Incorporating Concrete Into a Mixed-Media Design


Mixed-media design can vary in look and style. In general terms, mixed-media design tends to refer to a work of visual art or an installation that combines more than one medium to create a final piece. Whether your project is an abstract piece for an installation exhibit or a functional piece of home décor, incorporating concrete into your mixed-media design can add a modern, trendy flair.

The sky is the limit when brainstorming how to incorporate a mixed-media concrete design on your next project. If you are looking to be inspired or need an extra push to help your creativity flow, we’ve got some project ideas for you.


Concrete countertops

As more residential and commercial spaces look to create a modern, minimalist atmosphere, the popularity of concrete countertops grows. Concrete countertops can create a sleek and modern design. But if your goal is to create a countertop that is both functional and visually appealing, you can easily mix in media like confetti glass and stone. Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix or Sakrete 5000 Plus can be used to create a pre-cast or cast-in-place countertop. After your concrete countertop sets, polish and stain your countertop to reveal the mixed-media installation created.


Fireplace facades

Whether it is made of brick, concrete, stone veneer or tile, a fireplace can become the statement piece of a room. By starting with a smooth, modern concrete façade and incorporating elements such as a reclaimed wooden mantel or brick pavers for the hearth, you can elevate the installation to a mixed-media design. Depending on your materials, you can bring a warm, comforting feel with deep browns using Sakrete Cement Color Additive or navigate to a natural feel with gray and taupe stone work using Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar.

If you do use Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar mix to create a natural, rustic look, make sure you only use it on the outside and not in or around the firebox. We suggest using a fire rated mortar around the fire box. Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix offers the strength needed to create a durable fireplace design.


Garden stepping stones

Garden stepping stones are a great project for anyone who is just beginning to design with concrete, and the project can be advanced by using varying materials, sizes and designs. Creating a decorative mosaic design with recycled glass impressed in Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix and Sakrete Bonder & Fortifier is a common mixed-media design for garden stepping stones. Incorporating stones into the piece can create a more natural look. Depending on your desired outcome, you can create precise geometric patterns or more organic, random designs with your material of choice.

Incorporating concrete into a mixed-media design is a versatile way to experiment with design and function. From indoor home installations to outdoor recreational spaces, you can accomplish the design you desire.

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