Finding original material to pave your patio with can be a hassle. While materials like brick or slate tile are beautiful options, they can be expensive to keep up with and time-consuming to maintain.

What if there was another option, though? One that could give you the same feeling of classic, sought-after materials without the added cost and upkeep? That’s where stamped concrete designs come into play.

Luckily, we have a few ideas for seamlessly incorporating concrete stamping into your patio. Read on to learn about seven of the best options out there.

1. Stained and Weathered Wood

One of the trendiest choices for stamped concrete is stained and weathered wood. Many professionals use a wood patterned tool with beveled edges to recreate the look and effect of wooden floors and planks, without any of the cost or hassle of maintenance and upkeep.

When you compare the price of real wood to concrete, you’re likely to find more value. Concrete not only lasts longer, but it doesn’t rot, and it doesn’t have to be sealed, finished, or painted.

2. Slate Tile

With a slate tile stamped concrete patio design, you’ll give your outdoor space the effect of individual slate tiling, whether you want rectangular or square tiles.

You’ll experience the same variation in color that comes with real slate tile, meaning added richness and warmth for your patio. This color variation also means that when it comes to spills, you don’t have to worry about stains. It’s well hidden, and concrete is also easy to clean, so either way, you’re covered.

3. Random Stone

Most stamped concrete specialists also have the equipment to mimic the effect of random stones on your patio. It’s a cost-effective alternative to using real stone, but you’re still going to accomplish the same organic look.

The specialist you choose to work with is likely to already have ideas if you’re short on them, but they should also be able to work with any inspiration you’ve already drawn.

4. Herringbone

Adding a herringbone pattern to your outdoor space can bring complexity and depth to an area you wouldn’t otherwise see it. This pattern is also easy to combine with others, like slate or brick.

You have the power to play around with several colors and to choose from different options. It’s even better if you have stone furniture on your patio, as it’s the perfect addition to any earthy and relaxing space.

5. Large Flagstone Pavers

Stamping your concrete with a large flagstone paver design is a great way to bring in a timeless design that’s still super trendy.

Gray is one of the most popular choices, but you can choose pretty much any color you’d like. You can also choose to add a border around your patio, or even add a gradient effect to make your patio pop.

6. Brick

Brick is always in style, and mimicking it is a great way to incorporate it into patio design without breaking the bank. Whether you want to mimic terracotta or a rust-colored brick, nobody is going to notice the difference unless you tell them.

Maintenance and upkeep are also a lot less demanding, so you’ll be able to enjoy your patio without worry.

7. Cobblestone

You might love the look of cobblestone, but you might not want to deal with the maintenance. Luckily, you can achieve the same old-world aesthetic with stamped concrete.

You’ll also never have to worry about loose bricks or cracked stone. Not only are you breathing new life into your space, but you’re doing it in a way that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

8. Take Advantage of Border Lines

Adding a border line is a great way to create a subtle contrast with your patio. If you have a lighter herringbone pattern, breaking it up with a dark, simple border line is a great way to add visual interest without going overboard.

Incorporating furniture the same color as the border is the perfect way to tie everything together.

9. Incorporate Landscaping

Your patio is going to look its very best if you can incorporate both landscaping and hardscaping seamlessly. Creating a plan that allows for greenery to be placed inside the concrete itself is a great way to do this.

Things like small gardening boxes for flowers or circular cutouts for trees bring nature into your patio without harming anything along the way. Working with the right professional is going to be the best way to accomplish the effect you’re going for.

10. Add a Fire Feature

Finally, nothing adds visual interest to any space the way fire can. Adding a glass feature to your modern stained wood patio, or even a stone one that blends in with the concrete design you’ve incorporated, can help you achieve the backyard of your dreams.

This, paired with cozy furniture and warm lighting, is the perfect way to add extra living space to your home. It’s also one that can be used all year round.

Incorporate These Stamped Concrete Ideas Today

Does a stamped concrete design sound like something that would work for your space? Whether you’re redoing your patio after a few seasons or you’re freshening a space you just moved into, the possibilities with this material truly are endless. Partnering with the right specialist is the best place to start, though.

Luckily, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us to get started today.