Whether you use sliding barn doors in your home as a space saving feature or just enjoy their delightful rustic aesthetic, there are many creative ideas for their use. Using barn doors in your home can serve several purposes, whether you have a small space and want to create a more interesting design than a regular door or a pocket door, or you just want to make a visual statement. The downside to barn doors is that since they do not seal the same way that a regular door does, they may not help with sound attenuation, if that is something that is important for you. Obviously if it is a pantry door or closet door, this will probably not even be an issue to consider. In the image above, if the designer had used a regular door, the whole design concept would have to be changed to make room for the door to swing in, which would have to leave about three feet of wall space. A barn door just requires a little DIY and some hardware to install, whereas a pocket door requires demolition to install, so the barn door option just got a little desirable. Barn doors can be used in any style of home, from modern to traditional, you just have to pick the right hardware and door style to fit with your design scheme.
We have put together a collection of examples of using barn doors in your home in various ways to create a beautiful design aesthetic, have a look and enjoy! Want more inspiration, have a look at these: 53 Sensationally rustic kitchens in mountain homes and 55 Awe-inspiring rustic living room design ideas.
The sliding barn door that conceals this Mill Valley, California bedroom is painted white to blend in with its surroundings.
A sliding barn door in this entryway acts as a room divider but also adds visual interest upon entrance into the San Francisco, California home. The brightly colored green door also adds visual appeal against the white walls.
This sliding door in a contemporary Colorado home is a great space saver the way it slides cleverly into the adjacent staircase. Clad in black walnut wood, it creates a seamless look when the door is closed.
These vibrantly colored barn doors adds visual interest to the white walls and cleverly conceals a laundry closet. Want to see more images of this fun and colorful beach house? Have a look: Bright and colorful surfer-chic beach house
When space is at a premium in a kitchen, a custom barn door can slide open to reveal a hidden pantry and cover bookshelves that you would typically want to showcase.
A stylish sliding barn door in this kitchen neatly conceals a walk-in pantry. Wide plank flooring and colorful accents infuses warmth into the space.
This Oregon home demonstrates a great example of using barn doors in an entry area. It breaks up the space between the entry and the great room to create a more formal entryway space for the homeowners.
A barn door can add a burst of color into your space and offer a visual contrast of styles between industrial and a more soft and feminine appeal.
Not only are sliding barn doors beautiful to look at, but when used in a small space that can be very practical (and can be considered instead of a pocket door which isn’t nearly as attractive–as long as you have the wall space). You can see how much space has been saved by not having a door that swings in.
This entryway could have been left as just an opening, yet the addition of a sliding barn door adds beautiful visual interest to the space. Panels of glass in the door lets light filter into the space when the door is shut.
You can use barn doors on a track system like the image above to cleverly conceal a television out of view.
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Some trends come and go when it comes to decorating styles and ideas for your home, but there are some classic designs that never completely fade away. It can be a bit of a design dilemma for anyone looking to give their home a makeover or just wanting to achieve a look of timeless elegance that they are comfortable with. There is no doubt that every decade at least, we see some new decorating trends emerge and what tends to happen is that some of these ideas become established and stick around whilst others get filed under “dated” at some point.
Past pointers to the future
You only have to take a look at some of the trends that we saw in the past to see that some of the design ideas and furnishings in our homes that we updated and discarded, have come back into style, making us wish we had kept the originals in the first place. You can only guess how many homeowners regret ripping out their classic Victorian bathroom fittings in favor of something more vinyl and plastic for example, only to search around recently to try and find what many interior designers now consider to be fashionable.
Some of the space-age and sleek furniture of the 70’s have recently become design classics with huge price tags attached to originals, so which items are likely to demonstrate designer staying power?
There was a time when virtually everyone was painting their walls and wallpaper seemed to have had its day, but that has all changed and many wall coverings have managed to make a monumental comeback in recent times.
Wallpapers that depict a natural scene such as woodlands certainly took their time in the limelight, but the enthusiasm for them may have faded more recently. Simple and symmetrical patterns still hold favor and big graphic patterns are still adorning plenty of walls at the moment, but some designers believe that they may well fall from grace again in a few years.
