- Stamped Concrete
- Stained Concrete
- Decorative Concrete Overlays
- Colored Concrete
- Concrete Polishing
- Concrete Countertops
- Concrete Resurfacing
- Design Ideas for Decorative Concrete
- Concrete Designs: Decorative concrete ideas for patios, floors, driveways, pool decks, countertops, and more
- Six Hot Decorative Concrete Design Ideas on a Budget
- What Is Decorative Concrete?
- Glossary of Decorative Concrete Terms: What is a band? What is a field?
- Types of Textured Finishes: Float and trowel textures, broom finishes, rock salt
- Decorative Concrete Mix Design
- Decorative Concrete Cost
- Maintaining Decorative Concrete
- Cleaning Decorative Concrete
- Concrete Sealers
- Other Resources
- Going Green with Concrete Floors and Countertops: An overview of concrete's eco-friendly benefits
- Concrete Contractors: Find A Concrete Product Supplier or Distributor
White Concrete Floors, Countertops, Patios & MoreGet bright ideas for white concrete finishes both indoors and out
Not all cement used in concrete is gray. For decorative concrete, using white portland cement in place of the standard gray variety allows for brighter, richer colors to be achieved when pigments are added. But many contractors prefer to add no color at all and leave the concrete a bright, gleaming white.
IDEAS FOR USING WHITE CONCRETE
Indoors, applications for white concrete include:
- Decorative floors
- Fireplace surrounds
Outdoors, white concrete is often used for:
- Architectural accents
- Pillars and balustrades
- Light-reflective patios or driveways
See these examples of what can be done with white concrete, whether for aesthetic reasons or to save energy and reduce lighting needs.
For both of these projects, white cement was used to create porcelain-white concrete countertops that beautifully complement a neutral color palette. See the spectacular results.
White concrete floors, especially in an entryway, make a dramatic statement. For this entry, custom-cast concrete floor slabs serve as gleaming isles of white in a shallow indoor pool. Beyond aesthetics, white concrete floors also have high light reflectivity, amplifying the amount of natural light entering a home and reducing the need for artificial light.
This white concrete coffee table has become the focal point of a Manhattan penthouse, not only for its purity of color but also for its unusual geometric shape. The table was cast in four sections that fit together seamlessly.
Concrete Coffee Table Customizes Urban Living
White Stamped Concrete
For this project, a white-on-white color scheme was selected for a distinctive look and for its coolness factor. The checkerboard patio was poured with an uncolored concrete mix and stained with a solid white stain. After stamping, the joints were filled with a white grout, creating the white-on-white effect.
Outdoors, light-colored concrete driveways are brighter and more light reflective than asphalt, saving energy by reducing the need for lighting at night. In addition, light-colored concrete will absorb less solar radiation during the day, keeping concrete patios and pool decks cooler during the summer. Read what the Portland Cements Association says about the sustainable benefits of white concrete:
White Cement Concrete Reflects Sustainability
HOW TO MAKE CONCRETE WHITE
There are a variety of ways to make concrete white. Speak with a professional contractor to determine which method is best, as some options apply to new concrete pours, while others work on existing surfaces.
Consider these decorative techniques for making concrete white:
- Use a white concrete mix
- Apply a white concrete stain, paint or dye
- Add a white concrete pigment to the mix
- Install a white epoxy floor coating
- Resurface your concrete with a white overlay
WHY IS MY CONCRETE TURNING WHITE?
If your concrete has a white film, powder, or mold developing on the surface, it might be efflorescence. See this Guide to Concrete Efflorescence to learn why it happens and how to fix it.