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

8 Show-Stopping Ways with Decorative Concrete
Lincoln Barbour

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.

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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.

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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.

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Floating Shelves

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

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Bathroom Vanity Sink

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

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Kitchen Island

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

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Shower

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

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Dining Table

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

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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.

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