Staining Concrete Offers Design Versatility
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Stains are a great way to add color to concrete both indoors and out. They are frequently used on interior concrete flooring and outdoor patios and more to impart rich colors. Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute describes stains as producing an organic look with a rich patina and warm variegated color effects. Stains are best known for earthy colors, however in recent years the palette has begun to expand.

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CONCRETE ACID STAIN COLORS

Acid stains provide natural color and depth to concrete floors and other surfaces. Many homeowners are attracted to the transparent, variegated finish that these stains impart. The palette for acid stains is usually limited to earthy tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas and soft blue-greens.

Kemiko Stone Tone Stains:

These sample colors from Kemiko Decorative & Industrial Floor Finishes can give you an idea of the types of hues available.

Aqua Blue
Black
Cola
English Red
Garden Gold
Golden Wheat
Green Lawn
Malay Tan
Vintage Umber
Walnut

Acid Stain Color Chart (PDF).

WATER-BASED STAIN COLORS

Comparatively, water-based stains come in a much broader range of hues, including black, white and even vivid yellow or orange. According to Chris Sullivan, author of the e-book Concrete Staining Today, the introduction of new stain technology allows contractors to achieve colors and finishes that are even more unique then those previously obtained from classic acid-based stains alone.

Brickform ARTesian Water-Based Stain Colors:

These sample colors from Brickform can give you an idea of the variety of shades available.

Burlap
Camelback
Cajun Red
Chestnut
Olympic Bronze
Greenbelt
Sandbank
Salmon
Tigereye
Dried Thyme

Water-Based Stain Color Chart (PDF).

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CONCRETE DYE COLORS

Dyes take the color vibrancy up another level. Often used on polished concrete floors or to make bold graphics, logos or stenciled designs.

Westcoat Fast Stain Powdered Dye:

Here is a sample of possible colors for concrete using concrete dyes. From Westcoat, Fast Stain is a solvent soluble, deep penetrating powdered dye that provides a wide-ranging color palette. When mixed with acetone, the dyes dry in seconds. They are used for both residential and commercial interior applications.

Blue
Burnt Orange
Green
Light Brown
Black
Aquamarine
Brown
Yellow
Navy
Gray
Pink
Sage Green
Red
Purple
Dark Brown
Royal Blue
Kelly Green
Red Brown

Concrete Dye Color Chart (PDF)

MOST POPULAR CONCRETE STAIN COLORS

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Here are the colors we used used most often:

  • Grey concrete stain
  • Black concrete stain
  • White concrete stain
  • Blue concrete stain
  • Brown concrete stain
  • Red concrete stain
  • Terracotta concrete stain
  • Charcoal concrete stain
  • Walnut concrete stain

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SEMI TRANSPARENT VS. SOLID COLOR CONCRETE STAIN

Traditional stains will give you a semi-transparent finish great for accenting the natural cracks and imperfections of your concrete surface. However, solid color stains are available if you wish to completely cover your existing concrete. These are applied in a similar manner to paint or coatings.

OUTDOOR CONCRETE STAIN VS. INTERIOR CONCRETE STAIN

Concrete stains are great to use both indoors and outdoors. Applications range from:

  • Walkways and patios
  • Indoor floors
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Vertical surfaces like walls or fireplaces

Many stains offer UV stability and wear resistance, limiting fading and making your surface look vibrant for years to come. Indoors, water-based stains offer low VOCs, little to no odor and a wider color palette. Outdoors, acid stains offer the most realistic coloring for mimicking natural materials.

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CUSTOM COLORS, UNIQUE COMBINATIONS, & SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

Since both acid and water-based stains produce a color unique to each stained surface, it is wise to test the color or colors you select before having them applied to an entire floor or patio. Request that your contractor apply a small amount of stain in an inconspicuous place so that you can be confident in your color choice.

If you are not happy with the test color, don’t feel limited to the options shown by stain manufacturers, many contractors can custom blend stains to create the exact shade you desire. Plus, different application techniques can be used to achieve unique looks. See some examples of staining techniques.

Shop for Concrete Stains
Reactive Concrete Stain Ready to use. Produces translucent, variegated, and other effects.
Stone Tone Stain 10 color options. Resistant to chipping and fading.
Concrete Acid Stain BRICKFORM Blush-Tone Acid Stain available in 10 standard colors

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