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From concrete floors to countertops to table lamps, the industrial material is having a moment in interior decor

Jessica Mordo  – November 26, 2018 | Updated December 28, 2018

Concrete isn’t just a construction or paving material anymore. The slate-gray palette and industrial look have made it prized for flooring, countertop, and more surfaces in ultra-modern homes and loft apartments. It’s even showing up in decorative accents and objects. Here are some of our favorite ways concrete is being used in home design and decor.

Floors

A smooth, clean finish has made concrete a trending flooring material in modern homes. Some feel it has a semi-severe aesthetic, but that can get counterbalanced with plush leather sofas, statement lighting, and large-scale houseplants.

Solid Wall

In an industrial-style loft, some designers are opting to leave concrete walls exposed rather than covering them with more common drywall. The result is striking.

Floating Shelves

We love how the farmhouse vibe of this kitchen nook is disrupted by the raw-edged concrete shelves.

Bathroom Vanity Sink

This raw-edged sink is rusticity at its best when paired with wood cabinets and earthy ceramic pottery.

Kitchen Island

We love the pairing of rustic concrete with the stunning inset tile. 

Shower

Some might call this aesthetic stark, but we find it impossibly chic. The bathroom-friendly houseplant adds the perfect lived-in touch.

Dining Table

A super-modern spin on the long dining table. The wire chairs and rattan lighting pendant amp up the chic.

Coffee Table

A slab of concrete makes for the ultimate industrial furniture. The design presents the illusion of a heavy object floating in space, which is a neat parlor trick.