Mid-century modern design is aesthetically pleasing and its beauty is in its simplicity and the fact that interior designers see it as an ideal way to achieve integration that flows all the way to the outdoors.
It seems that anything mid-century is considered a good design bet at the moment and all the great names like Eames, Nelson and Bertoia have all enjoyed a massive resurgence in the last decade, so it seems that the ideas and designs associated with that period are unlikely to fade away.
The great thing about bean bags is that they are real fun pieces of furniture with the versatility to be used as comfortable seating or simply as casual decor. Bean bags can be considered as one of the basic elements of style in your home that will always work with whatever look you are trying to achieve as they have that enviable quality of being able to fit into any situation, which is why they have an enduring popularity.
What you should remember is that you are really investing in more than just round bean bags, as there many different designs and textures to choose from, which you will soon discover when you visit a site like Comfy Sacks and see how adaptable to any design situation they can be.
To incorporate bean bags into your design ideas remember to choose complementary colors, pick the right size and shape that works best for your room and finally, remember to select the right texture and fabric for a perfect match and a design classic that will stick around.
Classic finishing touches
It is always the classic finishing touches that complete the look that you are looking for and there are several accessories to consider using that tick all of the right boxes. Old globes are considered a staple of modern eclectic design and so many of those old-fashioned globes have an innate attractiveness and appeal to us for sentimental and aesthetic reasons.
If you want to inject a sense of humor and even a sense of irony, you might want to consider fake taxidermy, if you don’t want to be staring at something that used to be real and running around. It seems that fake taxidermy items are very much a product of our time, and whether you prefer the original or fake version, they seem to have stood the test of time by evolving.
If you try to incorporate some basic elements of style into your makeover that have stood the test of time, you will improve your odds of having a home that never seems to look dated.
This guest post is courtesy of Jennifer M. Byron who works as a home decorator. She enjoys writing about home improvement and decor. Her articles can be found mainly on home improvement and DIY sites.
You can spend hundreds to thousands on home renovation when remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, entryway, etc, yet walls are right in front of your eyes, can make a dramatic impression, and cost a fraction of the cost of a major upheaval. Portraits and paintings beautify the home but wall murals are quick, easy, and provide that ‘wow factor’ you want.
Preparation Warrants Precision
First, be sure you’re buying and applying a mural because it matches the home’s interior and not because you love it on its own. It’s better to buy a mural that works rather than attempt to fit the room around a work of art. Next, check the mural for any imperfections, discolorations, etc before applying the adhesive to the backside. Use adhesive liberally while spreading it evenly throughout. Brush the glue on all areas (at the ends too) to avoid wrinkles or eventual peeling. Formed bubbles are inevitable so smooth them out with your hand or a rag using a sweeping motion from the center of the bubble and moving outward.
Become the Artist
Of course, some are artistic, preferring to create their own mural rather than buy prints from the store or online at WallpaperInk. Aside from a finished piece, search for an outline you can trace on your wall and then fill-in with paint or your preferred medium. The good news is that art has no rules. You can fill an outline with pictures to create a collage within, use paint on a portion while leaving the rest blank, etc. Alternatively, some suggest using a projector to conjure the outline so you won’t have to trace it onto the wall or worry about getting rid of unwanted marks once finished.
Use a Variety of Murals to Set the Mood
Traditional paintings, murals, and wall hangings seem so permanent. But in an age of 140-character tweets and instant messaging, you may prefer change to ongoing fixtures. A number of mural suppliers provide easy-stick murals that you can peel on and off your wall along with customization possibilities. Rather than a floral print or abstract design you may prefer to host a mural that features your family portrait or pictures of your pets. Also, you may want to feature different murals depending on the season or your current mood. For example, maybe the holiday season inspires you to feature family murals while the summer season warrants floral prints and those featuring bright colors. Mixing and changing won’t damage your walls, makes it easy to obey your whims, and offers more choices regarding interior renovation.
