Is one of your resolutions for 2024 to make major upgrades to your home and give it a fresh, new look? There are many ways you can use decorative concrete to modernize your home indoors and out, from concrete countertops and floors to exterior concrete driveways, sidewalks, and patios. It’s also possible to give an existing concrete surface a complete makeover by applying a decorative overlay. Here are few ways you can use decorative concrete in the year ahead to make your home more attractive and increase its value.

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Make the switch to concrete floors

Tired of the constant upkeep required to maintain your carpeted or grouted tile floors? This year, you can eliminate that hassle once and for all by exposing the concrete subfloor and giving it a decorative finish. With its durability and endless customization and color options, concrete flooring offers the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality. It can be stained nearly any color, given a variety of textures and finishes, or polished to a sleek, high-gloss shine. In addition to being nearly indestructible, concrete floors are completely seamless and super-easy to clean. When properly sealed, they only need occasional dry or damp mopping to keep them looking like new.

Learn more about making the switch to concrete floors.

SUNDEK of Nashville in Goodlettsville, TN.

Update an outdoor living space

Revamping your backyard by installing a decorative concrete patio can significantly enhance your outdoor enjoyment while producing a high return on your home improvement investment. If you already have a concrete patio, look into some options for updating it, such as applying a coat of paint or an eye-catching stenciled design. Do you have dreams of making your backyard patio a hub for cooking and entertaining? Consider installing an outdoor kitchen, complete with decorative concrete countertops and other amenities.

See these tips for planning a beautiful and functional outdoor room or check out this post about outdoor improvements that add value to your home on

Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors in Springfield, IL. (Installation by MDRN Concrete Specialties in Northern Utah.)

Spruce up your home’s entryway

Nothing does more to improve a home’s curb appeal than creating an inviting entrance. All great entryways begin with a welcoming walkway that ushers visitors to the front door in grand fashion. Stamped or stenciled patterns, engraving, colored concrete, and staining are just a few of the ways you can enhance a concrete sidewalk design. To create even greater visual impact, have the concrete walkway lead to a decorative concrete stairway and landing that incorporates coordinating colors and patterns. If you have an existing concrete walkway in need of a facelift, there are a number of options for giving it a fresh, new look.

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KB Concrete Staining and Polishing in Norco, CA.

Upgrade to a stamped concrete driveway

The driveway is usually the first thing people see when they approach a house, so it can have a big impact on a home’s curb appeal. If your existing asphalt or plain gray concrete driveway has seen better days and is failing to turn heads, consider upgrading to a new decorative stamped concrete pavement. Not only is a concrete driveway more durable and longer lasting than asphalt (see Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway), it lends itself to a wide variety of patterns and textures that mimic stone, brick, slate, and other materials.

Have an existing concrete driveway that’s in sound condition but lacks personality? Give it a dramatic and lasting makeover by resurfacing it with a stampable concrete overlay.

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Replace your countertops

Refreshing a kitchen with new concrete countertops can be a great upgrade that adds value to your home and makes it more appealing to potential buyers. In many cases, a concrete countertop can be made for less than the cost of a granite or marble countertop while providing the same high-end look. (See how concrete matches up to other countertop materials.)

Perhaps the biggest advantage of a concrete countertop is its ability to be customized in color, shape, and finish. One of the unique looks you can achieve is a waterfall effect, where one or both ends of the concrete countertop drop straight down to the floor, like water going over a ledge. This trendy design option is not only big on wow factor, it can serve many practical purposes as well, such as providing a framework for built-in cabinetry, hiding appliances, or concealing plumbing.

Transform your garage floor

Make 2024 the year you say goodbye for good to your ugly, grease-stained garage floor. Using an epoxy garage floor coating, you can turn it into an attractive extension of your indoor living space by adding color, hiding imperfections, and improving wear resistance. Not only do these heavy-duty coatings resist abrasion, chemicals, stains, and hot tire marks, they can also be enhanced by decorative color chips to create the look of terrazzo. Although an epoxy coating is typically more expensive than a standard garage floor paint, it can last 15 years or longer when properly installed and maintained.

See these garage floor coating ideas.

Install a concrete fire table

If you’re looking for an easy, affordable way to extend the enjoyment of your outdoor space throughout the year, especially during the cooler months of fall, a great solution is a precast concrete fire table or fire bowl. Compared with outdoor concrete fireplaces, these freestanding units can be installed more quickly, take up less space, and can even be a used as a surface for serving food and entertaining, all while providing warmth and beautiful nighttime ambiance. Here’s an overview of some of your options, along with tips for creating the best fire feature for your space and budget.

Don’t be afraid to try something different

Do you have something really over the top in mind this year for your concrete floor, patio, or countertop? Maybe you want an unusual color scheme or a cool geometric design. The best thing about decorative concrete is that there are few limitations in color, finish, and shape. Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with your decorative concrete contractor. He will welcome the opportunity to be creative.

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