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Concrete Acid Stain Colors

The first step to colored concrete is choosing your shade. But, it isn’t all about picking a color and running with it. Knowing which colors are available, as well as a general appreciation of how the basic concrete acid stain colors can be layered and combined for endless variety and depth are vitally important to the process. Each application is unique, and combining different colors can create some amazing results.

In this guide, you’ll see all of the Direct Colors Concrete Acid Stain options available to you. Short descriptions will give you an idea of what to expect, and we even have photos from some happy customers to boot. If you’re ready to start your next project, read all about how to make your floor look like any of these in our DIY Guide.

Malayan Buff Concrete Acid Stain Color

Malayan Buff Concrete Acid Stain is a top color choice for many contractors due to its neutral hue and simple application. The light hues of the acid stain makes it ideal for indoor concrete. It’s also a more neutral shade that can easily match any decor or style in any home.

Malayan Buff Acid Stained Concrete Pole Barn Floor

This pole barn concrete floor was stained with Malayan Buff acid stain and sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin Concrete Sealer.

Acid Stained Porch Walkway

A concrete walkway stained with Malayan Buff acid stain, and sealed with a Solvent-based Exterior Concrete Sealer and Anti-Slip Sealer Additive.

Customer's Favorite Malayan Buff Color Combinations

Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand

Pole Barn Acid Stained Concrete Floor

Malayan Buff & Coffee Brown

Marble Technique Stained Concrete Flooring

Faux Wood: Malayan Buff, Coffee Brown & Cola

Wood Grain Concrete Countertop

Malayan Buff, Shifting Sand & Coffee Brown

Garage Floor Acid Stain Perfection

Coffee Brown Concrete Acid Stain Color

Coffee Brown Acid Stain is often used as an accent color to create a marbling effect on concrete surfaces. Coffee Brown contrasts nicely with lighter acid stains such as Malayan Bluff, and can be used to develop a sense of “movement” in a concrete floor, countertop, and more. 

A common technique for layering concrete acid stains into concrete flooring is to spray the entire area with diluted Coffee Brown Acid Stain, then spot-stain areas with undiluted colors. You can even  use a thicker formula such as Deco Gel Coffee Brown to create more interesting patterns.

Gel Stain Concrete Table

Coffee Brown Acid Stain layered with Coffee Brown Deco Gel design on a concrete ping pong table that was sealed with solvent-based polyurethane sealer.

Smooth Gray Concrete Overlay with Diluted Coffee Brown Acid Stain and Sealed with High Gloss Acrylic Sealer

Various degrees of diluted Coffee Brown Acid Stain combinations on concrete overlay. Sealed with a solvent-based, satin acrylic concrete sealer.

Customer's Favorite Coffee Brown Color Combinations

Coffee Brown & Azure Blue

Acid Stain Layering Effect

An example of a “wet on dry marbling effect” using Azure Blue Acid Stains as the “dry” base color and coffee brown accents. This concrete floor design was sealed with a High-Gloss Acrylic Sealer.

Coffee Brown, Cola & Azure Blue

Acid Stain Marbling Effect

An example of a “wet on wet marbling effect” on concrete floors using Coffee Brown and Azure Blue Acid Stains. This floor was also sealed with a High-Gloss Acrylic Sealer.

Coffee Brown & Cola

Epoxy Concrete Countertop

Another “wet on wet” style example using Coffee Brown and Cola Acid Stain colors, and sealed with an  Epoxy Countertop Sealer.

Coffee Brown & Avocado

acid-stained-table-firepit

An amazing DIY concrete fire table using Coffee Brown and Avocado Acid Stains and sealed with a High-Gloss, Water-Based Acrylic Sealer.

Black Concrete Acid Stain Color

Black Acid Stain Colors are commonly used as accent colors to help create unique marbled surfaces. Direct Colors’ Black Concrete Acid Stain is translucent and is easily layered to create varying degrees of deep, brownish-black hues. 

For a solid black finish to your concrete, Direct Colors’ Black Concrete Dye is perfect. There’s no marbling effect, but the singular, solid color is great for getting a clean, modern look for your concrete.

Acid Stained Black Concrete Ping Pong Table

A concrete ping pong table made by our friends at Stone Age Concrete Table Tennis. This table was colored with Direct Colors Black Concrete Acid Stain.  

Black Concrete Acid Stained Indoor Basketball Court

Black Acid Stained concrete indoor basketball court sealed with Direct Colors Water-Based, Satin Acrylic Concrete Sealer.

Customer's Favorite Black Color Combinations

Black & Coffee Brown

Acid Stained Concrete Floors

Black, Desert Amber & Azure Blue (Sprinkle Miracle Grow for Turquoise)

Concrete Acid Stain Colors

Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain Color

Easily the most striking of the Acid Stain Colors, Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain delivers an aqua-topaz mineral finish that will wow your family, friends, and neighbors. 

When used alongside Brown or Red Concrete Acid Stain Colors, Azure Blue creates a stunning similarity to true marble. Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain should never be applied to a wet or damp surface, as this results in a black and brown spotting on the stain’s surface. Azure Blue is recommended for indoor projects only.

Azure Blue Acid Stained Concrete Floors

This kitchen floor was stained with Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain to create a beautiful marbling effect across the entire project area.

Salvatore A. Leo Studio - Azure Blue Concrete Floor Design

Salvatore A. Leo’s studio floor was designed and created using Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain to create a color effect similar to the shallows of the ocean.