Be Sure to Accessorize the Room
Ask any fashion-minded gal or guy about creating an impressive outfit and they are sure to mention accessorizing. What’s the use of sporting a fantastic handbag without buying shoes to match? To make a huge impact with little effort and additional investment, visit second-hand stores, antique shops, and a number of online stores offering knickknacks that fit your chosen theme. For example, your teenaged son may love all kinds of sports, choosing a football mural for his wall, yet additional helmets, jerseys, and game balls help create a dazzling theme. Alternatively, fresh and plastic flowers supplement those choosing floral-printed murals. Arrange the fresh flowers on the opposite side of the room to create symmetry and various focal points for inhabitants and visitors to enjoy.
Do It Yourself But Hire Some Help
Home designers and laborers ask a lot of money for their services, yet you can ask for opinion while not having to break the bank in hiring them for full-blown services. For example, if you’re perplexed on where to place murals you like or would want to generate more ideas, hire an interior designer for an hour, gaining access to their experience and expertise. Use their knowledge while leaving the labor and work to yourself. It’s an economical way to get professional results while maintaining more money in your wallet. Actually, you don’t need to have a designer come to your home. Take quality photos of your room and murals while providing the dimensions. Send the information along in an email while using PayPal or snail mail to provide payment for their partial services.
Your next renovation project can make a huge impact on your interior without hugely influencing your bank account. Remember to use murals that work with your rooms rather than modifying existing space to make a piece work for you. Next, ensure you apply adhesive evenly while checking for bubbles and imperfections in the art. While planning a bigger design project, don’t dismiss the notion of asking for help and shopping online for customized and removable mural prints. Lastly, have fun renovating, accessorizing according to chosen theme and mood of the room.
This article is courtesy of guest blogger Robert Jackson, a home design consultant. He likes to share his experience online. You can find his posts on many home improvement and DIY blog sites.
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Turn a mundane bedroom into a luxury retreat with these inspirational bedroom decorating ideas, leaving you fantasizing about re-decorating with the help of some of our design tips. These bedrooms that we have collected for you are truly magical, with a touch of whimsy and serenity all rolled into one. The bedroom should be a sanctuary to come home to, to get a peaceful nights sleep and leave the pace of your workday behind, at least for a few hours. Most bedrooms seem to be cluttered and the last room in the house that people care about putting their decorating dollars into. When we have guests over to entertain, the first thing they see is the public spaces of the home, living room, dining room, kitchen, so we tend to worry more about how these spaces look. However, we all deserve to have a tranquil oasis to relax, so we should take the time to create a cozy and welcoming retreat that is all yours! Have a look through the images below to get inspired to create your own dreamy slice of heaven and a few tips along the way to help get you started on your bedroom re-decoration project.
Have a look through the images below and let us know which one is your favorite and why! Looking for more bedroom inspiration? Have a look at some past fabulous articles that we have presented to you here on 1 Kindesign, such as 1 Kindesign’s 45 most dreamy bedrooms of 2013 and 55 Spectacular and cozy bedroom fireplaces.
Lanterns, candles, textures and beautiful fabrics are the perfect mix for a dreamy bedroom scheme. To create contrast, try a duvet in a neutral color with a patterned coverlet on top. Layering pillows creates comfort and a beautiful aesthetic. Accent pillows should pick up the colors of a print from the bedding or should flow well with the selected color scheme. A bedskirt gives a more relaxed and elegant feel.
Silky curtains helps to soften the space, while neutral linen bedding adds texture and romance. A bedroom with a view creates a tranquil oasis, especially next to a pool or a water feature. There is nothing like the sound of a trickling water feature from an open window to help you fall asleep! French doors completes the look.
Area rugs add texture, pattern and coziness to a bare floor in the bedroom. They also define the space and prevents your feet from stepping on a cold bare floor first thing in the morning!
Creating ambient lighting in your bedroom is a must. A flattering light fixture in a bedroom can make all the difference and really complete the dreamy look. A dramatic fixture such as a chandelier and some smaller scale night table lamps can create a perfect mix.
If you are looking to create a calm atmosphere and get a restful nights sleep, try incorporating a neutral or monochromatic color palette into your bedroom design scheme, such as above.
Decorating your space with attractive furniture pieces to store clothing and other items with help you to maintain a clutter-free and elegant bedroom. Tip: Let artwork inspire your wall color. The perfect shade of blue helps to tie everything together in this stunning bedroom scheme.
Fairy lights and white bedding in the bedroom shown above creates a dream-like atmosphere.
