Concrete Stain Color Inspiration for Every Room

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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February 20, 2019

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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."

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.

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.

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.

Dark-Gray Stained Console

A long, fine-lined stained concrete console table adds a little unexpected edge when paired with sea-glass table lamps, woven baskets, and a whimsical mirror in this gorgeous nook.

Stylish & Durable

Concrete is a smart selection for kitchen flooring and a durable, easy-care option. The concrete floors in this environmentally friendly Dallas home are enhanced by the warm wood cabinetry and the cool marble countertops and backsplash.

Fuss-Free Floor

"Our client wanted a clean, museum-like feel to the house and didn’t want to fuss with wood floors," says designer Sarah Wittenbraker. "Concrete provides a layer of texture and interest, while also being clean, budget-friendly, and low maintenance."

"Stained concrete works well in modern spaces and offers a 'worry free’ palette for entertaining: No need to worry about stains and spills! The concrete adds interest and movement and works well within this modern space," Sarah says.

Marbleized Finish

As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, in the newly renovated Magnolia House bed and breakfast, custom concrete countertops have a marbleized finish. Combined with the stainless vent hood and wooden shelving, this results in a contemporary-rustic feel.

Light & Bright Finish

Custom-stained polished concrete flooring in a light finish gives the look of natural stone and is just right in this chic, modern home.

Naturally Neutral

"I wanted a floating vanity for this small bathroom, so that more floor area could be exposed. Concrete enabled me to integrate a simple modern shaped vanity, and the curved integral sink," says designer Amy (Bubier) Klosterman.

"The modern lines of concrete are balanced by the earthy natural patina. It works well in different interior styles, blending organic with contemporary," Amy says. "The mottled neutral hues and contemporary lines of this concrete vanity/sink, were key elements in achieving a spa feel in this compact space."

Light-Gray Stained Kitchen Countertops

Bold blue cabinets make a statement against white subway tile and easy-care light-gray stained concrete countertops in this mid-century modern kitchen.

Taupe-Tint Vanity

In this bathroom, a variety of styles meld together beautifully. With the custom poured and stained concrete sink as the focal point, the room is both rustic and contemporary. The sea grass wallpaper and mother of pearl pendant light add the transitional element.

Budget-Friendly & Green Material

"We had decided to go with stained concrete floors for budget reasons, so using a light-colored concrete counter material seemed like a natural mate for it," says Amy. "It had the modern industrial look that I was after, and it was less expensive than using a quartz with a thicker edge detail and waterfall edge."

"I wanted a contemporary, effortless style with clean edges and lines, and matte finishes. The concrete countertops and stained concrete floors were affordable and 'green,' both of which were important to the homeowner," Amy says.

Warm Tint Resembles Hardwood

Stained and polished concrete flooring is a smart choice in this Dallas pet hotel. As warm and inviting as wood, this floor can stand up to much more wear and tear while still feeling finished and upscale.

Space Defining Stain

Concrete flooring, stained in a neutral cocoa, delineates the kitchen from the living room with its polished wood floors. Sleek countertops and cabinetry work well with the concrete to keep the room fresh and modern.

Organic Stain Color Selection

Designer Jeff Troyer used stained concrete for this contemporary outdoor patio project. "We wanted a simple and organic palette of materials with clean lines," he explains. "It's very modern and can be used to create sharp [details]. The color choices are endless [and] it's also more economical than natural stone."

Stained & Sealed Concrete Floors Are Low-Maintenance

White paneling and cabinets pair up with the pale stained concrete floor to give this open-concept kitchen a light and breezy feel.

Matte-Like Finish

As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the stained cement countertop in the master bathroom of this home mimics natural stone at a fraction of the cost of the real deal.

Natural Hues

This home's kitchen and dining area features wood, stone, and a polished concrete floor to give the space a natural, modern look with an industrial kick.

Mottled Masterpiece

This light and bright kitchen leaves plenty of room for the beautifully finished, mottled gray concrete floor to really shine.

Glossy Gray

Concrete floors in the basement never looked this good! In this open-plan design, the stained and polished concrete floor adds interest and depth, and plays beautifully off the texture of the brick fireplace.

Rugged & Industrial Stain Color

A stained concrete bar gives the look of marble or granite while being a lot more durable and wallet-friendly. Accompanied by leather barstools and sofas and surrounded by exposed brick, the result is hip, contemporary, and welcoming.

Matte Gray Tone

Stained concrete grounds the front lounge of Houston's Beckrew Wine House giving it a casual, but polished, feel.

High-Gloss Stain

In this living room in Big Sky, Mont., the stained concrete floor leads out to a concrete patio, creating a smooth transition between the indoors and out.

Marbled Look

This music room really rocks with oversized artwork on the walls and an organically patterned, stained concrete floor.

Complementary Concrete

Stained a deep brown, redolent of tanned leather, the poured concrete floor in this Craftsman-inspired kitchen gives a rich, earthy look to the space. It's a nice play on the cinderblock-look of the combed basalt backsplash.

Contrasting Stain Colors

While sealers can darken a concrete'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.

Concrete Sink With Dark Stain

With its neutral color scheme, this small master bathroom is the perfect spot for a chocolate-hued stained concrete sink and countertop. The sleek, chic material and finish is a standout against white subway tile.

Stained Gray Flooring Allows Home to Shine

The pink fireplace in this large space is quite a showpiece, especially when surrounded by cement block walls and polished stained concrete floors. The overall effect is industrial and quirky.

Natural Stain Tones for the Outdoors

Consider natural materials when creating your outdoor room. Using different hardscape materials—like the amber-hued stained concrete seen here—can save you money while infusing your backyard with style.

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