How to use concrete blocks in your home decor

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It is not new that building and gardening materials are used creatively in decoration, but lately this feature is gaining more and more prominence. The most interesting thing is that before these low-budget materials were used temporarily until furniture could finally be purchased, today they are part of the decoration as a permanent project, especially when used creatively.

Concrete blocks are the most used to fulfill this function well. Their various sizes and models available on the market offer a brutalism air to the composition, as well as versatility and practicality when assembling, as they can easily become a coffee table, a nightstand, a stylish rack or a bookcase. . The only job you’ll have is to define what format and size is suitable for your project, because otherwise, it’s just a matter of treating or painting it, and fixing one piece to another with a specific product. And that, even those who think themselves incapable of performing manual work can do it!

How to use blocks

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If the idea is to use concrete blocks in their natural color, it is necessary to make a simple treatment with each piece, applying a layer of water repellent. This ensures that the blocks will not crumble over time. If you want to paint them, this treatment step can be skipped, just choose a common wall paint and preservation will be guaranteed.
To fix one piece to another or in other types of materials with more delicacy, such as wood, for example, use a high-adhesion multitier. There is a specific product on the market for this purpose called “Multifix – Fixa sem Nail”, a glue with high adhesion power that guarantees fast fixation without dirt.

Check out the most diverse ways to use concrete blocks in your decor in the list of images below:

1. Stand for bookshelves

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / VIRGINIA MAZUREK ZEQUINÃO

This bookcase with two different heights between its shelves was assembled with a single concrete block model. The difference is that the higher part has two blocks stacked on top of each other, and the lower part only one piece.

2. The ideal place to snuggle your little plants

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CAPI

You can take advantage of the gaps in each block to include decorative objects to your liking. In this image, the resident took advantage of the plant shelf to include new small vases in each niche.

3. A desk with the face of sustainability

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / AUGUSTO FERREIRA

To ensure the durability of the parts used for the construction of your furniture, use some products that offer sealing to the material, both for concrete blocks and for slats and wooden boards.

4. Stools for afternoon tea

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ANDRESSA PRISCILA

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this delicate corner, built with low-budget materials. The concrete stools were specially painted and small futons fixed with string.

5. You can paint them in the color you prefer

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / BÁRBARA VARGAS

The paint used to color the blocks is the same used to paint the wall. So it’s up to personal taste to choose the color and type of finish you want to have in the production of the piece. In this image, the color used for the bookcase was matte black.

6. … but in its natural color it’s also pretty cool

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In this project, the furniture was installed all over the wall, ensuring the feeling of spaciousness of the space, and also serving as a support for decorative objects. The key is to include pieces that match the resident’s personality.

7. The perfect pot to grow a small garden

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With just a little soil and a few seeds, it is possible to build a super organized vegetable garden in one or several blocks. And if you want to go even further in decorating, don’t forget to apply a coat of paint in your favorite color.

8. Decorating in a simple way

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And speaking of decorating with colors, the rectangular blocks used to decorate this little green corner were painted with two harmonious colors, forming some geometric figures when arranged side by side.

9. That centerpiece you respect

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Stacking a few blocks side by side can provide a result as surprising as it is versatile. Here they were placed in the center of the room, and the wooden tables placed beside the large piece of concrete gave a modern touch to the decor.

10. The succulents house

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For each square block of concrete painted black, a different succulent has been planted, and the smallest species can be given white gravel stones all around the edge to make the surface more beautiful.

11. Rustic and cozy

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In this environment, the simplicity and coziness did not detract from the charm of the decoration: the extensive countertop received 3 base points with square blocks, and various objects and plants were spread throughout the furniture. The round mirror gave that neat finishing touch, like an icing on the cake.

12. A long sideboard for the studio

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You will be able to find several different models of block, which can be chosen according to the proposal you want. Unusual pieces make any project stand out, especially those that make the bricks more evident.

13. Wall entirely made of bricks

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The hollow brick wall gained a different effect with the pieces installed side by side with a slight vertical inclination. Bushes and trees added along its entire length ensured an even more refined result.

