It’s durable, versatile, and looks great in any style kitchen.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated March 07, 2018
Concrete countertops in a rustic kitchen
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You’ve probably seen concrete countertops in pictures of minimalist lofts and chic, ultra-modern chef’s kitchens. The countertops often look stark and crisp and slightly unattainable—the kind of kitchen you’d see in a movie, not a standard home, and the kind of look it takes serious design chops to pull off.

Well, think again.

Concrete countertops (like two-toned cabinets) can be adapted to suit any style and kitchen—it just takes a little pre-planning. Before they’re installed, the countertops can be stained, sealed, and polished into nearly any color, offering amazing versatility. These countertops are often associated with an industrial, edgy look, but with the right colors, cabinet pairings, and accessories, concrete countertops can become a subtle and sophisticated add-on to any kitchen: rustic, minimalist, even traditional. (They can even be made into a waterfall countertop.)

So why should you consider a concrete countertop? This durable surface has a visual weight that light-colored surfaces (like marble or a white quartz) often lack, which allows it to serve as the focal point of the kitchen. Concrete is also textured, unlike sealed stone counters, which further introduces variety into a space. And, of course, these countertops often develop a patina from years of use that lends a space character, unlike crisp and clean stones. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind a little mess and you want you kitchen to feel warm, well-loved, and lively, concrete might be the material for you.

It can be especially transformative for a kitchen, especially if you’re only able to make one major change to the space. A new countertop can completely change the look of a kitchen, offering major bang for your buck.