Arguably the most beneficial feature of concrete counter tops when compared to other options is the limitless possibilities for customization. If you’re looking to put a really unique touch on your living space, concrete is the way to go. You really can’t beat this high-end material for beauty and creativity.
Along with the durability of natural stone, concrete offers the added benefit of being able to poured into any shape or size you can think of. You can really set a space apart when choosing a non-traditional shape for your counter tops. Some examples of unique shapes for counter tops would include an oval shaped bar instead of the standard rectangle, a tiered prep surface instead of one, flat surface, or an ornate curve that runs the length of all of your counter tops. The shape variability doesn’t stop with the counter top, as back splashes can be pre-poured in any shape, and affixed to your kitchen walls to add extra character and style.
Concrete counter tops can attain the high-end look of more expensive materials, and can offer the extra detail of a decorative edge. The edge of your concrete counter tops can be finished to resemble the raw edge of natural stone. It can also feature a simple bevel, or a more ornate rope or scallop detail. Basically any shape can be incorporated into the edging detail of concrete counter tops.
There’s no end to the options available for texture and color for your concrete counter tops. Concrete can be dyed any color imaginable during mixing or before curing. Using intricate powder dyes, very detailed and specific patterns can be created. Colored concrete can be used to create a mosaic look, or acid stained for a more natural mottling. If you can sketch it out on paper, it can almost certainly be recreated for concrete counter tops.
Any item that you desire can be embedded into wet concrete. One of the most popular embeds are iron trivets, which are embedded in rows that are suitable for setting hot pots on. Other interesting embeds include artwork, seashells, or scrolling. If you have a country themed kitchen, pretty ceramic apples could be embedded into the concrete counter tops. For an Art Deco theme, geometric portions of glass or some other material could set the counter top off nicely. Whatever you have embedded, it can be sealed over and protected during the finishing stages of installation. When you’re looking for a custom style for your counter tops, concrete is the best, most versatile option.