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Concrete Countertop Color Options and Samples
What Colors are Available?
Each concrete countertop contractor offers their own unique standard and premium colors. Samples will always be different due to each contractor having their own secret recipe for constructing the countertops and employing different types and amounts of cement and aggregates. In fact, cement will vary in different parts of the country! There are different brands of pigments, stains, and aggregate colors, so concrete countertops will always be unique.
Note that color matching is in no way an exact science. Samples of custom colors or having the concrete countertop contractor work on matching a color will always be more expensive than samples of standard colors. In most cases, the price of samples is applied against the cost of the order.
When you think of concrete, gray is the color that most frequently comes to mind. However, you probably didn’t realize there were so many variations of gray. Gray countertops are popular in modern homes and restaurants because of their industrial appeal. Some people opt to leave their concrete countertops the natural cement gray, while others add integral color pigments to get just the right hue.
Design ideas for gray countertops:
- For added texture, include aggregates in the concrete mix that can be exposed by polishing
- Combine gray counters with board-formed pillars to get a truly industrial look
- Show off gray countertops by contrasting them with bold colored cabinets or furniture
- Use a high-gloss sealer to create a reflective surface
Another popular color for concrete countertops is white. White countertops provide a crisp, clean look that many homeowners appreciate. Pigments or other additives must be added to the concrete to produce bright whites.
Design ideas for white countertops:
- Continue the minimalist white color palette with cast concrete backsplashes
- Opt for an undermount sink so that the crisp look of the counter surface is undisturbed
- Add an unexpected design element such as embedded colored glass
- Include wood accents such as a teak raised bar and drainboard
If you’re looking for a more traditional countertop, brown is a good color. Brown countertops can be colored integrally or topically stained for a rich, earthy tone. Many people opt for brown because it can be used to create a look similar to natural stone. Brown and other natural colors are also know for bringing warmth to a home’s décor.
Design ideas for brown countertops:
- Use multiple stain colors to achieve a mottled finishes
- Add veins of polished glass to the countertop to get a look similar to natural stone
- Select a decorative edge detail that will give the counter an aged appearance
- Embed large river rocks into the concrete to create a streambed effect
Custom Colored Countertops
When it comes to color options, concrete offers nearly limitless possibilities. So, if you’re looking for something to add drama to your home or want a countertop that complements your restaurant’s theme, then look no further. You can even let your counter be the focal point of the room with a wild design or mix of vibrant hues.
Design ideas for custom colored countertops:
- Pick a color that you love and won’t tire of quickly
- Try pairing complimentary colors for an eye-catching contrast
- Draw color inspiration from backsplash tiles or other design elements in your kitchen
- Be sure that the countertop is sealed well so that food and beverages won’t alter the color
How To Get Samples
Most concrete countertop contractors will have standard samples on hand and offer custom color samples. If you are interested in seeing color samples, contact a local contractor for more information.
Standard color samples (and remember each contractor's samples will be different) runs in the $25-$50 range. Custom color samples runs $75-$150 and up.