Once upon a time, using concrete in a home as anything beyond a structural material would have been rare. Thankfully, the evolution of home design and the exploration of new and inventive ways to decorate your space have meant the welcoming of concrete as a design element. Its use in countertops, sinks and floors is a design trend we’ve enjoyed for some time, but the latest incarnations of the material are more unexpected—the concrete you remember is getting a remix. Concrete in the home is hardly a demure material—the style and stature stand out while the color blends in. These industrial modern design solutions for using the material are certifiably chic and surpass expectations. The good thing is, it’s never too late to add concrete to the design of your kitchen or bath, and there’s no end to the beautiful detail this material can achieve. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate concrete into the home.
Countertops: Concrete countertops are both architectural and useful. Because this style of countertop is custom-poured and molded to your kitchen or bath specifications, it’s an easy style to incorporate into your space. Pick a shape that best fits your taste and if the natural color of concrete is not your favorite, pigment can be added to blend a custom shade just for you. For high-traffic rooms like the kitchen and bath, concrete’s durability makes it an excellent material for surfaces that get heavy usage.
Tubs and Showers: Concrete tubs convey a stark minimalism that contributes to their elegance. These tubs are statement showpieces that both blend into their environment and exude the power of a custom detail. Concrete shower walls and floors are equally as intriguing. Pair this material with a strong, architectural shower head like the H2Okinetic Pendant Raincan Shower Head and add a few HydraChoice Body Sprays.
Walls: Walls of concrete give off an elegant organic vibe, born of its texture, expression and tone. This style of wall inhabits a look that is both stark and warm—it makes a statement, even while blending spectacularly with other materials in the home, like marble and wood.
Vessels: While you may expect to see concrete-potted topiaries on a front stoop, plants growing in concrete vessels look extremely chic within the home. The juxtaposition of nature in an industrial material makes for a pleasing accessory in a plethora of interiors. Concrete vessels tend to look like sculpture and lean toward the dramatic the larger they get. We’re not unhappy with that —go big or go home. If plants aren’t your thing, use the vessels for storage—adding one to your foyer for use as an umbrella stand is a good place to start.
Floors: Concrete handles foot traffic well, making it an exciting option for your kitchen and bathroom floor. Customize the color, style and pattern to ensure their stature as a custom element, and make sure they are sealed to protect from water damage. Soften the look of these floors by incorporating graphic throw rugs of varying styles, textures or shades.
For additional ways to bring concrete into your home’s design, check out these home improvement trends.