Dorset Stable ConversionIndustrial Kitchen, Dorset
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ConcretePeter Housiaux’s company Designer Concrete has been making concrete benchtops for more than 25 years. In that time, he says technology has improved, with additives to improve the strength and finish of the cement, better diamond gear for grinding and polishing, and different sealers. Unlike stone, which is cut from a piece, concrete can be custom-formed to any shape or size, so there are no limitations here.
Create a contrastOpen shelves can also be used to make a design statement when set against a bold, contrasting paint colour. If you have an open-plan kitchen/living room, consider extending the wall colour into the kitchen to create a living room feel, and add a few decorative objects to the shelves so it doesn’t feel so kitchen-y.
Best for industrial attitude: Concrete Bring out your brutalist side with a chunky slab of concrete in the kitchen. A concrete benchtop is heavy-duty, cool-looking and, as you’d expect, super-durable. It also ages beautifully, acquiring a characterful patina. However, it’s undeniably heavy and, as raw concrete is porous, will need to be well sealed to avoid stains and marking. You’ll also have the odd seam to contend with. As it’s cast in slabs, concrete is more versatile in shape than stone; plus you can opt for different types of surface finishes, from polished to matt.Design features to work out of concrete