6 Decorative Concrete Driveway Options
to Improve Your Curb Appeal
When looking to install or replace a concrete driveway, there’s many great decorative options available to help boost the curb appeal of your home. Ahead, we’ll delve into six beautiful options to take your driveway to another level and make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
Install a Stamped Overlay
An incredibly popular way to add decoration and increase the aesthetic appeal of concrete is to have the concrete stamped. The stamped concrete process entails the imprinting of a pattern into the concrete as well as stains. Concrete stamping can be done to new or existing concrete to achieve many benefits.
- A vast number of textures, such as brick, flagstone, and slate, for example, can be replicated with stamped concrete
- A wide range of colors are available, allowing your new stamped concrete driveway to truly pop
- It can be personalized in any pattern you desire, making for a truly one-of-a-kind driveway
- You can add a border to your stamped concrete driveway, perhaps with a contrasting pattern and color
Add Some Texture
For those on tight budgets or not looking to have their concrete stamped or colored, a textured finish to your concrete driveway might be the way to go. These are some of the things your concrete contractor can achieve by adding a textured finish to your concrete.
- A broom can be used to achieve a broom finish, one of the simplest ways to add a textured pattern of fine lines
- Swirled designs can be applied with the use of a hand trowel
- An exposed aggregate finish can be produced with the removal of the top layer of fresh concrete, revealing the underlying coarse aggregate.
- Any texture or design imaginable can be applied to give the concrete an exciting, modern look with minimal cost
Consider Your Home’s Exterior Design
To optimise curb appeal, make sure your driveway matches the colors and styles of the exterior of your house. There are many ways to achieve this.
- Consider the architectural style of your home and its historical character, and apply a concrete driveway that suits it.
- Rustic colors and materials such as natural stone and earth tones can complement country homes and farmhouses, while shades of grey and geometric patterns can fit with more contemporary households.
- You don’t want to distract with a driveway that clashes with the rest of its environment.
You don’t have to dig up your existing concrete and replace everything if it’s still in good condition. If you want to add some personality to your already existing driveway, consider some of the following:
- Special equipment can be used to engrave patterns into already existing concrete
- Concrete stains can be utilized to add colors to your concrete driveway
- A concrete overlay can replace the top layer of your concrete with any number of styles and patterns, imitating brick, stone, slate, or a number of other materials.
Create a Focal Point
To add a whole new level of distinction to your driveway, consider creating a focal point in one of the following ways:
- Existing concrete can have a design engraved in
- Specialized concrete stamps can be used to imprint designs, such as images, patterns, address numbers, or anything else you can think of.
Go Further Than Just the Driveway
You won’t want to just stop at the driveway once you see the results of your new decorative concrete. If you have enough of a budget to allow for it, perhaps consider some of the following:
- Add some extra cohesion to the exterior of your home by replacing the pathway leading from your driveway to your front door with a complementary pattern.
- Increase the resale value of your home in the years to come with contrasting patterns and colors for the entryway to your home, tying everything together.