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Rustic Décor and Concrete for An Iconic Look

Rustic décor, along with the Western and Victorian style, is one of the most culturally significant home themes in the United States. It takes its roots from Native Indian and Hispanic households, and has evolved over centuries into a chic and urban look of today. There is no denying that rustic décor brings a unique charm and elegance to your home that other themes may not be able to offer.

While rustic décor continues as a major home theme in the US, the flooring associated with this style has developed over the years. Traditionally speaking, rustic flooring involves the use of bricks, lightwood, and hardwood materials. However, many homeowners today; are opting for concrete products that mimic wood tones and patterns to perfection. Here is how you can incorporate a rustic theme in your home without having to worry about the wear and tear of your surface materials; like bricks and wood.


Concrete is a great material for flooring both, indoors and outdoors. For instance, you can apply concrete overlays on your existing interior flooring. This allows you to get a completely fresh flooring surface without having to worry about the costs of replacement and installation. Make sure to apply high quality sealers as they will play their part in protecting your flooring solutions from damage and wear and tear in the long term.


Surfaces and subsurface like walls, countertops, decks, and so on can also be incorporated in your home décor with wood styled concrete products. For instance, you can get concrete countertops for your kitchen, a concrete wall in dark wood tones and brick patterned flooring in your lounge. Concrete is one of the few materials that provide you with versatility in home décor that goes beyond the price tag!

Find out more about concrete products and how you can incorporate them in your rustic décor with JM Lifestyles!

Changing Colors: The Face of the New Concrete Countertop

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JM Lifestyles Concrete Countertop Design

Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen? One area many people wish to change about their kitchen is the countertops. Gone are the days of boring old Formica countertops. The homeowners of today have more materials, colors and styles of countertops to choose from than ever before. If you’ve never considered using a concrete countertop for your kitchen remodel, be prepared to change your mind!

Concrete, Really?

Yes, hearing the words “concrete countertop” probably conjures up all kinds of interesting thoughts in your head. Put these pictures right out of your mind! Many people think concrete is dull, cold, and industrial, but nowadays, things couldn’t be more different. Because just about any pigment can be added to concrete, the color choices you have are endless.

In addition to being available in a wide array of color choices, the countertops can be poured to be any shape, troweled to any texture and given any type of look you want. Because each countertop is handcrafted to your specifications and preferences, you’re not going to have a typical cookie-cutter look to your kitchen.

Each installer will have their own colors and it will be different from other contractors, because each has their own recipe for countertops. With all the different pigments, stains and aggregate colors available, countertops made of concrete are guaranteed to be unique and won’t look like any of the typical ones you might see in a hardware or home improvement warehouse store.

If plain old white, brown, gray or black countertops aren’t appealing to you, then maybe it’s time you opened your mind to what’s available in concrete. As we mentioned, when you choose to use concrete for your countertops, the color choices are endless. Whether you are seeking to add some flair and drama to your kitchen or you want a countertop to compliment your cabinetry, it can be done. Even if you want your countertops to be the focal point of your entire kitchen, it can be done using a wild pattern or a mixture of vibrant hues.

When you are interested remodeling your kitchen and want to change your countertops, a concrete countertop is the way to go! Before you commit to anything, remember to pick a color that you won’t tire of easily and try pairing the colors you like with other objects in the room for contrast.

Once you’ve decided to install a new countertop in your kitchen and decided to use concrete, you can contact a local New Jersey concrete countertop installer to come out to your home and show you all the options available.

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Commercial Concrete Countertops Increase the Aesthetics

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Business owners are always looking for ways that they can set themselves apart from their competition. They want to do better, and they want to look better. This is where design can really help companies make a difference so they stand out from the crowd. Using creative design elements such as concrete countertops in commercial businesses can offer a wealth of different advantages that Designers and Architects can explain to their clients.

What Are the Best Reasons to Use Concrete Countertops?

Designers can talk with business owners about all of the great benefits that come from using concrete for their countertops. For starters, it is highly durable, and that means it will last a long time with proper care. Companies will not have to worry about replacing their counters every couple of years.

