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How to Achieve Luxurious Interior Flooring with Concrete Staining

Luxurious Interior Flooring with Concrete Staining
Concrete doesn’t have the best reputation. It’s often thought of as a harsh, cold, industrial, and boring material. But open up any home design magazine and you’ll find that more and more people are drifting towards concrete floors, and with good reason. It’s a durable, cost-effective, cool underfoot, and it can look fantastic if treated right.

How do they make concrete floors look so luxurious and effortlessly stylish? In this, how-to, we guide you through the concrete staining tricks many homeowners are using to achieve a luxurious look with concrete floors.


Go for black

One easy and effective way to make concrete floors look instantly cool and expensive is by staining the concrete black. A dark floor is a simple way to give drama to a room.

You can choose to make the floors look very shiny and polished or take the subtle look and only apply a penetrating sealer that protects the stain without leaving behind a sheen.

For this look, choose minimal furnishings and stick to black and white with everything from window sills to light fixtures. This is the suggested way to style a room with a black concrete floor stain as it emphasizes the contrast of the two colors.


Stain to even out the color

A concrete stain doesn’t have to mean a completely different color to the natural grey of the concrete. Concrete floors when first installed often have spots of discoloration that make for an uneven tone across the floors.

If you like the look, keep it as is and have it polished for a put-together room. But if the imperfection bothers you, apply a grey stain close to the color of the natural concrete to even out the entire floor.

This is a very small technique interior designers use that often goes unnoticed, but it delivers fantastic results. Instead of looking unfinished, the concrete floor will look sleek and ready for visitors.

Polish as desired for a smooth finish and style with pops of color to create a bright room.


Use a dark grey stain

In the same vein as the previous trick, get an even tone on your concrete floors while still keeping that industrial look by using a dark grey stain throughout. It should be a tone dark enough to completely cover up blemishes and discolouration in the concrete, but still light enough that it shows the natural texture of concrete when the sun hits.

This concrete staining technique is perfect for open-plan homes with a large area of concrete floors as it creates a beautiful path for the eye and brings dramatic effect throughout the home.

Take advantage of this rich luxurious flooring by choosing minimal and light-toned furnishings for a cool and modern effect.


Use white for a minimal and clean look

White concrete stains aren’t a very popular choice, so you’ll know immediately that your home is unique when you use it. If you’re worried about bright white floors reminiscent of a sterile hospital, white concrete stains only produce a slightly off-white tone that pulls slightly grey.

It is a wonderful choice to make in a home with a lot of natural light as the white floors will reflect the sunlight in a dazzling and welcoming way that’s sure to amaze your guests.

A simple polish over the floors is a small detail that can further help this effect.


Mimic other flooring materials

The great thing about concrete is how versatile the material is, and how easy it is to customize with just an idea and a helpful contractor.

If you already have concrete floors but are thinking about getting wooden or tiled floors, skip a step and instead customize your concrete floors to look like another flooring material.

This not only cuts down on costs but it also achieves that same luxurious aesthetic quality of stone or wood while remaining easy to maintain and durable. It also cuts down on waste and is an environmentally-friendly option. When the concrete floor has been stamped to look like wood or stone, stain with the color desired.

Water stains are perfect for the job as they can be blended and mixed to be very natural.


Use your floors for a pop of color

There is a way to incorporate great color into your home without overwhelming the senses. By concrete staining, the colors like cerulean, navy, or blue-green, you can use your floors as a vehicle for color in your home without breaking the bank. It will look modern, sleek, and fun when done right.

It is important to take caution with styling if you take this route of concrete staining. Your floors will be a bold color, so choose minimal furniture that is very light in tone - think white, light wood, and beige.

Skip the shiny sealer with this floor and instead opt for a penetrative sealer that doesn’t leave a sheen.

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