Painting a wall mural behind your bed not only creates a dramatic focal point to the space, it can transport you to somewhere else, like a tropical retreat that is soothing to the soul.
A wood shelf above the bed is a great budget-minded idea if you don’t have a headboard behind your bed. It creates a focal point and is a great way to add a touch of whimsy to the spaces with some personal decor items and candles to create a romantic mood.
A chandelier on the ceiling with glass and metallic accents adds polish and some sparkle.
This exposed brick fireplace in the bedroom is a great idea to add some charm and some warmth on a cool evening. It makes a statement of romance and creates a nice focal point. The one above is dual sided, with a cozy sitting area on the other side, bringing in a touch of luxury. The fireplace is whitewashed with a rustic feel, but if you can’t afford to create a brick fireplace, another solution if to use a firebox brick liner to create the look on a budget!
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Create a cool coastal vibe in your pad by creating a calming tropical oasis, whether you live in a seaside home or want to create the illusion that you do. Designing a tropical paradise aesthetic in your home is all about creating a relaxed lifestyle that is peaceful and stress-free. Infused with style and charm, these spaces seem to intensify life’s little pleasures, brightening your day. Tropical style embraces many elements such as mosquito netting to add romantic charm to your bedroom, strong graphical prints, natural textures, tropical plants, exotic woods, bermuda shutters and stylish ceiling fans. In any room of your home you can re-create the beauty of the islands by infusing varying shades of blues with pops of prints throughout the space. It’s all about sea-inspired hues and natural textures that emulate the beach. Use laid back materials to add visual interest such as linen, sea grass, jute and rattan. Whether you decorate with the real thing, use patterned fabrics or wallpaper, your space will really be brought to life with big leafy plants. Select from an assortment of tropical plants to add to your oasis such as banana plants, bird-of-paradise, and over-sized palm fronds. Injecting a fresh tropical style into your home will make it feel upbeat and cheerful, who wouldn’t want to feel like they were on a permanent vacation? Be inspired, take a visual tour of our images below and let us know your thoughts, which one is your favorite?
Get more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign by checking out some of our past articles on tropical style living with, 50 Beautiful coastal chic bedroom retreats and 46 Casual beach chic rooms to inspire. Enjoy!
This island living room displays a beautiful natural colour palette infused with colonial style furnishings. Creating a cool, laid back vibe, the day bed brimming with plush pillows and palm leaves completes the tropical aesthetic.
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If you draw inspiration from the visual and aural appeal of nature in your home, trying immersing the natural landscape into your bathroom design scheme. Creating your own private sanctuary with a natural concept in mind is all about adding texture, lots of glass, and the right bathroom fixtures. A part of designing next to nature, is to also bring nature into your design, by applying elements that simulate what you would see outside in nature. These items can include rich woods, pebbles, rocks, water, earthy stones and plenty of textures. Todays modern luxury bathroom encompass steam showers, soaking tubs, TVs and even surround sound, all outfitted with beautiful fixtures and furnishings. In order to have this personal spa oasis, drawing in nature will complete the ambiance. This can be done by adding glass walls, which can be fixed or sliding into a wall cavity so that you blur the lines between the indoors and the exterior.
A glass enclosed shower can also help (it also makes the shower feel more spacious), especially if you bring lots of plants into your bathroom. A freestanding tub, or one that is inset into the floor, can be either right in the visual line of the outdoors or even on a deck or on its own covered veranda in the garden. Part of the experience is being able to see the sights and sounds of nature and breath the in fresh air. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm all year round, this experience can be truly magical. So lets enjoy the visual experience, even if it is just a daydream, and have a look at these 39 bright and airy bathrooms here on 1 Kindesign, all of which invite nature to be a part of the journey!
Let us know which bathroom is your favorite, we love your feedback! While you are at it, check out some more inspiration featured here on 1 Kindesign, 47 Awesome outdoor bathrooms leaving you feeling refreshed and 60 Most incredible bathrooms with breathtaking views.
The bath walls open to reveal an outdoor bath, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. With a stone wall surround, the space is very private and zen feeling.
With the walls opening on a track system and disappearing into a wall cavity, taking a bath in this copper soaking tub will make you feel completely immersed in nature; especially with the lush, tropical vegetation on this Hawaiian property.
