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Stamped concrete is often colored using dust-on concrete color hardeners. Dry color pigments are spread over the surface of the newly poured concrete before the stamping process begins. Some of the most popular colors are Adobe Buff, Stone Gray, Cappuccino, Light Gray, and Terra Cotta. Decorative concrete contractors often combine these colors using different color tones on each texture pattern to create one of a kind concrete patios, pool decks, driveways, and walkways. Color chart provided by Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors, Inc.

Adobe Buff
Stone Gray
Light Gray
Terra Cotta
Sun Buff
Smokey Beige
Cream Beige

Two of the most popular methods for coloring newly placed concrete are integral coloring admixtures and dry-shake color hardeners. Both infuse concrete with rich, long-lasting, fade-resistant color, and in the case of color hardeners, even improve surface hardness and durability. Stamped concrete contractors often use one or both of these coloring mediums to produce a backdrop for contrasting accent or antiquing colors, such as pigmented powdered or liquid release agents, possibly supplemented by chemical stains or tints. This layering of color is what enables contractors to produce such natural tonal replications.

Colors schemes for stamped concrete are often selected to blend with other architectural elements of the home or the natural surroundings. Subtle earth-tone shades are popular for outdoor pavements, but concrete can also be the canvas for bolder, more vivid color schemes. Dyes and newer acrylic-based stains are available in vibrant tones such as red, yellow, orange and cobalt blue. More decorative contractors are using these products to rev up their color palettes.

Design ideas for coloring stamped concrete:

Unique Concrete, West Milford, N.J.


A titanium-white color scheme gives this stamped pool deck a distinctive look and “coolness factor,” making it comfortable to walk on even under the hot summer sun. White concrete can be created using white Portland cement or by adding titanium dioxide to the mix.

Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, Va.

Variegated Color Accents

Natural stone often features multiple colors. To achieve an authentic look with stamped concrete many contractors hand-color their work to create variegation or marbling. In this case, custom mixed colors were selectively applied to mimic the highlights present in natural slate.

J&H Decorative Concrete, Uniontown, Ohio

A Perfect Match

One of the most important things to consider when selecting colors for stamped concrete is how they will blend with your home’s existing color scheme. In this case, the color inspiration was taken from the home’s brick and trim. The main fields of pavement were colored with Brickform’s Pecos sand color hardener, accented with a walnut release agent. The border color was walnut mixed with an oyster white color hardener to lighten it slightly.