If anyone told me a few years ago I’d be adding a concrete worktop in to my house, I would have laughed in their face. However, inspired by an episode of Grand Designs and a conversation with RMW’s Lolly we decided when we finally tackle our downstairs loo, we’ll be going for the ‘builders have just left’ look.

Grey is my favourite neutral so a big tick for concrete there. Although luxury, sleek and sophisticated aren’t the first words to pop in my head when I think of cement, the images that are cropping up in my Pinterest feed suggest for a luxe, modern look we should be choosing this material.

Has anyone been watching The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade on BBC2? The homeowners tackling big renovations on the show are warming to concrete too. Last week some rather vibrant kitchen walls showcased more subdued counter tops. Though the colour wasn’t really my thing, the worktops were.

If you don’t want to go to the whole hog, here are a few decor pieces you could add for an urban contemporary look.

Concrete Topped Side Table, £225.00, Cox & Cox

I love the contrast between the smooth oak legs and the rugged concrete top of this Cox and Cox table. It would make a perfect bedside table or an extra surface in the living room.

Fraser Grey Lamp, £60, BHS

I am really coveting this grey lamp from BHS. Moulded concrete has been paired with a hessian shade to create a more rustic piece. I’m really tempted to get one for my living room.

Concrete Bowls, £15.10, Cachette

Perfect stacked in the bathroom for all your odds and ends, these concrete bowls are a sleek way to get the trend.

Concrete Name Sign, From £12.00, Etsy

This driftwood sign is a subtle way to embrace the new craze and can be made to order with your chosen word. Available from Etsy.

White and Grey Vase, £30.00, French Connection

Classic and contemporary, this concrete vase with painted detail would make a fabulous addition to a dining room or living space.

What are your thoughts on concrete? Have you added any to your home yet?

Image sources DIY table | Bench piled with magazines | Kitchen | Bathroom