How cool is this bathroom? The bathtub feels more like a hot tub on a deck that rises above a heavily wooded forest. It does not get much better than this!
This home feels like a part of nature with a private courtyard of plants outside of the bathroom.
Nestled on a its own platform, this custom Indonesian river rock tub features uplighting so that you can take a heavenly bath after sunset. A tumbled stone wall covered with pebble tiles behind the tub houses a water spout to fill up the tub with soothing warm water. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh air and relaxation.
The colors and materials used in this heavenly glass enclosed shower are reminiscent of the outdoors. With the wall tiles taking on a white sandy beach, the black tile is obsidian lava and a flooring of beach pebbles, all that’s missing is the ocean! Flagstone steps takes you to an outdoor shower that is in complete privacy.
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Farmhouse style kitchens are very charming and rustic, with plenty of raw wood and natural light, they offer a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for entertaining guests. There is something about this style of kitchen that gets your attention, but not in the same way a contemporary kitchen would. They offer a romantic atmosphere of raw materials and clean design, an old-world aesthetic that has homeowners wishing for the quaint and everyday lifestyle that these spaces exude. Each of these farmhouse kitchens that you will see below offers a little something different, some are rustic, some offer a little vintage, while others offer more of a modern-contemporary style, that is more simple and beautiful. These kitchens are so cozy you would want to spend all day in them, cooking, entertaining, or just relaxing with a good book or your laptop. Most farmhouse style kitchen offer whitewashed walls, wood beams on the ceiling, wood planked flooring, natural light and plenty of character. There are a couple of examples where tile has been installed on the flooring, which creates a warm, stunning effect. A stove or fireplace in the kitchen can really complete the farmhouse look, and keep the kitchen warm on a chilly winters night.
Brick and stone is another material that you will sometimes see in this style of kitchen, it adds warmth and texture to the space. It looks great on a backsplash or installed as a focal point from floor to ceiling around the stove. Shabby chic or rustic style furnishings, vintage whitewashed cabinetry, wood block countertops, there are so many options. Have a look at the images below and gather some inspiration for your farmhouse style kitchen!
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The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you do everything from showering in the morning to washing up and brushing your teeth at night. That’s why the last thing you want is a tiny bathroom. However, sometimes that is our only option. In those cases, there is hope. Check out ways to make your bathroom look more spacious below:
Want more bathroom inspiration? We have plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look through our bathroom archives.
1. Stick to the same colors and tones
If you want to make your bathroom look bigger than it really is, you need to keep everything the same tone and color. You want the room to have one united shade. That’s because if you opt for a look like dark walls and light tiles, this will only make the space appear more enclosed. If you must have some contrast going on, though, limit it to something that is more of an object. For instance, let it be a light fixture or a low cabinet. That way the object will really stand out and get everyone’s attention, while the rest of the room blends together and acts as more of a backdrop than anything else.
2. Opt for clear glass doors for your shower
When you choose to have shower doors made of textured glass, you are giving off the illusion of an extra wall. This not only allows you to get some light into your shower, but also have the feel of some privacy. These doors are truly a visual barrier within the room, making your bathroom come across as more spacious.
3. Invest in large bathroom vanities
There is nothing that will make a bathroom appear larger than it is than a than a huge bath vanity. In fact, a bath vanity that reaches all the way to the ceiling will do wonders for your room. It doesn’t matter if the bath vanity is trimmed out in wood or tile. All you want is a tall bath vanity that has lighting on the top of it or hanging in the front of it, as that will work to double the light’s impact and make your lavatory feel much bigger than it is. However, don’t choose a bath vanity that uses double mirrors over side by side sinks. This will have the opposite effect you’re going for and make your bathroom look smaller.
4. Install shelves within your wall
The way most medicine cabinets recess into your wall, you can use this idea this throughout the rest of your bathroom. If you have a linen cabinet that takes up a lot of space, change this up. Instead, purchase cabinetry that you can have installed into the wall so you have more storage room. You will need to reframe the walls in that area, but this is worth whatever cost that is. With less clutter to be had, your bathroom will appear a lot bigger.
