Decorative concrete is a way to spruce up the outside of your home. When you are landscaping, you know that you can get color through the flowers and other plants in your yard, but with decorative concrete you can bring in more new colors into your landscape designs. You will also find that you can establish a new look with stamped decorative concrete and concrete that has special embedding.
If you do not want to purchase a whole set of concrete elements for your landscape, there are ways to improve your existing concrete to make it more decorative. You can have your concrete stained with special concrete dyes that will give your landscape a whole new look.
There are many colors to choose from, depending on the type of dying that is taking place. The weather, color, and other process elements will determine what kind fo process is used to dye your concrete.
Choosing Decorative Elements
Decorative concrete can come in a variety of different elements. You can have some simple concrete pathways in your yard, or you can go all out and make your driveway just as beautiful as the rest of your home.
What you do with your decorative concrete usually falls to the budget. The bigger the budget, the better your concrete can look.
Stamping is a common decorative element that works well for edging paths or flower beds. You will find that there are many different patterns that can be stamped into the concrete, so you can find whatever you want to match your personal style.
Embedding is another decorative element. With embedding, it can be practical elements or aesthetic ones. The practical elements that can be embedded are things such as brass rails that will serve as pot holders on a shelf or countertop. You can also embed things in your concrete just to create an individual look.
Many people find the look of shell and fossils an interesting way to spruce up their decorative concrete. You can use embedding in a variety of different decorative concrete elements, but it is generally not recommended of concrete that you will drive on or walk on.
What Can You Use Decorative Concrete For?
Decorative concrete can be used indoors or outdoors. You will be surprised at how elegant a stained decorative concrete floor will look in a large living room or dining room. You can also use dyed and stamped concrete for those small pathways through your yard.
If you have a large backyard, a path is the perfect way to decorate the landscape and also serve a function. Now no one has to walk over your finely manicured lawn. Instead, they can use the path.
Outdoors, you can also use decorative concrete for fireplaces, fire pits, water features, and landscape borders. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you can even create a whole outdoor kitchen with decorative concrete. The possibilities are nearly endless. All you need is a little imagination.
See Also: Reinforcement for Decorative Concrete
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