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Concrete Stain Color Inspiration for Every Room

February 20, 2019

Stained concrete works across many different design styles. Not only is it stylish and durable, stained concrete is cost effective and a natural alternative that can be used from flooring to fireplaces.

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Photo: Julie Soefer Photography. From: Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Wealth of Colors + Textures

"The fireplace surround was originally covered in a dated 'river rock' stone, and the clients wanted a more contemporary, streamlined look," says designer Marie Flanigan. "I love that the concrete fabricator was able to pour the fireplace surround with minimal seaming to achieve a smooth look that still lends textural variety."

As to the popularity of concrete, Marie says, "Once treated with a sealant, concrete is impervious to stains—making it a hassle-free option for homeowners. The technology behind the material has also improved, making it stronger and lighter than ever before."

Marie adds, "We can now craft thick concrete counters without adding substantial weight and it can be incorporated into furnishings without worrying about cracking. Combine all of that with a wealth of available colors and textures (from smooth and refined to rustic and industrial), and it becomes a versatile design element suitable for almost any home."

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Photo: Agave Custom Homes; Mark Adams Media. From: Barron Custom Design.

Polished Taupe

We love how the light, mottled effect of the stained taupe concrete floor grounds this modern, yet cozy, bedroom design. Layered with a rug, the effect is cool and comfortable.

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Photo: Tessa Neudstadt. From: Stefani Stein.

Industrial Gray

This kitchen's style is modern and clean with a blend of materials and neutral colors that provide interest. The stained concrete floor is a cool, updated element that grounds the space with subtle movement.

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Photo: Tom Queally Photography. From: Creative Spaces Interior Design.

Works Across Different Design Styles

To finish off this "industrial artist" design in Echo Park, CA, Debby Adelman of Creative Spaces Interior Design used lightweight concrete for the floor, which was then faux finished with stain and stencils to detail and "age" it.

Debby loves when a client is open to the idea, "Stained concrete can work with a variety of styles: industrial, mid-century, farmhouse, rustic, and modern, to name a few. It is a material that does not break the bank," she explains.

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