Coloured concrete means plain grey cement is no longer your only option, but how do you choose the best colour for your home?
When making the colour selection for your decorative concrete, there are a few important points to consider.
We’ve put together this guide to help you with your Geostone colour selection.
Colour matching doesn’t necessarily mean matching colours. Using too many colours can overwhelm the colour palette, while using too much of the same colour can detract from your home and create a washed out effect. You might like your decorative concrete to complement or contrast the existing colour scheme of your home. Many Geostone customers choose neutral coloured concrete for outdoor projects to create more natural-looking driveways and paths. While darker coloured concrete can be quite popular for creating a striking polished concrete floor. Different shades and textures of concrete can also be used throughout a property to create separate and defined living spaces.
When deciding on colours and textures for your home-building and renovation projects, you can take inspiration from the natural environment around you. Geostone’s exposed aggregate and polished and honed concrete ranges feature natural Australian stone, and the mixes are exclusive to your local area. The coloured concrete range is also available in varying neutral shades of sand, green, tan and brown so you can find the perfect colour for your project.
Texture and Finish
The final look of your decorative concrete will differ depending on the installation and finishing methods that are used. That’s why it’s important to consider the finish and function of the concrete when choosing a colour. The smooth finish of polished and honed concrete is best suited to applications such as internal polished floors, internal wet areas, pool surrounds and outdoor entertainment areas. While the more textured finish of Geostone’s exposed aggregate makes it best suited to outdoor areas such as driveways, pathways and pool surrounds.
Furniture and Fixtures
If you’re renovating an existing home, you might have furniture and an established colour scheme to consider when installing a polished concrete floor. Similarly, if you’re laying decorative concrete outdoors, you might have outdoor furniture and existing landscaping to take into consideration when choosing the best coloured concrete for your home.
Multiple Building Materials
Combining or layering multiple building materials is a popular option in modern design. Natural building materials such as timber and stone create a dramatic contrast with decorative coloured concrete and exposed aggregate. When choosing the colour of your decorative concrete, think about the other materials you might use with or alongside it.
If you’re building or renovating your dream home with no plans of selling, you might be inclined to base your colour selection on personal preference. But when it comes to maximising the resale value of your home, choosing neutral colours can be beneficial. Property valuers look more favourably on timeless, fresh and neutral colour palettes including updates such as covering brick walls with cement rendering, which is estimated to return $10 for every $1 spent.
For more information about Geostone or for assistance with your coloured concrete selection, contact us today.