Stephanie Van Mechelen

Want to give your interior a makeover? Mortex and poured concrete are relatively new interior trends that have been gaining popularity over the past few years. This finish can be found on walls, floors and other interior elements.

What is the difference between Mortex and poured concrete?

Mortex is a decorative plaster on the basis of cement and lime for covering floors, walls, ceilings and even furniture. It gives spaces a robust, brutal and modern look.

Poured concrete, by contrast, is a robust material that is poured into a mould and hardened to create a strong, durable construction.

Mortex and poured concrete offer the same raw look, both are durable and watertight, and create a clean look in any interior.

Mortex and poured concrete versus wood: a match made in heaven

In 2023, poured concrete and Mortex are often combined with wood and natural shapes. In interior design, we see wood in wooden panels and dividing walls, panelling and objects. The preference is for light wood varieties due to their sleek and natural look.

A decorative screen or dividing wall as a great extra

An innovative newcomer is the Claustra or room divider: the phenomenon of wooden slats which screen off a
particular zone or visually divide an area, while allowing sufficient light and air to circulate. The original name comes from the covered galleries in monasteries so they might even offer a little divine inspiration!

A room divider is ideal for hiding or covering contemporary work areas, creating a warm look with the necessary privacy. The slats are usually made from a light wood variety and create a warm ‘cocoon’ and relaxed atmosphere. The use of natural materials ensures a sustainable and timeless look that is ideal for Art Déco interiors, among others. A perfect combination with Mortex or poured concrete!

Tip: With light wood varieties, concrete and black window, door and furniture fittings, offer the perfect accent for a modern and robust look. Sleek and understated models, such the Bauhaus models from Pure® (ph1920, ph1928, ph1930, ph1925+) or the PHXL (an extra large handle) are all available in Aged Iron (VO) to create an industrial look.

PMQ 96, PHL”L+L” and PML32 in Aged Iron (VO) are just a few examples which would give a wooden interior a genuine upgrade.

Bohemian chic in the mix

In 2023, we will also see the return of natural materials such as dried flowers, rattan, webbing and bamboo, as found in Bohemian interiors. In combination with Mortex or poured concrete, these offer a surprisingly appealing result.

Tip: The Giara range also includes shapes inspired by nature. The ‘branch’ and ‘stone’ are perfect for the organic trend that brings the outdoor life indoors. The traditional casting method and finish make every piece unique, with a somewhat rougher texture. The fittings also develop a beautiful patina over time. A great idea all round!

Project ‘Mon Désir’: a pearl in the Ardenne forests

Photographer and designer Serge Anton turned an old family home into a stunning, timeless interior. Materials such as poured concrete, wood, terracotta and bronze provide the perfect mix between authentic and modern.

Serge chose the Dauby furniture handle PMT Ruw Brons (RB 128 mm) for the kitchen. This model is our own design, from the Pure® line, inspired by the ‘Chemin de Fer’ model, but in a sleek version.

The unique design makes the handle appear to float on the feet. It is also available as a furniture knob.

The PFL-30 rough bronze (RB) furniture knobs were used in the bathroom. This model is also one of our own Pure® designs. This form looks a little like a whistle and adds a fanciful yet sleek touch to the furniture.

Want to know more about our authentic interior fittings? Contact us, without obligation, for further information or come and see the collections in our showroom.

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