The colors on this chart are a representation only. Actual stains will adapt to the unique composition of your concrete.
Acid stains come in a number of earth-toned hues (as shown above) and as illustrated in the Galleries on this website. The colors above are produced from proprietary blends of Kemiko stains. We are also skilled at using acid-etching stains from other manufacturers, including BRICKFORM, Butterfield, Scofield, Chemcoat, and HC Infusion, and are happy to apply these upon request.
Under normal conditions, acid-etching stains do NOT chip or peel or "walk" off (as acrylic or pigment based stains tend to do). The special mixture of acid, mineral salts and wetting agents reacts chemically with the lime in the concrete and adapts to the unique mineral composition of your slab.
Because each slab is different, we can NOT match our stains to a particular color swatch. Instead, we apply samples to an area of your slab that will later be concealed (for example, under the kitchen cabinets). This is the BEST way to predict how a stain will look on your concrete. For this reason, many of our clients prefer to select their wall paints, cabinets, countertops and fabrics AFTER they make a color selection from their samples.
Earthen umber (shown in this designer owned Darling Home) is a favorite among architects and interior designers. To complement the field color, "almost black" was selected for the dining room border. Before we stain your slab, we place samples on your concrete so you can determine how the stains will react on YOUR slab.
Solid earthen umber with almost black border.
Scoring and other decorative touches
Many of our clients prefer a solid stained floor, with no additional pattern or decorative elements. They feel that the motion and mottling from the stain alone provides the perfect canvas for their furnishings. Others choose a scored pattern -- such as a 3x3' or 4'x4' grid on a diagonal. And, still others ask for an occasional second-color border or even a decorative element (like a compass rose or Texas star) in the foyer or dining room. Visit the galleries on this site for ideas.
A decorative star centered on the front porch or foyer adds Texas charm. Field color, palomino; ring, terra cotta; diamonds & alternating facet, almost black.