14. A practical way to store shoes

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DANIELA DANTAS

Note that, even with the use of simple and rustic materials, the composition of this small piece of furniture was very simple and delicate. For a better finish, ensure that the wood and blocks are properly treated.

15. Concrete + wood

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The best friend of a piece of furniture made with concrete blocks, without a doubt, is wood. Regardless of the tone in which the material is chosen, the marriage between them will have a very functional and harmonious result.

16. Sideboard x bar

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Realize that it is possible to make a piece of furniture with concrete blocks even for those who are not very skilled in manual work. In this image, the resident had only a pile of pieces placed close to the wall.

17. Rudimentary decoration for the garden party

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / SAM ZANDI DESIGNS

The dry plants added to all the cracks in the block set brought more delicacy to the black-painted pieces, as well as the candles accommodated in each niche.

18. Creating creative partitions

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / MARCELLE LANGARO

To give this brutalist effect to the decor, you won’t spend more than $2.40 per unit of cinder block. An inexpensive solution that will guarantee a lot of personality and a huge savings… the kind everyone likes: in your pocket!

19. Industrial pen holder

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / KIRAN NAGRAJ

To make this super cool pen holder, the cinder block was made a little different from the common bricks we usually find. A specific shape was used to obtain the desired shape for each fitting and part size.

20. The sobriety of the furniture is guaranteed

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The neutral tone of the cinder blocks allows you to have a more discreet decoration, if you wish, and also gives you the freedom to include more colors with decorative objects and other paraphernalia in the composition.

21. Base for porch seats

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These benches for the external area of ​​the house were built with wooden beams sanded, painted and fitted into the niches of each block arranged on the sides. For added comfort, custom-made cushions have been included as seats.

22. Perfect highlight for the little plants

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO VLADI RAPAPORT

This totally different idea was executed to give more emphasis to the plant, using direct light: the vase was installed inside the concrete block, giving a nice contrast between the two materials, and a luminaire commonly used in gardens was installed next to the base.

23. The office became much more stripped down and functional

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Before executing your project, it is important to choose the ideal block type that will support the weight of your structure, plus what it will have on top. Some parts may be too fragile to support a television, for example.

24. Simple features that offer modernity

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Using such material in decoration may even seem like an improvised and temporary solution, but when the project is well executed, the effect can be reversed. See in this example that the blocks used to make the wall were the same ones deployed in the room’s rack, which gave a super modern and youthful effect to the furniture.

25. Vertical garden

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO VENTANA

Outdoor areas are the places where concrete blocks are most used, mainly for the creation of vertical gardens or vegetable gardens. The interlocking pieces make the composition more creative, and the gaps should be used to plant your favorite species.

26. Bricks and pots in one wall

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This could be more of a common concrete wall if it weren’t for the addition of some potted pieces with gaps for plants. Is there a more functional way to include plants in the outdoor area?

27. How to create a sofa for the outdoor area without spending too much?

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Gather some rectangular blocks and fasten them together. Add some futons and pillows and you’re done! Don’t forget to seal each part well to ensure its durability. There is no easier tutorial than this one!

28. A corner full of personality

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This small bar shows how much this type of production can have the structure the executor wants without any work. With only four blocks, a low table was set up and its surface was made up of a varnished wooden board.

29. Closet support bench

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In addition to supporting the weight very well, the blocks also serve as a glove to store some shoes. Choose a very beautiful wood to serve as a seat, and preferably, they are reinforced.

30. A nightstand with multiple functions

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This piece of furniture in the image served not only as a nightstand, but also as a support for a lamp, magazine rack and books, and even received some small plants in its space and surface. Wasn’t it cute?

31. Taking advantage of every crack in the blocks

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If the idea is to place a bench made of blocks and tapestry in an open environment, such as in a garden, backyard and outdoor porch, don’t forget to waterproof not only the solid pieces, but also the fabric and the seat.

