Concrete Stain Colors – How To Choose

One of the strangest houses I ever saw, and it was actually almost unsettling to be in, seemed to have no rhyme or reason to the floor treatments. They had painted the floor of each room a different color and they were not bland colors either. As you went from one room to another you never knew what you might find from blood red to aqua blue. It never dawned on me how import a floor is for making a room and a home comfortable to live in. But after that experience I knew what didn’t work.
Don’t get caught in this sort of a predicament if you choose to stain your concrete floors. As you learn how to stain concrete floors think about the end result before you actually spend the time and money to apply a color that you actually may not like at all. Have you ever seen those color cards that you can take home to see what color would be good for your walls? Well you can do the same thing with stains. The problem is, one of those little squares of color is not going to give you a very good idea of what an entire floor of that color will look like. So here is another idea. Buy a cheap piece of primed plywood or paneling. It should be very light in color. Get some stain of the same color you are thinking about for the floor and apply it to the panel. Then lay this 4′ by 8′ sheet on the floor in front of all the walls in the rooms you plan to stain the floors in. This will give you a very good idea of what the total results will be as you paint on the stain to the floor. It isn’t perfect, but it is a reasonably true representation. You very well may decide that the red-orange stain that looked so good on the can doesn’t really work as well in real life.
Usually, floors are tinted a fairly neutral, earth tone for the best results. Shades of brown are very common and easy to apply. Once the staining process is complete you will want to apply a sealer and this can either be a gloss product or a matte finish. If you go with the gloss then you will need to polish it frequently to keep the shine. This is not as important with the less shiny matte.
If you want to get creative then you can also use more than one color and include a design of some type in the floor. Again, remember that you will need to live with this decoration for years to come so be careful. The design should be unobtrusive and something that matches with your surroundings. For example, a nautical theme if you live near the ocean or a port, or trees if you are in the forest.
Stains can really make a concrete floor look great just be sure you choose a design and color that you will like for years to come.

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