Votive holders are turning to stone these days, with your favorite scents poured into concrete vessels. You can even find candlesticks made of concrete. Here, in a vignette created by Chris Carroll, a concrete candlestick is impeccable on a coffee table, weaving in the grays of the couch and throw pillows.
Concrete flooring might be considered a daring design choice, but to really turn heads, translate that concrete look to your walls. In Marja Wickman’s dining room, lightly-colored concrete allows the homeowner to experiment with a variety of design options, including Scandinavian-style furniture and a contemporary pendant lamp.
Concrete planters can be found most anywhere these days, from Etsy to HomeGoods, and apart from looking perfectly on-trend, they also protect your plants, shielding fragile roots against windy and unfavorable conditions. Succulents are a great choice for concrete planters (proven here by SeaMint), but if you’re not ready to commit to a live plant, faux plants in concrete planters can be found easily.
Borrow design inspiration from your garage and give concrete its time in the spotlight—in the flooring throughout your home, which is what Susanna Hawkins chose for her flooring. In this space, concrete flooring with a just-right level of sheen fades into the background alongside a boldly-patterned area rug, warm furniture and pops of green houseplants.
For a dining table that has an outside-the-box vibe, look to concrete. It offers a solid surface for family dinners, acts as a neutral stage for tabletop decor and can be handmade by concrete companies, artisans or custom-ordered online. Endemic Design crafted the stunning concrete table seen here.
Concrete is undoubtedly a robust material to use for shelving. It can be depended upon to hold your heaviest keepsakes, and it has a note of innovative design as well. You can make your own open concrete shelving by following Leigh Anne Watts’ tutorial on her website, Houseologie.
Concrete has even made its way over to lighting, making up chic pendant lights and serving as lamp bases. Concrete lamps are plentiful on Etsy, or you can try your hand at making this lamp yourself—simply follow the DIY step-by-steps or accompanying video created by Cristina Ramirez of Flowers + Folk.
A bathtub rendered in concrete, like the one here in a bath designed by Kelle Contine, is sure to be a showstopper in your bathroom. Many homeowners love their concrete tubs for their luxurious quality and ability to provide a good, soaking bath. The installation is involved—they can weigh thousands of pounds and require a great deal of expertise to put in—but it will certainly be a timeless fixture that you can enjoy for years to come.
In a modern farmhouse kitchen, concrete plays nicely alongside other design accents, like the navy blue cabinetry and sleek lighting seen in Lena Torres’ kitchen. You can include touches of concrete in your kitchen, starting with an island or the countertop, or if you truly want to commit to the trend, you can go top-to-bottom with flooring, countertops, an island and even a backsplash. The grays will look terrific matched up with cabinetry in a bold hue.
Concrete is a strong, stalwart material to use for a bathroom sink. Here, two sinks meet a countertop in a bathroom constructed by NS Builders. Its light color creates a soft, subtle palette for the bathroom, while acting as an impactful design element in an otherwise minimalist space.