Last Updated Apr 4, 2013 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Concrete is a great, practical flooring and building material but why settle for drab, grey concrete when there are some brilliant colours available? Here’s what you need to know!
Coloured concrete is simply concrete that has had a specific colour added to it. There are different ways to add colour to concrete. The first is to mix pigments (such as iron oxides) into the concrete so that the colour is distributed entirely throughout the concrete. Because the colour is all the way through the concrete, surface erosion over time will not affect the look or depth of the colour. The second way to add colour to concrete is to “dust” a colour hardener on top of plain concrete while it is still wet. Other options include stamped or stencilled concrete, which add not only colour but patterns, allowing you to replicate different paving designs and materials.
You can use coloured concrete for just about anything but it is particularly ideal for flooring such as interior flooring, driveways, pathways, polished concrete floors, or pavers. Why settle for plain, grey concrete when you can create something vibrant and attractive at a very economical cost?
There are many different colours for you to choose from. As well, you can combine it with other things such as aggregates and surface textures in order to create the exact look that you want. For example, you could use an aggregate that matches the concrete colour in order to create a textured look or you could contrast the concrete and aggregate colours in order to create an interesting look. One great tip is to look at the existing colours in your home and garden, and take inspiration from those.
If you do choose coloured concrete, it is a good idea to apply a sealer over the top of it. This is so that it stays looking fantastic and prevents stains from affecting the surface. It also makes it much easier to keep the concrete clean.