The Concrete Kitchen
Concrete is the up-and-coming material of the contemporary kitchen. But this isn’t the cold, hard, gray concrete you’re used to. Concrete for the kitchen today is warm, touchable, and inviting. It comes in myriad colors, shapes, sizes, textures, and finishes.
Not only is concrete stylish, it’s also as durable as the ever-popular kitchen staples such as granite and slate (when maintained properly). It’s very nature allows it to be formed into nearly any shape—so control is 100% in your hands.
In short, concrete is one of the most in-demand materials for the kitchen. Here’s how you can revamp your kitchen with concrete.
Concrete Kitchen Floor
Concrete flooring is long-lasting, easy to clean, and a snap to maintain. You don't have to strip the floor down to the concrete to enjoy this type of flooring. Concrete floors can be poured right on the grade. If you want a concrete floor over a subfloor, consult a structural engineer to ensure the subfloor can support the weight of the concrete. Sometimes, concrete can be poured right over existing flooring (consult a professional).
It’s a great alternative to other hard surfaces like wood, tile, and stone. You’ll appreciate the natural, yet smooth look concrete brings. Popular in commercial design, concrete makes the transition to residential easily too. It can be stained, stamped, and made to look like other surfaces. Concrete floors can compliment a room with just about any design scheme—whether modern, industrial, or traditional. That's just how versatile the look of concrete can be.
Sheen level can vary from matte to gloss and displays different visual finishes. While it can be made in any color, most prefer neutral tones for the floor.
Concrete Kitchen Countertops
Because a countertop is poured, it can be made to fit your kitchen like a glove. It can also be outfitted with unique features such as inserts and drain pans. You can choose everything about your countertop—from edge thickness to surface finishes and color. Like floors, you can also select a matte or gloss finish.
Consider a bold color for the countertop, especially if it’s an island. A pop of color on the countertop is one of the biggest trends in kitchen countertops today.
A key advantage to concrete countertops is that you can control their shape, size and thickness. This is in stark contrast with other stones - where you are limited by the dimensions and availability of pre-made slabs. So long as the final piece can be carried into the room, a single concrete slab can be cast into curved or even L-shaped surfaces that other stones could only emulate.
Concrete Kitchen Table
The concrete kitchen table is a relatively new development in kitchen design. These can span styles from classic to ultra modern but they almost always make a statement. Draw attention to your eat-in kitchen space with something either curved and organic or geometric and mid-century.
Concrete tables cast in the same color, style, or finish as your concrete countertops will create a sense of cohesion and harmony throughout your space.
And though they look really heavy, you might be surprised to learn that a concrete kitchen table isn’t necessarily as heavy as it looks. Most tables are less than an inch thick and have an apron (edge) that makes the table look thicker.
However you prefer your dining experience, a concrete table makes a fabulous addition to any eat-in kitchen.
Give your kitchen a revamp with some concrete. It’s versatility and durability make it a perfectly suited material for the contemporary kitchen both in design and functionality.
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