While sealers mainly darken a concrete patio's appearance and paints turn the surface completely opaque, stains offer a middle ground with a variety of colorful tones and textures dependent upon application. They come in two types: acid-based chemical and water-based acrylic. Both will permanently apply color to your concrete patio.
Bathed in sunlight from a wall of windows and a skylight, this modern open-plan kitchen and dining room are tied together by a stained concrete floor. Pendant lighting in copper and a wood dining room table add welcome color and a contrast of finish.
Bold, graphic wallpaper leads into this small contemporary bathroom, where classic subway tile plays a central role. Stained concrete grounds the space, while a sleek black vanity adds to the modern feel.
Dark stained concrete flooring used indoors continues out to the home's deck. A steel and glass railing encloses the space, and an outdoor sofa and pair of armchairs provide comfy seating to take in the lakefront views.
Custom wine cabinets highlight one of the seating areas in the Beckrew Wine House in Houston's Upper Kirby District. High-top tables are paired with white leather barstools for intimate seating, while stained concrete floors ground the space.
Consider alternative materials for creating your outdoor room. Shells, wine bottles, crushed glass and fossils make stunning outdoor countertops. Using different hardscape materials — like stamped or stained concrete — can save you a bundle while infusing the backyard with style.