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).

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Stamped Concrete Options

Stamped Concrete Patios

Tips and design ideas for using stamps to add texture to a concrete patio

Stamped Concrete Driveways

Tips and design ideas for using stamps to add pattern and texture to a concrete driveway

Stamped Concrete Pool Decks

Tips and design ideas for using stamps to add pattern, texture and color to a concrete pool deck

Seamless Stamped Concrete

Design ideas for using seamless texture skins on concrete patios, pool decks, driveways and more

Stamped Concrete Mimics Stone

See how concrete can be used to create faux stone patios and more

Replicating Wood with Concrete

See how concrete can be used to create faux stone patios and more

Stamped Concrete Style Match-Ups

Examples of Old-World, modern, rustic, traditional and tropical stamped concrete patterns

Where to Use Stamped Concrete

A photo tour of stamped concrete driveways, pool decks, patios and more across the country

Commercial Stamped Concrete

Design ideas for using stamps to add pattern and texture to high-profile pavements

Design Videos

Stamped Concrete Patios

Cohen shows some of his favorite patterns and techniques for stamped concrete patios and walkways.
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Pool Decking Options

Get ideas on selecting the right pool decking for your home. Visit several backyard pool decks.
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Ideas for Customizing Stamped Concrete

Here are creative ways to customize your stamped concrete project:

Use one pattern in the field and a different pattern on the borders

Opt for hand-coloring to make your stamped concrete look even more like real stone

Use radial or medallion stamps to create a focal point in the center of your patio or driveway

Ask your contractor to do their best to disguise the control joints amongst the stamp pattern

Pair stamped concrete with exposed aggregate for a unique contrast in texture

Switch stamp patterns to designate different spaces within your outdoor entertaining area

Continue the stamp pattern over your steps or use form liners to give them a look all their own

Have a custom stamp made featuring a logo, name or emblem

Where to get Ideas for Stamped Concrete

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.

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