By Katie Holdefehr
Photo: Annie Schlechter

Recently, the classic farmhouse sink has been showing up in an unexpected material.

It's safe to say that the classic farmhouse sink will never go out of style. In fact, this popular kitchen feature even landed a spot on our list of timeless kitchen trends. While the farmhouse sink isn't going anywhere, the style is suddenly showing up in a trendy material: concrete. Traditionally, farmhouse sinks are crafted from porcelain or stainless steel, but recently, concrete farmhouse sinks have been appearing in custom kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms on Instagram and Pinterest. A mix of timeless design and on-trend material, the concrete farmhouse sink is a trend to watch in 2019.

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According to Wayfair data, searches for concrete furniture and decor is up 50 percent on the site this year. And browsing through our Instagram feeds, the material is popping up in designer kitchens—in farmhouse sinks, as a countertop material, even as industrial-style pendant lights. Considering the durability of concrete, this surprising sink material actually serves a practical purpose. But because concrete is porous and softer than stones like granite, it will show signs of wear and patina, so it's not for those who want a flawless finish. For this same reason, concrete sinks will fair better in the bathroom than in the kitchen, where it will have to stand up to sauce stains and sharp utensils. But for those who are okay with patina, concrete delivers serious style. Want the visual proof? Here's how designers and stylists are incorporating this material into their homes, plus some pretty options to buy.

Concrete Sink Inspiration

In this charming cabin owned by designer Julie D. O'Rourke and featured on Remodelista, a concrete sink fits seamlessly with the room's rustic style. Wood shelving and floors help warm up the room, preventing the concrete from looking too cold.

In the beautiful studio of Australian florist A Little Bohemia Weddings, a concrete double sink threatens to outshine the stunning floral arrangements. Paired with a sleek black faucet, the look is stylish and modern.

Concrete sinks work outside of the kitchen, too. In this mudroom by Enoki Design, an angular concrete sink set atop a metal and wood pedestal makes concrete look surprisingly elegant.

Beautiful Concrete Sinks to Buy

This 15-by-15-inch concrete sink would be a sleek addition to a wet bar.

To buy: Native Trail Concrete Farmhouse Sink, $544 (originally $1,008), wayfair.com.

This stunner of a bathroom console is actually a porcelain sink nestled in a modern concrete slab and set atop a pretty wood-and-metal stand. The effect is a piece that can work in bathrooms of several styles, ranging from rustic to ultra-modern.

To buy: Frances Single Console, $1,799, potterybarn.com.

For a customized look, opt for this half-trough sink that comes in your choice of eight concrete color options.

To buy: 24” Lavare Vanity with Concrete Half-Trough Sink, $1,800; trueform.com.

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