For a building material that\u2019s been around seemingly forever, concrete is constantly being improved, repurposed and reimagined. We dug up these emerging trends for contractors, interior designers, DIY homeowners and anyone looking to improve their space with an interior or exterior concrete update.RESIDENTIALDecorative ConcreteThis concrete trend has been around for a while, but new developments in coloring and texturing agents keep decorative concrete constantly evolving. While concrete\u2019s traditional gray hues suit current interior design trends like\u00a0the farmhouse look, homeowners have endless possibilities when it comes to color, pattern and texture. \u00a0Decorative concrete also enhances outdoor spaces, such as patios, walkways and decorative curbing made with reusable stencils. Interior DesignTypically associated with outdoor utilitarian uses like patios, driveways and foundations, concrete has made its way indoors thanks in part to the popular industrial design trend. From concrete flooring to countertops and furniture to accessories, interior concrete can be customized to suit any d\u00e9cor style. \u00a0INDUSTRIALTilt-upTilt-up\u00a0construction is soaring to new heights with a recent record lift of 100 feet. Thanks to new developments, products and processes, the tilt-up industry is shaking up conventional labor and production on these large-scale building projects. Load-bearing walls The latest trend in concrete formwork, load-bearing walls utilize an innovative tunnel-form method that allows walls and slabs to be poured simultaneously. This means faster setting and removal of wall forms to allow for acceleration of construction projects. ReinforcementPerformed on the job site, post-tensioning reinforces concrete with extremely high-strength steel strands and bars. Post-tensioning with a combination of concrete and steel creates an incredibly strong component that allows for a final product that is stronger than ever.\u00a0NEW TECHNOLOGIESEmerging trends in concrete are changing not only what we can build, but also how we build it. Here are two new concrete trends from cement.org. Reactive powderThis highly workable, durable, ultra-high strength concrete eliminates the need for coarse aggregates. With a potential compressive strength of 30,000 psi, reactive powder concrete\u2019s tensile strength is on par with steel fibers. Translucent concreteAdding optical fibers to a concrete mix creates a \u201csee-through\u201d effect that challenges the opaque nature of traditional concrete. Thanks to the optical fibers, light is conducted through the stone from one end to the other.Photo from cement.org New advancements in concrete and concrete products are completely changing design and construction. Stop by your local ICS showroom in Utah or Idaho and let us help you decide how to make the latest concrete trends work for you.