Friday, December 21, 2012

In concrete ...

Depending on where you live, you may call them benchtops or countertops, and when they're made of concrete, I call them beautiful.

Image via Tine K Home.

The organic nature of concrete appeals to me, as does the versatility of the material in almost any design scheme. It is simultaneously modern and ancient, as well as both sleek and rustic.

Image via Maison Cote Sud.

The fact that decorative concrete can be left in its natural color or tinted to any shade is definitely a plus. Really, is there anything more durable than concrete? Not any material that comes to mind.

Image via Sunset Magazine.

Concrete should definitely be sealed to prevent staining, but other than that, the choices are a honed finish for a matte look or polished to a high shine. Or, they can be stained black (my thoughts exactly) to eliminate stain worries entirely.

 




Images above via Decor Pad (left) and Stil Inspiration (right).

There are dozens upon dozens of sites on the web with DIY instructions to create your own countertops. I'm just not sure my husband or I would be game to tackle such a project on our own. This is a case of practice makes perfect, so maybe it's better to leave it to the professionals.

Image via Decor de Provence.

The more I think about it, the more I am drawn to using concrete when we finally get around to our kitchen renovation. I'm not sure my husband is as convinced.

Image via Better Homes and Gardens.

But, hopefully he would agree about the beauty of concrete in our kitchen.

Image via Solid Designs.

Decorative concrete is yummy, I tell you. Simply yummy!


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