How to Create a Natural Stone Look with Concrete

Natural stone is a popular choice for homeowners and businesses looking to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to their outdoor spaces. However, natural stone can be expensive and difficult to work with. Fortunately, there is a solution: textured concrete. With the right techniques, you can create a beautiful natural stone look with concrete.


Here’s how:

  • Choose the Right Colors – The first step to creating a natural stone look with concrete is to choose the right colors. Natural stone comes in a wide range of colors, from warm browns and oranges to cool grays and blues. Look for concrete stains and dyes that match the colors you want to achieve. A good rule of thumb is to choose two or three colors that work well together and mimic the natural variations in real stone.
  • Apply the Base Coat – Once you have your colors, it’s time to apply the base coat. The base coat is the main color of your concrete and will serve as the backdrop for the rest of your design. Apply the base coat with a sprayer or roller, making sure to cover the entire surface evenly.
  • Add Texture – Next, it’s time to add texture to your concrete. Use a stamp or roller to create the impression of natural stone. There are many different types of stamps and rollers available, each with its own unique pattern. Look for stamps and rollers that mimic the look of natural stone, such as slate, sandstone, or flagstone.
  • Apply the Accent Colors – Once you have your texture in place, it’s time to apply the accent colors. Accent colors are the colors that create the natural variations and highlights in your concrete. Apply the accent colors by hand, using a brush or sponge. Pay attention to the natural variations in real stone and use them as a guide when applying your accent colors.
  • Seal the Concrete – Finally, it’s time to seal the concrete. Sealing the concrete will protect it from stains, water damage, and UV rays. Choose a sealer that is specifically designed for textured concrete. Apply the sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure to cover the entire surface evenly.

In conclusion, textured concrete is a great option for those looking to create a natural stone look in their outdoor spaces. With the right colors, textures, and techniques, you can achieve a beautiful and sophisticated look without the high cost of natural stone. If you’re interested in adding a natural stone look to your outdoor spaces, contact us or call us today to learn more about your options.