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Quiz Time! Polished Concrete Floors: Real or Effect?

We already have a School of Tile and now it’s time to put you to the test and see whether you can tell your polished concrete floor from concrete effect tiles.

We’ve previously discussed the comparable factors of polished concrete versus concrete tiles, informing you of the benefits and pitfalls of both sides, and we concluded that concrete effect tiles came out top, all things considered.

Why not take what you have learned from our concrete flooring guide (or brush up on a little revision first to really nail our test) then take the quiz and see how you do?


How to tell the difference between Polished Concrete and Concrete Effect Tiles?

Whether you aced the test or struggled more than you expected, we’ve put together a brief checklist for spotting the difference between real and fake concrete flooring.

The following questions should be asked when assessing real or fake concrete:

  • What’s the cost?
    Real polished concrete flooring will set you back a bit so having money to spare is essential.
  • What resource is needed to install?
    Polished concrete will require expertise and patience as it takes more thought and timing to apply
  • How much weight can the building take?
    Concrete is a hefty material by nature so adding it to a standard house just might not be feasible
  • Is underfloor heating a necessity?
    Concrete floors take a little more effort to fit underfloor heating, requiring ‘wet’ systems of embedded pipes
  • How seamless is the fit?
    Tiles will always have a join and whilst our selection of concrete effect tiles are as seamless as can be, there is always a slight tell in the joining to differentiate from poured concrete

Styling a Concrete Floor

Previously taboo, polished concrete is fast coming into its own as a top décor choice for many homes. Whether having the resource available for real or faking it with stylish floor tiles, there are a few key ways which concrete floors can be fashioned.

Modern Minimal

Modern Minimal

Think Ikea colour schemes but much more chic and higher-end. The polish of the concrete gives depth and texture, which adds a luxury appeal quite in the way marble can but with much less maintenance.

For a minimal approach, white hued concrete tiles or flooring adhere perfectly, completed with pale hued walls to suit. The furniture will be the focal point of this design, allowing space for a statement sofa to take centre stage. Vivid artwork and contemporary metal furniture completes the minimal aesthetic, creating a forward-thinking space to reflect creative personas.

Rustic Charm

Rustic Charm

Concrete may typically convey connotations of industrial environments, but this can be cleverly challenged with rustic counterbalancing. Think modern country cottage, merging classic period features alongside current trend fixtures and features.

Cream and beige shade concrete floors complement an exposed brick wall adorned with wooden beams for the ultimate rural setting. Introduce tan wooden counters and stools to complete this aesthetic and add a few personalised accessories and plants to really make it feel like home.

Neutral Nuances

Neutral Nuances

Mid to darker shades of concrete should be decorated with care so as not to overwhelm your room. Mid-grey tones of concrete bode well for bathroom design as white bathroom suites stand out against design, creating a flattering scene.

Matching walls and floors can be created within this style, with concrete effect tiles allowing the simplistic installation fit for a bathroom. Adding pops of colour in the form of shelves and display accessories will bring unique identity to the design, a reflection of its inhabitants.

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