Additionally, the number of choices is nearly limitless with concrete. It’s possible to cast it in many different shapes and a wide assortment of colors that will work perfectly for any type of company.

Another one of the great benefits of concrete is the cost. It’s a far more cost effective solution for a countertop than using natural stone, but it can look just as great. This means businesses can get the type of look they want without spending a fortune and that is sweet music to any business owner’s ears.

Some commercial companies out there may even want to work with precast concrete and take the DIY approach. This makes it easy to work with concrete since the mix is ready to go and pre-blended. Of course, working with professionals for installation can make things even faster and easier, and could be the route that many commercial businesses out there want to go.

What Types of Businesses Could Benefit from Using Concrete?

Many different types of business can benefit from using a concrete countertop, and when designers are marketing, they should really think outside the box. Concrete countertops would look great in coffees shops, bakeries, cafés, bars, juice bars, and more. However, think about how they would look in a doctor’s office or a dentist’s office instead of the usual bland countertop at the front desk area.

It’s true that these counters can work well for many different types of commercial businesses and offices because of the limitless potential of the look, design and longevity possible.

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Concrete Countertop Edge Forms Provide Designer Looks

Are you the “DIY” type? If so, have you ever considered making your own concrete countertops? If not, does it seem like a totally unrealistic project? After all, you have to use the right sort of concrete, somehow manage to pour it into a countertop shape, and then finish it in a way that makes it look like more than a slab of concrete. Continue reading

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Concrete Countertops a Continuing Trend

You hear the phrase “decorative concrete” and you might think of figures and fountains of elaborate design, but the modern definition for the term tends to apply to more subtle forms and applications. For example, decorative concrete is found in many homes as flooring and as countertops. A lot of homeowners also use concrete stain in places like concrete countertops, and patios to give their homes a more decorative look.

Is it complicated to do? Actually, it is such a hot trend that websites like the popular TV shows have done extensive coverage on the “how-to’s” of decorative concrete and concrete stain projects.

Taking a look at them can be a bit overwhelming because it seems like there is a lot of work involved. Essentially, you need to read through any DIY instructions to realize that success boils down to two fundamental steps:

  1. Preparing the site properly
  2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions

Yes, that is really all there is to it. Naturally, just like any type of products, there are good and then there are better products. The outcome of a decorative concrete treatment does also depend on the quality of the materials used.

For example, if you want consistent concrete colors, it means using a product that dispenses the powders or compounds in precise measurements. This is the only way to get the same hues from batch to batch. The enCounter name is one concrete countertop product that is known for its consistency and top quality results. Those who are considering some decorative treatments for the concrete in their homes or properties will want to explore their options.

As a prime example, if you were using decorative colors and an acid stain on a concrete countertop, you would have to work in one or two batches. If the products did not dispense in precise amounts, and guess work or room for errors existed, you might end up with a job that looks very amateur.

Fortunately, you don’t have to risk that when you choose a trusted brand. Of course, in the end, if you are not using the materials properly you won’t get the best outcome either. This might be the time to look for some training materials prior to the project.

While websites with step-by-step instructions are ideal for learning how to prepare the sites you will treat with acid stains or concrete colors, nothing compares to proper manufacturer’s training materials. Make that your first step and you’ll enjoy DIY concrete success.

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Acid Stained Countertops a Winning Combination

You’ve heard the phrase, “The difference between night and day,” and it is a pretty clear description of two contrasting things, and generally used to describe the impact created by changes. It can apply to people, places, and things, and the phrase is remarkably accurate when it is used to describe the differences between plain concrete and concrete with an acid stain. Continue reading

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Can a Concrete Countertop be a Do-It-Yourself Project?

You’ve seen them on home improvement shows, and maybe you’ve even seen them in your neighbor’s house, and you’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Why can’t I have a concrete countertop in my home?” And, if you’re the do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, you’ve likely followed up that question by asking, “Can I install a concrete countertop in my home by myself?” Continue reading