Concrete is one of the latest design trends for counters and surfaces. Here's how to get the look without the hefty price tag and maintenance that goes along with it.
Not just for industrial lofts anymore, concrete surfaces are making a sleek and stylish mark in homes of all styles, from urban to rural and everything in between. Sadly, concrete is costly and high-maintenance (the most beautiful finishes always are!), so we recommend incorporating this trend via a chic look-alike. On a recent jaunt to beautiful Prince Edward County, Ont., I got to see this look du jour in action courtesy of the latest lineup of engineered quartz surfaces from industry leader Caesarstone. All of the four new finishes boast a matte, slightly textured feel for an authentic vibe, but each embodies the concrete effect in its own unique way.
The standout of the bunch, Excava wows with distinctive earthy and copper-hued striations atop busily patterned grey tones. It’s perfect for creating an accent, such as a contrasting island top or range wall backsplash.
Excava 4046 SURFACE, from $80 per sq. ft., .
The super-subtle pattern and cool tones of Flannel Grey are so well put together that it’s truly difficult to distinguish this engineered surface from the real deal. Its city-chic feel is equally welcome in the kitchen or bath.
Flannel Grey 4643 SURFACE, from $80 per sq. ft., .
Bringing a warmth to this cool trend, Topus Concrete’s taupe colouring makes it the ideal way to include this of-the-moment aesthetic in a more traditional, rustic environment.
Topus Concrete 4023 SURFACE, from $80 per sq. ft., .
With a swirled effect of dark grey on light, versatile Airy Concrete has a pleasant lightness and dynamism that allows it to take centre stage or hang back, depending on what it’s paired with.
Airy Concrete 4044 SURFACE, from $80 per sq. ft., .