32. A cellar lady

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / LAURA QUEIROZ

The entire wall of the room was lined with hollow blocks, and each of its niches served as a perfect fit for wine bottles and sparkling wines from this brutalist and sophisticated cellar.

33. Discretion for the adult room…

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CYNTIA SABAT

There are those who believe that using blocks in the bedroom is not cool because it is too rudimental, but this project makes this theory fall apart, doesn’t it? The bedroom’s contemporary decor wasn’t even influenced by the bed base.

34. and relaxation for the children’s room

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / FRANCIELLE PARDINHO

Painted in white, the blocks not only served as a support for the bed in this girl’s room, but also acts as a real display of cute shoes. With so many colorful choices in decoration, the result was perfect!

35. Decorating the niches

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO FEIJO

Adding your personality to an environment requires including some objects that represent your personal identity in the space. You know that object that you look at and already think: “it’s a guy’s face”? That’s the idea. And that’s exactly what the owner of this special corner did, as can be seen in each span of these pieces.

Check out more inspiring cinder block decor images

Find out how to decorate creatively and without having to spend a lot:

36. Light fixture for a cool environment

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / THALES PIMENTA

37. The perfect shelf to store boys’ objects

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / EVERYTHING IN PLACE

38. The sanctuary of inspiration

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / NIINA’S FINLAND

39. Disproportionate niches for the modern winery

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DESIGN WAREHOUSE

40. Masterfully stacked to become a perfect vertical garden

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARIANE BAYONA

41. Some blocks and boards and we already have a sofa for the garden

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / KATHRYN THOMPSON

42. The shelter of the 7 dwarfs

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / MORE THAN AMÉLIAS AND AMÉLIAS

43. A little extra charm in the lobby

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / JESSICA LIMA

44. Another proposal for the arrangement of blocks in the cellar

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ADRIANA PEREZ YAMASHITA

45. The organized construction site

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46. ​​The foot of the bed also serves as a shoe rack

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DESIGN SPONGE

47. Dividing environments without major renovations

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CLAUDIA SIMIONI

48. That neat detail in the corner of the house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ZENA + ME

49. Serving as a planter

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50. Distributing species well

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51. The discreet and perfect column

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52. Ensuring the support of the worktable

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53. The bookcase looks wonderful!

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ANA CAMILA VIEIRA

54. You can create any structure you want with the blocks

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55. L-shaped sofa in the living room

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CLAUDIA SIMIONI

56. This sofa was super cozy!

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / BE HAPPY BE ME

57. Features that adapt to any space

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HOME BNC

58. Custom gourmet corner

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HÁGALO USTED MISMO

59. An economical way to organize books

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CHEST OF TIPS

60. Huge climate in bedroom decor

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / LAST HOME DECOR

61. The pendant further highlighted the bedside piece

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / BURGUINA

62. A peculiar detail behind the sofa

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / EASY HOME AND GARDEN

63. Three small blocks that made a big difference

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / NARAH TEIXEIRA

64. A corner to relax outdoors

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ECODESIGN WOODY

65. A simple sideboard for the office

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CAPI

66. This center table was a spectacle

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / YAMAGATA ARCHITECTURE

67. You can choose the way you want to make your decor more personal

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68. Only the niches in the blocks did the job

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / MAX’S LOOK

69. The perfect bed base

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / APARTMENT 58

70. A perfect beverage display

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / FRANCIELE ZIRBES

2 practical tutorials to do at home

Learn how to create two versatile furniture to decorate a room:

1. How to make a concrete block bench

See how easy it is to produce a bench with a sofa face with just a few beams, cinder blocks and paint in your favorite color.

2. How to make a concrete block room rack

In this tutorial, learn how to build a rack using planks and blocks. The interesting thing is that you can make the furniture at any time you want and need, just add a few more pieces in the composition.

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to create a decoration with cinder blocks, just choose what kind of piece you want to create with this material so cheap and functional. There are no limits for those who are creative! Get to work!

 

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