Yes, concrete has about one million practical uses. (Not including forever leaving your mark on the world when it's wet.) But the material is also aesthetically supreme and can be just the unexpected detail you didn't realize a room was missing. Check out these 19 concrete pieces we're sweet on:
This item combines two of our favorite things: concrete and pink. So we really couldn't think of a prettier way to display your business cards.
Go geometric by adding these handmade candle holders to your dining room table.
We're not quite sure what "faux concrete" is, but this pendant lamp — which you can find at Target — certainly looks ultra fancy.
Who knew that concrete could be manipulated to almost look like marble? Gorg.
How about a sturdy incense holder? Pick from an unfinished concrete version, or light blue or forest green to suit your decor.
Have you heard? Asos has fantastic homewares. These magnetic (ooh!) planters are proof — and their price is right.
We love a good grid motif, so give your living room or patio a contemporary upgrade with this concrete-topped side table.
The best thing about this soy candle? Once it's done you can totally repurpose the container.
Give your desk a substantial upgrade with some concrete accessories.
If you're looking to work concrete in its purest form, choose pieces that are purely industrial — like this West Elm side table.
This two-piece glass and concrete vase features an elegant juxtaposition that would work perfectly with minimalist decor.
These planters may be simple, but the subtle rim details make them completely eye-catching.
Guess what? Rose gold and concrete are a match made in heaven. Exhibit A: This jewelry stand.
Concrete coasters are an unexpected touch that will make a party feel just a bit more sophisticated.
Wow: This Antrho lamp looks like it should cost way more than it does.
Yes, you can totally DIY a midcentury-inspired plant stand. But you could also just buy one if you've got other plans.
This lantern should be a patio staple.
If you just want to dip your toes into the world of concrete, try these modern wall hooks.
This Italian-made speaker looks cool, that's for sure. But its technology is also very impressive: It apparently has a "gestural interface," meaning you can control it by swiping or hovering your hand.
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