Selecting colors for concrete flooring
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Tips for Choosing the Right Stain Color
One of the best attributes of concrete stain is that the color is permanent and won’t wear away. This makes it especially important to choose your colors wisely, selecting something that complements your current decorating scheme yet is versatile enough to accommodate future changes in your design plans.
To pick the best color and type of stain for your project, it will help to ask the following questions:
Acid-based chemical stains come in a more limited color palette than water-based stains, but their earthy tones are well-suited for accenting the natural characteristics of concrete, resulting in an organic look with a rich patina. They produce warm, variegated coloring effects that blend particularly well with Old World or Tuscan-style design schemes.
Water-based acrylic stains come in a much broader spectrum of hues. Most manufacturers offer dozens of standard colors, and even metallic tints. Here, too, the different colors can be mixed, like water-based paints, to broaden your options.
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Prepare a color sample first
Always apply stain to a small test area before covering the entire concrete surface. With some stain colors, what you see in liquid form may not be what you get once the stain has reacted with the concrete surface. Also be aware that color effects will generally be more intense on new concrete than on older or weathered concrete. Most stain manufacturers will provide color charts or even actual samples of stained concrete to help you visualize the options.