Concrete table with three small plants.

Concrete doesn't have to be just a shade of Grey

When you think of concrete, grey is the color that most frequently comes to mind. However, you probably didn't realize there were so many variations of grey. Grey countertops are popular in modern homes and restaurants because of their industrial appeal. But colored concrete is a way to add some pop or diversity in your design that's definitely not the norm.

When it comes to color options, concrete offers nearly limitless possibilities — making it possible to achieve the perfect look. Shades of white, brown, red, blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, black and more can be created as well as many different shades of grey. Even grey can be brown grey, blue grey, black grey etc. So, if you're looking for something to add drama to your home or want a countertop that complements your restaurant's theme then look no further than colored concrete countertops

Color is typically applied throughout the entire mix with integral pigments but it can also be applied to the surface of cured concrete with stains or dyes. No matter how the concrete countertops or your furniture piece is colored it will always be unique.

Integral pigments offer the widest range of colors and are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Pigment is blended into the mix, imparting color throughout the entire countertop. Nearly any color can be achieved by blending pigments together, allowing skilled craftsmen to color match, although this is not an exact science. In most cases, custom colors or color matching will be more expensive than standard colors. Pigments are stable colors and offer consistent and dependable results as long as measurements are precise. Since they are mixed throughout the entire batch of concrete, a substantial amount of product is required. This is our preferred and almost exclusive method to color concrete for our artisan pieces and concrete countertops.

Acid stains are applied to the surface of cured concrete. Stains are available in a limited range of colors, but can be mixed and layered to expand the possibilities. Acid stains form their color through a chemical reaction with the concrete. Stain results can be varied and unpredictable due to their reactive nature and have a tendency to be uneven and potentially blotchy. Since stains are applied only to the surface of the countertop, repeated abrasion can wear down the color, but sealers can prolong the life of the color. Acid stains are UV stable and can be used on indoor or outdoor countertops.

Dyes are available in a wider range of colors than stains and can be mixed and layered creating numerous possibilities. Dyes are applied to the surface of cured concrete and can also be used to enrich surfaces that are already stained or integrally pigmented. Water- or solvent-based formulas are available. A UV sealer needs be applied to protect the color, as not all dyes are UV stable. As with stains, dyes can be tricky to apply with varied and unpredictable results due to their reactive nature and have a tendency to be uneven and potentially blotchy much like acid stains. Both dyes and stains can be used in specific areas as accent colors or with stencils to create designs. 

No matter what you decide, grey or a pop of color, keep your overall design in mind. Our concrete countertops are created & designed to compliment your final design, not compete with it.

Written By

James Clark

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