Customer's Favorite Azure Blue Color Combinations

Azure Blue & Cola

Turquoise Stained Concrete Floors

Turquoise concrete floors using the “wet on dry” marbling technique with Azure Blue as the base color and Cola Concrete Acid Stain for the vein-effect.

Azure Blue. Malayan Buff & Cola

Rustic Concrete Countertop

This rustic concrete countertop was transformed using an Azure Blue Concrete Acid Stain base with Malayan Buff and Cola Deco Gel Acid Stain using a layering technique called “sponging.”

Cola Concrete Acid Stain Color

Cola Concrete Acid Stain Color is one of the most popular choices among concrete DIYers. It’s easy to apply, and make every concrete coloring project look professional-grade. Cola’s earthy and orange tones go on easily to create lasting looks that will prompt compliments from your family, friends, and neighbors for years to come.

Cola acid stained garage concrete floor

A concrete garage floor colored using Cola Concrete Acid Stain, and sealed with a High-Gloss, Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer and anti-slip additive.

Acid Stained Stamped Concrete Patio

A stamped concrete patio stained with Cola Concrete Acid Stain, and sealed with Direct Colors’ Satin Finish, Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer.

How to Acid Stain Concrete Patio - Cola

A concrete front porch colored using Cola Concrete Acid Stain, and sealed with a Satin, Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer.

Acid Stained Stamped Concrete Backyard

Stamped concrete backyard stained with Cola Acid Stain, and sealed with Direct Colors’ Satin Finish, Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer.

Customer's Favorite Cola Color Combinations

Cola & English Red

Stepping stones stained with Direct Colors Black, Cola and English Red Acid Stains

Concrete stepping stones stained with Cola and English Red Concrete Acid Stains with Black Concrete Acid Stained accent stones.

Cola, Malayan Buff & Coffee Brown

Concrete vanity stained to look like wood

Cola, Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown Acid Stains are often used by artisans to create faux wood grain on concrete surfaces.

English Red Concrete Acid Stain Color

English Red Concrete Acid Stain Color is commonly used in outdoor projects, especially when a red border or theme is desired. 

English Red can be very dominant in the overall design. For that reason, many users opt to use Direct Colors’ Deco Gel, which allows for greater control and finer detail. Consider diluting with water for a lighter shade of red.

English Red Acid Stained Stamped Walkway
Acid Stained Floor

Customer's Favorite English Red Color Combinations

English Red & Cola

Stamped Concrete Patio

English Red & Dessert Amber

Acid Stain Concrete Patio Design

Desert Amber Concrete Acid Stain Color

Desert Amber Concrete Acid Stain Color provides some of the most crucial hues necessary for mimicking the look of natural stones like marble. Desert Amber compliments many warm color themes, but also helps blues and yellows really pop. If you’re looking for an easy-to-apply, natural look for your concrete, this is the color for you.

Acid Stained Concrete Vanity

A modern colored concrete vanity stained with Desert Amber Acid Stain. Coffee Brown Concrete Acid Stain was used on the floor to compliment countertop.

Concrete Cornhole game stained with Azure Blue and Desert Amber Acid Stains

A unique colored concrete corn-hole game design. Azure Blue and Desert Amber Concrete Acid Stains were used to compliment each other.

Seagrass Concrete Acid Stain Color

Sea Grass Concrete Acid Stain Color is a great workhorse acid stain. Its hues blend naturally with other colors which allow the stain to take on lighter or darker notes depending on your chosen color theme. 

Unlike the dominance of red or brown, the green of Sea Grass can be used more broadly for indoor or outdoor concrete coloring projects.

Acid Stained Basement Bar Floor
Concrete Stained Floor

Avocado Concrete Acid Stain Color

Avocado acid stain color can be used widely and to great effect, delivering hues that range from tropical moss to lush forest.

This versatile stain can be applied with most other concrete acid stain colors. Avocado Concrete Acid Stain should never be applied to a wet or damp surface, as this results in a black and brown spotting on the stain’s surface. Avocado is recommended for indoor projects only.

Marbled Blue Green Countertop

A marbling Design using a combination of Avocado, Shifting Sand, Malayan Buff and Cola Acid Stains sealed with High Gloss, Water Based Acrylic Sealer.

Marbled Acid Stained Outdoor Countertop

An outdoor concrete kitchen countertop stained with Avocado, Cola and Shifting Sand Acid Stains, sealed with a Solvent-Based Polyurethane Sealer.

Shifting Sand Concrete Acid Stain Color

Named for the color of sand that has broken away from larger mineral deposits, Shifting Sand Concrete Acid Stain Color easily blends with stains on the more dominant side of the spectrum such as browns reds, and blues.

Coverting Patios to Indoor Living Space

Shifting Sand Acid Stains sealed with High Gloss, Solvent Based Acrylic Sealer and Anti-Slip Additive.

Acid Stained Concrete Floor

Rustic look using a combination of Shifting Sand and Malayan Buff Acid Stains sealed with Satin, Water Based Acrylic Sealer.

With exposure to the elements, some concrete stains will experience darkening, creating a patina-like effect for your outdoor concrete. These stains include our Sea Grass, Azure Blue, Avocado, and Shifting Sand shades.

NOTE: Each stain color has a different activation time to fully color the concrete. Read Acid Stain Activation Times before starting your project