more?

Just to be safe, we will. Concrete just might be your most eco-friendly flooring option. If there’s already a concrete slab in your home or apartment, all you need to do is have it sanded and sealed. You need only minimal additional materials, meaning your impact on the environment is tiny. What’s more, concrete lasts a long time — we’re talking centuries. That’s why so many homes use it as the base for their flooring. If you want durable, chic flooring that’s easy to keep up, look no further than concrete floors. Here are a few examples of how to nail the slab-as-flooring trend.

Concrete floors for airiness

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Give your bathroom a spacious, spa-like feel with smooth concrete floors.

It might seem counterintuitive to lean on such a heavy material to add lightness to a space. But concrete lends an ethereal feel. Its color and texture is low-key lunar, and its smooth surface helps any room feel open. This works beautifully in a bathroom where you want to instill a zen, spa-like atmosphere. It’s also great for offices and dining rooms that need to feel spacious even when filled with people.

The versatility of concrete

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Concrete doesn’t always have to be gray! 

If you think concrete is boring, think again. Thanks to stains, stamps and colors, concrete flooring can be just about anything you want it to be. Maybe you want to stamp leaf patterns into your entryway to lean into the nature vibe. Maybe you want to stain your floors with high gloss for extra sleekness. Or maybe you want to add a visually interesting accent, like the one pictured above. Gray concrete slabs are just the beginning.

An easy-to-clean flooring solution

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If you struggle to keep your house feeling clean, concrete could help.

Keeping your home’s high traffic areas in top shape is a never-ending chore. Do you feel like you’re always chasing behind someone with a broom? You might want to consider concrete floors. The natural gray color of concrete is an ideal dust-masker, plus the smooth surface tricks the eye into thinking it’s clean. Or, if there’s a specific color of grime that has you pulling out your hair, consider a concrete stain. The brown-hued stain on the concrete in the above picture is perfect for hiding tracks from dirty shoes.

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