Getting Creative With Concrete

Concrete doesn't get the respect it deserves. Most people chalk the material up to industrial living only; but that's far from the truth. Concrete can be used in so many different ways and transformed with the use of a little creativity.

One of the more popular uses for concrete is in the back yard. Poured concrete patios are extremely popular due to their minimal maintenance and increasingly creative uses and abilities. It's quite amazing that through the use of stains and presses, a typically mundane patio can be transformed into a faux deck.

If you're looking to keep up the minimal maintenance trend, concrete countertops are an excellent option. However, maybe countertops are a little too permanent for a beginner — how about a concrete lamp? Add a dash of industrial chic into your home to try it on for size.

Images: 1. Kristen Lubbe, 2. Riley Concrete, 3. Sisters Agency, 4. Chez Larsson, 5. AT Designs