The recent few decades have seen concrete rapidly ascending the interior design trend. From an utterly utilitarian construction material, concrete has blossomed into one of the most beloved and versatile finishes for both residential and commercial use.
A concrete countertop, for example, is the quintessential look of an industrial-style kitchen. Concrete surfaces play a crucial role in the industrial aesthetic. It adds a little dose of urban grit and raw honesty to sleek interiors, and its patina creates an irresistible juxtaposition when paired with the traditionally luxurious materials with metallic, reflective or gilded finish.
The downside of using concrete is the considerable weight, porosity and relatively high maintenance to keep in shape. Its weight can strain floors and cabinet frames. And thanks to its porosity, concrete is also susceptible to stains, scratches and bacterial build-ups. Professional sealing is a must to keep it hygienic.
Enter Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection, a world’s first quartz surface collection that offers all the benefits, look and feel of concrete without the maintenance hassles. Quartz surface is non-porous, thus, it needs no sealing or polishing. It stays hygienic because it does not allow bacterial build-ups and mould, making it suitable for high performing wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Concrete may crack over time because of wear and tear, or less than flawless fabrication and installation. And once hairline cracks infest a concrete surface, it is near impossible to repair it. Quartz surface, in comparison, is virtually indestructible. Quartz is one of the hardest known minerals and Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces are made with 90 per cent quartz and they come with a 10-year warranty.
The collection consists of different colours and unique finishes to reflect authentic concrete, making them inspiring in kitchens, surprising in bathrooms and striking in hospitality settings. Each slab of Metropolitan collection is unique, featuring an organic pattern that never repeats.
Perhaps some of you like the idea of concrete, but find the rawness too much? 4011 Cloudburst Concrete is for you.
A decidedly romantic spin on concrete, 4011 Cloudburst Concrete features the lightest shade of grey and off-white that recall the look of alabaster. Solid in its presence but light as a cloud in its look, it is perfect to brighten up any space.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the 4033 Rugged Concrete. Designed to cater to lovers of unapologetically gritty urban look, this variant features a dark grey finish with a powdery white patina that mimics water stains. This rugged beauty lends an edge to any interiors, as illustrated by the kitchen below.
The latest two additions to the Metropolitan Collection are a more nuanced take on concrete.
The 4044 Airy Concrete will delight fans of New York-style lofts. It features the quintessential light grey concrete look with a warm undertone that goes well with all shades of timber and slate.
To elevate the look, simply pair with reflective surfaces and metallic accents like old gold or hammered brass.
The 4023 Topus Concrete presents a fine texture inspired by fossilised layers of mineral build-ups. Its blush undertone echoes the trendy pastels popular in contemporary interiors.
Pair it with neutral or off-white colours to add a subtle feminine touch or bring out the playfulness in the children’s area, or juxtapose it with dark timbers and black elements for a delicious contrast.
Just like concrete, the Caesarstone Metropolitan quartz surfaces can be customised to best fit your space. Simply request for Caesarstone from your interior designers or contractors to get your own bespoke quartz surface that offers all the charm and benefits of concrete, and none of its maintenance hassles.
View Caesarstone’s full collection colours and swatches in the brand new Digital Sample Book here and see how your favourite Caesarstone surface would look like paired with the ideal cabinet and flooring using the online visualiser here.