When it comes to selecting the right counter top material for your modern farmhouse kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider aside from just what the counter tops will look like. While the appearance is extremely important, price, maintenance and durability also play into what you ultimately pick.
When it came time for B and I to decide on a counter top material, we honestly thought we were going to go with quartz until we started looking at options. Quartz isn’t cheap and while price did play into our decision, when we actually started looking at counter top materials and color options, the only things we liked were in the most expensive level which would have made the counter tops more than the rest of the entire kitchen project combined!
I’ve never liked granite. Most of the granite I’ve seen has lots of little specs and I just don’t like that look. I’ve always loved Marble but marble requires a lot of maintenance and can stain. It’s also pricey. While our kitchen is an investment in improving our house, where we live, we’d never see a return on spending 6-10K on counter tops alone. Feeling a bit limited in our options aside from what the big box stores carry, we got to talking about the kitchen we renovated in Philly.
When we lived in Philly, we did concrete in our kitchen. The design was completely different from what we are doing in our current kitchen but we loved the concrete. Natural concrete is gray so it’s neutral, it’s durable and has just enough variation to make it interesting. We did slate subway tiles on the back splash that had both greys and browns which tied our cabinets and counter tops together perfectly. While not at all our style now, it really was a beautiful kitchen and what ultimately sold our house during the housing crash.
Our new kitchen design is light and airy. Black and white with just a touch of coastal is the vision. We aren’t formal or fancy people so we didn’t want anything too flashy or shiny. After realizing our extremely expensive tastes, we both knew concrete would be perfect.
Concrete requires a lot of labor and I wouldn’t suggest jumping in until you know exactly what you need to do. Concrete does require a sealer and maintenance though we found from our Philly house, it holds up really well to a beating. Concrete can be polished smooth but in general it has a rougher, less perfect appearance. With so much brand new, perfect, polished materials in the room, I feel like the concrete looking a bit more industrial and even a little rustic helps balance out all the new. While concrete can be dyed, it’s natural color is a great, neutral grey.
After looking at counter top options, concrete ended up being a pretty simply decision. You’ll find concrete in other areas in the house too from my shop counter to our power room vanity. Have you or would you consider concrete for counter tops in your home?