The rise in popularity of concrete countertops is one of our favorite interior design innovations over the last few years. Far from feeling too cold or industrial, concrete can complement almost any style of kitchen. The key is to add other warmer, natural textures like fabric or wood to keep it from feeling too austere.
Here are 12 perfect examples of why concrete belongs in the kitchen — plus a few tutorials to tackle the project yourself.
- Eat-in Kitchen - Wiedemann Werkstaetten: This concrete overhang on the counter serves as the perfect dining table. Bonus: The benches that tuck underneath save space.
- Yellow Cabinets & DIY - A Beautiful Mess: If you want to cover ugly countertops, you can try this DIY option to add a thin layer of concrete. We love the way it looks with these vintage-style yellow cabinets.
- Live Edge - Eco Designer Concrete: One way to make concrete seem less industrial is to add a chiseled "live" edge to the counters. The marbled effect doesn't hurt either.
- Thick Slab Counters - Houzz: The substantial counters in this kitchen give the cabinets a more anchored feel. Plus, they complement the light wood perfectly.
- Contrasting Textures - HGTV: From the concrete counters to the subway tile to the salvaged wood island counter, this kitchen has a lot of different surfaces going on, but they all work well together.
- DIY Review - Joe & Cheryl: Looking for an honest review, with straightforward tips and advice about a DIY concrete countertop? Then this is the blog post you need to read.
- Concrete Cover - Justine Hugh-Jones Design: This island counter seems to just be wrapped in a slab of concrete. We love the accent this adds to the otherwise all-white kitchen.
- Grey on Grey - Lonny: Don't think that you have to avoid using gray tile if you go with a concrete counter. This kitchen is a perfect example of how the gray-on-gray scheme can work.
- Multi-Level - Little Green Notebook: Ready for a DIY challenge? This multi-level concrete countertop project is like an advanced class in the technique.
- Modern Farmhouse - Jason Thomas Architect: The concrete detail in this kitchen makes the farmhouse kitchen feel more modern.
- Bar Counter - Ohashi Design Studio: This slim, raised bar counter is the perfect contrast to the other counters in the rest of the kitchen.
- Mixed Material - Studiobuild: This counter not only has concrete, but also wood inlay for a warmer feel.