Soapstone has always been my dream counter material of choice, but after seeing concrete pop up in more and more modern homes, it’s become something of a fascination of mine. I’m always afraid I’ll whack my arm on it and hurt myself (I know, I worry too much), but seeing it in these beautiful modern homes — especially against bright paint colors (above) — makes me rethink this industrial material. Need some inspiration for a concrete project? Check out five of my favorites from kitchens we love. xo, grace
Image above: Sealed concrete counters at the Lokal Hotel in Philadelphia come to life when set against a bold blue paint.
This traditional North Carolina home’s kitchen got a modern makeover courtesy of concrete countertops and white subway tile.
This Iowa home’s concrete counters get some added warmth from plants and blue paint on the upper and lower cabinets.
I love the contrast of concrete and metal in the Napa Valley, California home of Dave Allen.
This minimal Texas home gave its kitchen a facelift, complete with durable concrete counters.