Kitchens take a beating with daily use, so most homeowners consider durability as a major factor when choosing countertops. Concrete is both heat and scratch resistant, and its smooth contemporary look is equally appealing. Plus, with industrial style still on the rise, concrete countertop options will look classic for years to come.
Concrete kitchen countertops that are properly sealed clean up with a mild cleanser and cloth, and the natural gray tones in concrete blend beautifully with stainless-steel appliances. It's important to take notice of the tones in your concrete as well. Here, blue paint on the island brings out the cool tones in the cool concrete and steel finishes.
Concrete countertops are fabricated much like driveways or walkways but in the shape of your counter space. The concrete material is not expensive, but one con is that the fabrication and installation can drive up the price due to the time intensive nature of the process and the weight of concrete slabs. However, when paired with green cabinets and sleek floating shelves, it's worth the splurge.
Kitchen countertop ideas that involve concrete are a natural fit for outdoor kitchens or bars, since they blend seamlessly with exterior materials from stone to stucco. Plus they are resilient against weather elements. This outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stone facade looks like the perfect place to gather friends and family for a memorable night outside.
Many homeowners opt to pour their own DIY concrete countertops. The materials are inexpensive and require few tools. These homeowners ran out of concrete so they added this inset of butcher block to their island, creating a beautiful juxtaposition. Mix and match materials for kitchen countertop ideas that are truly unique.
If the natural shade of concrete isn't to your liking, you can mix, form, tint, and pour concrete for countertops and islands. This kitchen's darker stained concrete countertops match well with the tiled floor and stainless-steel appliances. Plus, they ground the bold lacquered red cabinets. With the ability to mix your own concrete, you can even use two different colors to create juxtaposition and zones within your kitchen.
Concrete kitchen countertops combine in with rustic wood cabinetry and ceiling beams to evoke a warm, contemporary style. Mixing wood and concrete elements is a great way to tie in several styles into one room. The seamless transition into this living room allows both styles to live together peacefully.
The edges of this counter reveal interior texture, and the entire slabs were waxed and polished with carnauba wax. Taking care of your concrete countertops is important, so be sure to work with your contractor or local home showroom to learn the best polishes and care for your concrete. If handled properly, you'll be able to enjoy your concrete countertops for a long time.
Because these homeowners love to cook, professional-grade appliances were a priority. DIY concrete countertops are a perfect complement to the stainless-steel appliances and industrial hardware on the cabinetry. Plus, with the ability for custom sizing, it's easy to fit concrete countertops around bulky or nontraditional appliances.
Because concrete can be tinted virtually any color, it's a great option for DIY kitchen countertops that make a statement. Infusing color everywhere, including the countertops, can create a bold, unique space. Here, light blue walls help ccessories in bright, popping colors stand out. Black chairs and a dark dining table ground the space, along with the dark wood floors.
This one-piece curved concrete top had to be molded in the adjoining family room and carried into the kitchen. It's a big project to take on, but it was worth it. The curved edge makes a perfect spot for guests to gather as the host prepares snacks in the kitchen.
Because professionally installed concrete countertops are expensive, these homeowners limited concrete surfaces to just a central island and installed it themselves. By putting it on wheels, they can use it inside or bring it to the patio for a summer barbecue. The resilient top will be able to stand up to years of use, if handled with proper care.