Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens


Feature Walls: Concrete and Clay

Sophie Hitchens Sunday 12th June 2022

Using concrete or clay walls is an increasingly popular trend in interior design. When partnered with carefully chosen furnishings, the outcome is a perfect combination of modern chic and earthy elegance. With this in mind, a growing number of our Light Locations boast feature walls based on these materials. And as a result, they create a different and enticing prospect for photo shoot backdrops.

Find out more about using concrete and clay. And view our pick of locations boasting these gorgeous features.

Feature Walls: Concrete

For a long time, concrete provided a solid foundation for many homes. As a durable and affordable option, it was a practical building solution beneath the plasterboards and wallpaper. However, in recent years, concrete has crept into the limelight as a stylish design element worthy of its place as a focal point in interior design.

Concrete offers an industrial appeal, dripping with sleek modernism, but without the hard aesthetic you might expect. Combined with clever choices, such as warm exposed brick, textured wood or natural furnishings, today’s designs offer sublime results.


Feature Walls: Clay

On the other hand, clay has been successfully used in interiors across the globe for some time. Specifically, designers have long realised the calming appeal of this breathable alternative to painted or papered walls. And alongside concrete, clay is now increasingly popular in the UK interior design world.


Our Pick of Locations with Clay or Concrete Features 

Let’s look at some of our favourite locations choosing to utilise clay or concrete in their interior designs. Understandably, the owners and designers of these gorgeous properties have fallen so deeply for these versatile materials you’ll also find they’ve used them for floors, ceilings and accessories.

Shoreham Beach House

Warmth and depth of character are on show at this modern, newly built beachside property. The kitchen, in particular, provides a beautiful rich backdrop that stylishly combines with the lighter coloured concrete worktops and floors.

Clay House

A sense of calm and elegance is felt in every corner of this stunning Victorian terrace in North London, thanks to the clever and innovative use of clay. And a minimalist approach to design combined with a selection of naturally inspired furnishings provides an interior with endless photoshoot opportunities.

The Marline

Wood and concrete work together in heavenly harmony at this timber-clad home in Shoreham. For example, in the main living room, you’ll find cool concrete floors providing balance to the distinctive wooden walls and ceilings. And in other areas of the property, dark bare concrete or lighter, more gentle concrete offer their own individual character.

The Elms

This impressive grand design uses a soft concrete and clay texture, partnered with the natural warmth of wood to create a masterpiece in modern interior design. For example, bare grey walls offer a calm, surprisingly warm atmosphere, and refreshing concrete floors complement a stunning wooden kitchen. And we can’t mention The Elms without drawing attention to its striking concrete staircase. Its impressive design combines sensual curves, beautiful wood and smooth textures to dazzling effect.

London Fields

This renovated and remodelled Victorian terrace is a triumph in blending modern and unusual textures and materials. In the kitchen, eye-catching marble worktops shelves and splashbacks work in creative partnership with wooden doors and drawers. And the strikingly angular concrete staircase creates an unexpected and effective addition.

Discover More

Find more examples of interior designs that capture the versatility of concrete at our Light Locations and plenty of additional inspiration using clay or concrete over on Pinterest. Or, for a different choice of walls, floors and other interior characteristics, browse through all of our feature categories.

Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens