Inspiring Painted Concrete Floors

Inspiring Painted Concrete Floors

Posted on November 18th 2015

As dull as concrete floors may sound we’ve brought together some of the most colourful and inspiring painted floors out there. From industrial floors to DIY stencilled walk-in wardrobes, if you’re looking for inspiration for your concrete floor project, you’ll find it here.

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Images by Concrete network, design Custom Concrete Solutions.

You should always do a color sample on the concrete you plan to stain since all surfaces are unique and the stain will react differently with each slab. Create your sample in an area that won’t be seen or will be covered up. Good places for samples are in a closet, under the stairs, in a utility room, or where cabinets or appliances will be installed - Concrete Network

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Images by Concrete network, design Nebraska Concrete Coatings.

The tiled effect on this pool-side concrete floor was created using a tape as a stencil.

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Images by Speciality coatings.

The kitchen floor of this restaurant looks clean and new again after a coat of simple grey paint.

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Images by Hawk Concrete Flooring.

When staining concrete floors make sure you choose the right type of stain for the look you are trying to create; there’s a few options, and plenty of space for creativity

  • Acid Stain: Provides the most variegated finish, but highly dependant on the substrate you are applying to
  • Acetone Stain: More consistent finish, still with variation and “movement,” suitable for internal only
  • Water Stains: Highly controllable and easy to use but ensure a porous surface to maximise adhesion

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Images by Table Mountain Creative.

The water effect on this café floor looks amazing and the airbrushed fish bring the whole thing to life.

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Images by Blackwells.

Resinous coatings can give an industrial floor a beautiful, long lasting, cost effective, and even chemical resistant floor, but coatings can’t stand up to abuse.

Sharply turning forklifts and continually sliding pallets or metal objects will eventually abrade, cut or gouge the floor. Plant managers should develop a plan for preventing damage to the floor, including educational training for their forklift operators and employees - Blackwells inc

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Images by Concrete Network, Design by Artistic Surfaces inc.

This is a great example of how you can achieve a multi coloured design using decorative sawcuts

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Images by Concrete Network, Design by Staintec.

The rich gloss of this patio was achieved using acid wash and water-based stains

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Images by Vintage Revivals

This exaggerated wood effect is really striking

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Images by Decor Pad

I suggest - not going for a solid color because it can look like a dense solid block. Layering colour is probably easier than stencilling and probably won’t date as quickly - Decorated Life

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Images by Lane W Stalk

This ocean effect is amazing and brings light and colour to the room

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Images by Lane W Stalk

The tile effect on this patio was achieved simply using paints and tape”

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Images by Young House Love

This DIY stencilled floor looks great

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Images by Home Painting Ideas

My tip would be to make sure the floor is very clean before you apply any stain or paint. The finish product will depend on how well the floor is cleaned and prepped to begin with - England House Plans

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Images by Hawk Concrete Flooring.

The two main important factors for applying anything to concrete are 1, preparation 2) using a quality product. DIY options are usually not as high quality as those products available at trade only contractor stores - Mode Concrete

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Images by Bella Tucker.

It is essential that you ensure there is no rising damp, and that the floors are diamond ground to achieve a strong mechanical and chemical bond between the selected coatings and the substrate. This will also produce a flat even finish which will reduce wear and in some instances for internal floor areas you can use the ground coarseness to provide the slip resistance... - Advanced Waterproofing Systems

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Images by Home Ideas Tips.

Floors undergo a lot of heavy wear and so placing your stencils around the edges of the floor or in other, less trafficked areas can help to stay looking great for longer

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Images by abccoolimages.

Take time to properly prepare the floor for the application of paint or stain. Purchase the best quality product your budget allows for. The floor will get a lot of wear and tear and you want it to hold up. Shopping on low price alone can sometimes translate to an inferior product - A-One Cleaning Services