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A Guide to Concrete Countertop ColorsSee color options and compare techniques for coloring concrete countertops
WHAT COLORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS?
When it comes to color options, concrete offers nearly limitless possibilities—shades of white, gray, brown, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, black and more can be created. 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.
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HOW ARE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS COLORED?
Color can be applied throughout the entire mix with integral pigments, or applied to the surface of cured concrete with stains or dyes. There are different brands of pigments, stains, and aggregate colors, so concrete countertops will always be unique.
- Integral pigments offer the widest range of colors and are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Pigment is blended into the mix, imparting color throughout the entire countertop. Nearly any color can be achieved by blending pigments together, allowing skilled craftsmen to color match, although this is not an exact science. In most cases, custom colors or color matching will be more expensive than standard colors. Pigments are stable colors and offer consistent and dependable results as long as measurements are precise. Since they are mixed throughout the entire batch of concrete, a substantial amount of product is required.
- Acid stains are applied to the surface of cured concrete. Stains are available in a limited range of colors, but can be mixed and layered to expand the possibilities. Acid stains form their color through a chemical reaction with the concrete. Stains are best applied by professionals, because the results can be varied and unpredictable due to their reactive nature. Since stains are applied only to the surface of the countertop, repeated abrasion can wear down the color, but sealers can prolong the life of the color. Acid stains are UV stable and can be used on indoor or outdoor countertops.
- Dyes are available in a wider range of colors than stains and can be mixed and layered creating numerous possibilities. Dyes are applied to the surface of cured concrete and can also be used to enrich surfaces that are already stained or integrally pigmented. Water- or solvent-based formulas are available. A UV sealer should be applied to protect the color, as not all dyes are UV stable. As with stains, dyes can be tricky to apply. Both dyes and stains can be used in specific areas as accent colors or with stencils to create designs. Dyes and stains can be more cost effective than integral pigments, as a little product can go a long way.
Whether your countertop is integrally pigmented, stained or dyed, make sure it is sealed well so food and beverages won’t alter the color.
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
Black countertops are versatile and add a high-end, custom look. Styles from shiny smooth to textured matte are possible depending on the finishing techniques used.
Design ideas for black countertops:
- Pair with white cabinets and backsplash for a timeless black and white style.
- Inlay a pattern for a subtle design element.
- Use a matte sealer for a rustic contemporary feel that mimics slate.
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
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 known 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) run in the $25-$50 range. Custom color samples runs $75-$150 and up. In most cases, the price of samples is applied against the cost of the order.