Living with Concrete: Concrete in the Kitchen
Given that the industrial interior design style is all about blending the utilitarian elements of your home with rustic and modern features, it makes sense to start with the kitchen – arguably the most utilitarian area of the home.
When pulled off well, concrete kitchen furniture can help to accentuate the “lived in” vibe that cultivates industrial décor, while also serving its practical functions extremely well. It’s no wonder, then, that concrete has become an increasingly prominent feature in Australian kitchens.
Before getting into specifics, here’s a universal tip for complementing concrete furniture in the kitchen. Pair it with warmer materials like timber, and you’ll find it easier to achieve the ideal balance of “functional and pragmatic” with “warm and inviting”.
#1 – Benchtops
Concrete makes sense for kitchen benchtops, given its sturdy and durable composition. From chopping vegetables and sliding plates around, to dishing food out from piping hot pans and the inevitable mishaps of dropped cookware and sharp cutlery – our benchtops go through a lot.
Glass fibre-reinforced concrete (GFRC) is particularly well suited to withstanding the harsh conditions that the average household kitchen countertop is exposed to on a daily basis. Its resistance to chips and cracks is on par with that of granite.
By applying sealers to your concrete benchtop every one to three years, you can protect its surfaces from chips, scratches, stains and heat damage for many years to come.
#2 – Seating & Stools
Nothing adds an air of refined sophistication to a residential kitchen more effectively than a series of concrete stools in neutral colour tones. Whether you opt for a GFRC seat with wooden legs or an extremely sturdy concrete pedestal design, concrete stools for the kitchen are more comfortable than you might think.
You can even fix them in place the way some bars and restaurants do, for a permanent item of concrete kitchen furniture that enhances the overall value of your home.
#3 – Splashbacks
Regardless of your kitchen’s colour scheme, a concrete splashback complements any existing décor and ensures long-term durability against grease, oil, moisture, bacteria and heat damage.
Ash, smoke, nickel and taupe offer a particularly pleasing aesthetic, while elegant finishes like pitted, hand-trowelled or hand-pressed will make your splashback an eye-catching décor item as well as a practical feature to protect your walls.
Glass fibre-reinforced concrete sets without leaving any voids, gaps or bugholes in the surface; so a GFRC splashback serves as a strong line of defence against water penetrating the surface and finding its way into the wall behind.
#4 – Kitchen Sink Spouts
It might seem like a relatively small component of your industrial-style kitchen, but the right tapware can do wonders for pulling it all together in just the right way. It accentuates the sleek lines and hard angles that are a staple of the industrial look, either by contributing to it or contrasting against it.
For instance, a square or “boxy” tap for your kitchen sink will reflect the rigid shaping of the piping, while a gooseneck arch can help to alleviate this effect if your concrete kitchen furniture is already managing to achieve this on its own.
Think brushed copper/nickel, matte black or chrome colour tones for your kitchen tapware, to ensure it looks stunning alongside your concrete splashback or benchtops.
Contact Concrete Collective for more kitchen furniture advice and recommendations
Our friendly and professional team is highly experienced in renovating kitchens of all shapes and sizes with phenomenal glass fibre-reinforced concrete. For expert guidance on how to enhance the function and aesthetic of your residential kitchen, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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