A once-plain gray concrete walkway, step and porch floor has a stone-like appearance. The concrete was resurfaced by Concrete Craft, which used multiple colors to create a custom-blended stains designed to mimic the look of stone. Concrete Craft says the process is a low-maintanence, affordable alternative to natural stone.
Custom hand-carved stone statues add an artistic element to this outdoor space with swimming pool. A decorative concrete staining technique using acid chemical stains tints the concrete plinths and nearby fire bowls to match the look of the aged statue fountains. Black iridescent glass with charcoal gray grout surrounds the spa that spills into channels and back to pool.
Clean, straight lines characterize this modern backyard, which features an angular pool and hot tub with a dark-stained wood deck. Concrete walkways surround swaths of green grass, and a small structure with a pergola is a convenient pool house.
A dramatic archway composed of wood slats and iron frame blend beautifully with a vibrant stained glass door in this front entry. Painted concrete containers sunken into the ground create a pretty space for planting while leveling out a sloped walkway.
Patchwork concrete tile creates a decorative flooring for the open patio. The stain on the wood patio furniture makes a beautiful statement against the surroundings. Concrete stairs travel through planted sections with natural rock retainers to the outdoor living pavilion.
This entryway boasts a gorgeous, modern look. Frosted glass walls create some privacy and allow the polished stone door to shine. Stained wood contrasts beautifully with the light concrete floor that steps down to the door.
Light concrete and stainless steel create a soft contrast against the natural hues of the trees and plants surrounding this deck. Stained wood transitions to the natural landscaping. A waterfall structure flows down into a circular pool, complementing the cascading movement of the deck levels.
Developed specifically for countertops, Granicrete has the great modern look of concrete, but is seamless and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as being bacteria-proof and stain-proof. The waterfall edge here creates an especially sleek look, without the weight and cost of poured concrete.
This stunning living room borrows from French country style in creating an updated traditional feel. Unique features include the concrete columns that have been faux finished to reflect saw-cut travertine. Tea-stained walls add depth to the space, yet another special addition to this well-appointed room.
This modern-rustic home features stained and scored concrete floors, a stacked-stone fireplace and glass walls framed by natural wood that blends into the surrounding forest. The room's open, airy design evokes the feel of living in a cozy, modern treehouse. Ample seating is sleek and modern.
This contemporary kitchen incorporates a café-style breakfast island made of concrete for casual dining. Shaker cabinets in a warm brown stain blend with honed stone flooring to continue the inviting atmosphere.
A covered entrance, vertical gardens and concrete stained a warm terra cotta hue brought the Birds of Prey Courtyard Garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 alive. Designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design, the living walls are draped with conifers, mosses, collectible Japanese maples and rare miniature baobab-type trees.
In this open dining and living room, the striking two-way fireplace acts as a room divider, and the cool gray concrete creates a modern backdrop. Over the table, glass pendants have an industrial laboratory feel. The stained wood table and chairs and ochre-painted cabinet warm up the space.
The cabinetry in this modern kitchen was custom designed by Geremia Design. The kitchen island is made out of concrete, serving as a unique surface for the kitchen. It is actually Nu-Crete, which is a patented product that doesn't stain.
White railing works well with any deck board and complements brick, shingles, stucco, or vinyl and fiber-cement siding. It’s a great look for stairs and porches, too. Fiberon Symmetry Railing features a classic profile in a sturdy, low-maintenance composite that never needs paint or stain.
A stained cedar fence guarantees privacy in this home's side yard, where a mix of pine and oak trees, ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant perennials comprise the landscape design. The home's eco-friendly, exterior building materials include both smooth and scraped synthetic limestone blocks and fiber-cement siding, a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.
Developed specifically for countertops, Granicrete is seamless and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as being bacteria-proof and stain-proof. It's available in stone-like patterns like the one featured here, perfect in a more traditional kitchen. The surface never needs resealing as “real” concrete would.