In recent years the influx of industrial aesthetics in home interiors has led to some exciting combinations of materials in modern kitchens.
Concrete has become one of the most sought-after materials from which to construct a kitchen worktop, and whilst it may look the part, it isn’t necessarily the easiest surface to live with in a family home.
At Worktop Express, we now offer a sustainable and easy-to-fit alternative to a real concrete worktop in the form of our concrete laminate worktops. These surfaces replicate the look of real concrete whilst offering a smooth, extra matt finish that is both easy to clean and maintenance-free once installed.
If you are set on using a concrete worktop in your new kitchen, take some inspiration from the following tips to get the look:
Combine Other Textures with a Concrete Worktop
Real concrete worktops are available in both a rustic finish, or polished to create an incredibly smooth surface. Our laminate imitations have a very smooth surface that imitates the look of a polished concrete surface.
Combining other textured materials with concrete helps to enhance contemporary industrial themes in which concrete is widely used. We recommend considering a secondary surface material as a breakfast bar or kitchen island alongside a concrete worktop. Rustic solid oak worktops, stainless steel or even white marble are all great choices that mix well with the grey tones of concrete.
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Combine Concrete with a Splash of Colour
A concrete worktop is ideal for high-contrast and monotone settings with bright whites or deep greys, but this material also works brilliantly alongside muted pastel shades such soft pinks and minty greens.
Alternatively, dark colours such as navy blue are perfect for adding some contrast to an industrial theme. It’s a perfect colour for painting kitchen cabinet frontals and combines beautifully with copper, chrome and other metallic fixtures and fittings.
Your kitchen can be brought to life either with the addition of colourful kitchen accessories, through painting kitchen cabinet frontals or a ‘feature’ wall.
Accessorise with Copper
Copper accessories are very much on-trend in kitchens this year, and whilst this material fits in beautifully with a variety of interior styles, it looks perfectly at home in a kitchen featuring a concrete worktop.
Thanks to the wide range copper kitchen gadgets that are now available, you can decorate your kitchen with copper kettles, toasters or other shiny appliances. Alternatively adorn your kitchen with copper light fittings, handles, knobs or taps to complement the look of concrete.
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These are just a taster of the interior styles that are a perfect choice for combining with a concrete worktop. You can find out more about using stone-effect surfaces in your kitchen by reading our ‘Buying Stone-Effect Laminate Worktops’ information guide.