Durable and aesthetically-appealing concrete steps in your outdoor space can contribute to the overall exterior landscape. Concrete steps are preferred, due to their low-price nature. Further, concrete steps are easy-to-maintain and offer varying styles. However, decorative concrete step options can be sometimes confusing. Use the following information to get acquainted with undemanding-yet-modern designs for concrete steps.
Try Terraced Concrete Steps with Uniquely-Embellished Borders
Cobblestone surfaces are a preferred outdoor surface option. A porch with cobblestone steps leading towards the entrance is an attractive focal point of a home’s exterior. However, you don’t need to spend on installing actual cobblestone. A smart approach to this is installing terraced concrete steps with a cobblestone effect. The impression of cobblestone is created by stamping the concrete steps with cobblestone stamps. However, if the number of concrete steps is substantial and you feel that the cobblestoned area might become too overwhelming, you can combine some other tile stamps to create other impressions, like terra cotta tile effect.
The borders of terraced concrete steps are best stamped with brick stamps as they lend a defined, bordered appearance to the steps. Stamping also allows you the choice of colors. You can incorporate various kinds of tints or dyes. The preferred options among shades for stamped, terraced concrete steps include dark chocolate brown, dull maroon and off-white. Among brick stamps, herringbone patterns are a sought after option. Further, brick stamps can be customized with varying colors. In fact, you can create vibrant brick stamp patterns with mottled colors.
Get Creative With Step-Liners in Faux Stone
Concrete steps can seem rather uninviting or formal, and adding step-liners is recommended to tone down their appearance. Step-liners render a textured appearance the concrete steps. Step-liners are essentially rubber strips with defined texture patterns. These are nailed along the internal surface of the front edges of steps before pouring the concrete. As the concrete dries and takes shape, its front edges retain the textured imprints induced by the rubber strip that is removed. A contemporary choice in this regard is using natural stone step-liners. These are liners that yield a natural stone-like texture. The favored options here being granite and limestone textures. The appearance of concrete steps can be further individualized by tinting the actual concrete step surface and step-liners with different shades of the same color, to create a complementary look.
Use Exposed Aggregate to Your Advantage
Exposed aggregate is usually recommended for its non-skid surface and the natural texture. Now, exposed aggregate has turned into a style statement of sorts. This can be further customized to create a more stylish impression. You can create a contrasting design in your concrete steps. This means using different colors or textures for creating an exposed aggregate surface that beautifully contrasts with the decorative treatments you are using, like stamped or stained borders. If you are ready to experiment with unconventional looks, you can create concrete steps with borders created from acid-stained concrete, while the main stepping area retains exposed aggregate. Acid-stained concrete has an unusual, non-uniform pattern, which is in stark contrast to the unvarying texture of exposed aggregate. You can also add some colored pebbles to the exposed aggregate to make it a bit more vibrant.