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With the multitude of design options possible with stamped concrete, zeroing in on a specific pattern and color scheme can be quite a challenge, but well worth your time and effort. Remember, stamped concrete will last a long time and be a highly visible architectural element of your home or business, so it's important to choose a design that harmonizes with the setting and will still appeal to you 10 years from now and beyond (or to a potential buyer when you sell your property).
Decorative concrete contractors around the country have sent us awesome pictures and stories about unique jobs they've been doing. Read about them here to get ideas for your decorative concrete project. Find out how the projects were designed and created, what techniques and products were used, and any special challenges that were overcome during construction.
Here are some resources for good design ideas and a few tips for narrowing down your options:
- Look at other stamped concrete installations in your neighborhood or visit The Concrete Network Photo Gallery to pinpoint the patterns and color combinations that appeal to you most. You can also find stunning photos of stamped concrete installations in brochures and other literature from stamping tool manufacturers and in how-to books on stamping, such as Bob Harris' Guide to Stamped Concrete.
- Get inspiration from your surrounding landscape and home's architectural style. For example, if your house has a brick exterior, consider echoing that theme in the stamped concrete, whether in a simple brick-patterned border or the entire driveway. Choose color tones that complement the roof, exterior facade and other structural elements of your home-or for indoor installations, the walls and interior design scheme. Check out our outdoor style palettes for additional help selecting textures and colors for your stamped concrete.
- Consult with an architect or landscape designer. These professionals specialize in seeing the "big picture" and can provide you with conceptual drawings to work with so you don't have to rely on imagination alone.
- Attend local home expos and stop by the exhibits of decorative concrete contractors to see examples of their best work. Or go directly to the source by visiting the showrooms of concrete contractors in your area. Often they have design centers displaying samples of the stamp patterns and color selections they offer.
Once you settle on a favorite look, you'll need to find a skilled contractor who can replicate it. Use ConcreteNetwork.com's Find a Contractor database to quickly locate stamped concrete contractors in your area.