Decorative Concrete refers to any concrete finish that goes beyond the boring grey sidewalk and driveway concrete that has become so prevalent today in cities like Anaheim and Santa Ana or even Irvine and Newport Beach. With decorative concrete, we use shapes, colors and textures to create a world of distinctive new concrete possibilities. One example, stamped concrete, has become more common in recent years as it has grown in popularity. Other innovative new options appear so fresh and unique it seems we have boundless ability to create a surface with a character all its own.
Nature is one great place to turn to when searching for inspiration for decorative concrete. At Visions Below we use integral coloring systems as well as stains and dyes to achieve looks that very much resemble those found organically in natural landscapes.
In the natural world colors blend together effortlessly to create a perfectly balanced and harmonious pallet. When making decorative concrete, we draw from our vast arsenal of both natural and man-made color options to recreate a subtle yet stunning natural effect.
Our philosophy is, no two decorative concrete projects turn out identical anyway so why not create something that is truly one-of-a-kind. With so many interesting options, it is easy to get inspired just be looking at the images throughout this website. Notice how various styles work well together and consider how decorative concrete could fit into an overall interior or exterior design project with life-like results that will last a lifetime.
Tips for Choosing a Color Palette
First take into consideration what type of impression the façade should make. Don’t just select favorite colors, first think about the objective and tone. Then consider the style of the building and its location. Textures are also a factor, so don’t overdo it. Smoother textures balance out rougher surfaces. Balance is the key. Now here’s how to choose colors.
• Remember surroundings effect the overall appearance
• Don’t try to match with existing colors
• A neutral dominant color is a safe bet
• Pick an accent color that ties into the main color
• Or go with a contrasting shade as a secondary color
• Stick with either warm or cool colors