Posted by: abodesignco | 03/13/2009

The beauty of concrete

The other day, I suggested to a client to use concrete for her new kitchen countertop and was quickly shot down.  She thought I was crazy for even going there.  Although, I have tendencies for off-the-wall ideas, I thought this was the most sensible solution for this particular client.  She has a large family (10 children!) and they all frequent the kitchen.  It is the most trafficked room in the entire house and the countertops function (besides the normal day to day cooking activities) as a desk for all sorts of home work and artistic inspirations.  It is a meeting table and even acts as a very high bench every now and then!   The younger children love climbing on and settling themselves there whilst mommy cooks.

Concrete is similar to granite in terms of physical properties.  It’s hard, durable and weighs about the same as granite. It’s templated and installed like granite and very practical in heavy use areas like kitchens and bathrooms.  The main difference is in the natural look and matte finish of concrete and the fact that it’s customizable.

If you appreciate natural materials, functionality and craftsmanship then you will love concrete.

Think of it this way: you are getting a natural material that has all the physical properties of granite but it is more affordable and most likely very unique because like this client, many others have also turned down the idea because it was too new to them.  There’s a yes waiting just around the corner I’m sure 🙂

Here are a few examples of concrete use in interior design.







  1. Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

  2. Very nice post – as a concrete countertop artisan in Vermont, I appreciate the straightforward, factual presentation of the possibilities of concrete surfaces in an everyday home. It is true that the novelty factor has yet to wear through the average homeowner’s comfort level – but that is changing quickly, as examples such as your photos begin to proliferate. Thank you for your sense of style and adventure! I will refer to this in my own blog. Keep up the great work.

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