Concrete patio designs do not have to be boring! Here are some interesting ways to many your patio interesting and exciting. One idea is to add color to the concrete.
The other is to create a large, geometric pattern. (This is different than stamped concrete.) Read on to find out more.
Although there are various methods of adding color to concrete, the most long lasting way is to add the color right into the concrete mixture before it is poured.
I had a client once who stained his concrete pool decking, and in no time the color was coming off! So don't do it this way.
You can select from many colors, although keeping them soft and natural will look best for the concrete decorative patio or pool paving. For example, colors such as light to medium gray, beige and even soft peach are nice choices.
I once worked on a project where we used a combination of a very quiet peach and Tennessee Crab Orchard stone...this was a great color blend. The natural stone added to the cost and was more than just using concrete, but if something like this is within your budget, you might consider it. It's a nice compromise!
When the color is added to the concrete mixture it will be streak free, long lasting and non-fading.
Acid based stains are another interesting way to color concrete, as you can see in this concrete design
(2nd photo). The color is variegated and translucent. It gives an aged
look, with shades of color similar to natural stone. The process can be
tricky, so an experienced professional should be used.
Very attractive concrete patio designs can be made by creating a pattern of squares. The geometry is created by scoring the concrete. Squares can be created in various sizes. Eighteen inch to twenty four inch squares are a good place to start as considerations.
One of the advantages of this method, is that construction joints, which keep concrete from cracking, are blended into the scoring pattern. They are not visible.
This concrete patio design process works well on hardscape that has a large expanse of concrete, such as patios or swimming pool decking.
You might lay the concrete pattern straight or you might give it even more interest by laying it on the diagonal.
Considering pavers too? See my comparison between concrete and pavers.
This is another patio material that can be used to create a concrete decorative patio. However, I stay away from this method. Most people find this attractive because there are many patterns available that look like natural stone.
The problem is the construction joints. If you have a natural stone pattern, you will see a straight line (construction joint) going through the paving. It's very unattractive.
Concrete patio designs are one of the least expensive ways to have a patio but within a budget. When used, a project can be very attractive if some of the above methods are incorporated to give the patio or pool decking some spice!
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