Yes, Concrete in the Kitchen Can Be Gorgeous (and Pink!)

published Jul 12, 2016
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(Image credit: Nikole Ramsay )

Concrete might seem like an unusual choice for your kitchen, but given the right setting, its rustic, textured look can set just the right tone. Or it can be pink.

(Image credit: Nikole Ramsay )

Alex McCabe, co-founder of beloved Aussie brand Kip&Co, has a kitchen in her Melbourne home that’s as fun as her company’s bedding. Not only does it have glamorous brass cabinets and a standout quartzite backsplash, the island is pink concrete!

“The island bench… was probably the hardest thing to achieve in the house (and therefore the most expensive); it took me a long time to find a concreter willing to give that whacky idea a go!” she explains.

(Image credit: Nikole Ramsay )

Was she worried about bringing so many styles and colors to the space? “Don’t worry about trying to find things that ‘match’,” she says. “If you love it, it goes.”

Not ready for pink? Here’s some (more traditional) concrete inspiration from around the web:

This Brazilian kitchen from Yatzer has not one but two islands made of concrete, with shelves for storage and a space for growing herbs right in the kitchen.

The textures of concrete and wood play beautifully off one another in this kitchen from Rue.

A concrete countertop is the perfect choice for an industrial kitchen from Elle Decoration.

A waterfall-edge concrete countertop adds texture and style to a minimal kitchen from The Style Files.

A concrete countertop and backsplash provide a lovely, textured contrast to minimally styled cabinets in this kitchen from Inside Out.

A concrete island graces an airy kitchen from Residence.

Concrete and stainless steel, as seen here in a space from Blue Tea Kitchens, are especially nice together.

Wood, marble and concrete might seem like a bit much, but in this kitchen from Est Magazine they are just right.

Concrete, with its warmth and texture, can be very nice when contrasted with the shiny, no-nonsense look of square tile. Image from Leva & Bo.

Concrete countertops enhance the casual vibe of this Melbourne kitchen spotted on VTWonen.

The waterfall edge, which flows through to the floor in the adjacent room, is a particularly nice detail in this kitchen from Design Milk.

A concrete island in a kitchen from Elle Decoration, via French by Design.

The gorgeous textures of concrete and wood are balanced by a healthy does of white in this kitchen from WTWonen, via Decor8.

Another waterfall edge countertop, as seen in a kitchen from Rock My Style. Both the subway tile and the patterned tile on this island complement the concrete really well — it really does work with a huge variety of materials.

Here’s a concrete island with an almost sculptural appeal, seen in a kitchen from Desire to Inspire.

Update 2/11/19 from a post originally published 7/12/2016 – TB