5. Get as much natural light in as possible
Natural light is something that homeowners always want shining through in their bathroom. There is no better feeling than waking up and going into your bathroom and having the sun fall on your face. The sun’s presence even helps you when you’re applying your makeup. Today, so many people opt for a lavatory with windows that are completely covered with shutters or have their window coverings blacked out. While this will grant you privacy, it’s not ideal. Instead what you should do is cover up a window with a translucent window shade. This way you still get that privacy you want while also having plenty of natural light coming through. If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, you can always get a solar tube or some type of skylight put in. This will also bring in some natural light into your bathroom. It’s this natural light that will really make your bathroom appear much bigger than it really is.
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Infusing your home with green leafy plants helps to make your space feel fresh and inviting, not to mention they help purify your air and create positive Feng Shui energy. Plants add color and decor to your home, creating a welcoming atmosphere that makes your space feel homey and very cozy. The trendiest plant to add into your home is the fiddle leaf fig, but other great greenery ideas are succulents, air plants and even orchids, especially in the bathroom! If you are looking to decorate your home with plants just for air purification purposes, consider the following plants: red-edged dracaena, snake plant, wax begonia, gerber daisy, golden pothos, gerber daisy, azalea, peace lily, english ivy, boston fern, spider plant, aloe vera and the lady palm. They will not only beautify your home, they will help to improve your home’s indoor air quality. According to the EPA, the average American home’s interior air quality is much more toxic than that of the air outside. This is why decorating your home with plants is the perfect solution, working double duty as a decorative accessory and filtering your air.
Green plants will help to breathe life into any space, especially if the surroundings are white walls, the green will add punches of color. The more plants you have in a space, you will create a jungle-like atmosphere, perfect for a Bohemian style space. Plants can be injected into any room in the home, the kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedroom, a sunroom, you name it, we have plenty of examples collected for you below. Zen-ify your home and be inspired with these creative looks, and let us know which one is your favorite and why.
There is nothing like working next to plants, but to keep the positive Feng Shui energy, make sure to get rid of dead leaves or dying plants.
Plants can really thrive in a bathroom with the additional humidity. Nothing like taking a shower next to a wall of plants, it can really create a closer connection with nature, not to mention creating a spa-like feel!
Add your own greenhouse into your kitchen! This space is so bright and airy, you could spend the whole day here cooking and tending to your plants. Nature has really been brought into this space between the interior plants and all the windows, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. Magical, don’t you think?
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Concrete is a beautiful and very durable material, super customizable with an incredibly long lifespan, concrete countertops are the perfect application for any kitchen. With a minimalist and sleek appearance, concrete fits perfectly into any home or loft, giving a contemporary or industrial feel. A little more edgy than other countertop materials, it can be very ideal thanks to its inherent properties of being easy to clean and very durable. The best thing about concrete is that you can DIY your own countertops, there are plenty of websites out there that will give you step-by-step instructions. Concrete looks amazing in a modern, open plan interior, integrating well with other materials from wood to silestone. If the look of raw concrete is too clinical looking for you, you can apply an acid wash or any color you wish to add more warmth to your kitchen. The average cost for concrete to be installed as your countertop material is $65-$135 (for standard 1.5 inch thick countertop). Have a look at some pros and cons to using concrete as your countertop material selection.
Pros: Concrete is a porous material and can be stained easily, which is why it needs to be sealed. Color options for concrete is endless, which makes it ideal if you are trying to match it with your interior design scheme. It can be cast in any shape or size and with custom edge details. They can be uniquely personalized by embedding items such as seashells, recycled glass and even pebbles. Its appearance enhances with age, developing a warm patina. Although concrete is heat resistant, if it is sealed, anything hot should not be placed directly on the surface, as it may damage the sealer.
Cons: If you have a large concrete countertop, there will be seams, but you can minimize this with the use of a filler that is color-matched. It needs to be frequently sealed to avoid staining. Small cracks may develop with time and settling. Concrete is a heavy material, so it will need extra support beneath. If you do any custom options such as edge detailing and inlays, the price tag can be greatly increased.
Have a look at the ideas below and find some countertop ideas for your kitchen project. Looking for more kitchen ideas? Have a look at one of our past articles on 47 Incredibly inspiring industrial style kitchens and 51 Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens.
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