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.
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.
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.
Azure Blue & Cola
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
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.”
Azure Blue, English Red, Malayan Buff, Cola & Coffee Brown
This poured-in-place kitchen countertop was created using different application techniques and tools to create depth and modeling. Used spray bottles, brushes and sponges.
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.
Black Acid Stained concrete basement floor sealed with Direct Colors Water-Based, Satin Acrylic Concrete Sealer.
Bathroom concrete vanity and floors stained with Direct Colors Black Concrete Acid Stain.
Black Acid Stained concrete indoor basketball court sealed with Direct Colors Water-Based, Satin Acrylic Concrete Sealer.
Black, Desert Amber & Azure Blue (Sprinkle Miracle Grow for Turquoise)
Concrete veining is one of those techniques that is only achievable using concrete acid stain. The marbled result and vibrant colors are hallmarks of concrete acid stain’s reaction to concrete surfaces. If you’re thinking of adding some concrete veining to your surfaces click here for a detailed how-to guide
Black & Coffee Brown
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.
Coffee Brown & Azure Blue
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 & Seagrass
An example of a “wet on wet marbling effect” on concrete floors using Coffee Brown and Seagrass Acid Stains. This floor was also sealed with a High-Gloss Acrylic Sealer.
Coffee Brown & Desert Amber
This concrete floor design was created using Desert Amber cut with one part of water as the base color highlighted with Coffee Brown “wet on wet” acid stain. For a step by step tutorial on this DIY project click here
Coffee Brown & Cola
Another “wet on wet” style example using Coffee Brown and Cola Acid Stain colors, and sealed with an Epoxy Countertop Sealer.
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.
A modern colored concrete vanity stained with Desert Amber Acid Stain. Coffee Brown Concrete Acid Stain was used on the floor to compliment countertop.
Desert Amber & Coffee Brown
This polished concrete floor design was created using Desert Amber cut with one part of water as the base color highlighted with Coffee Brown “wet on wet” acid stain. For step by step photos on how to create this look click here
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.
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, Seagrass & Malayan Buff
40+ years concrete floor stained with Seagrass, Malayan Buff and Cola
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 & Cola
English Red & Desert Amber
Seagrass 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 Seagrass can be used more broadly for indoor or outdoor concrete coloring projects.
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.
A marbling Design using a combination of Avocado, Shifting Sand, Malayan Buff and Cola Acid Stains sealed with High Gloss, Water Based Acrylic Sealer.
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.
Shifting Sand Acid Stains sealed with High Gloss, Solvent Based Acrylic Sealer and Anti-Slip Additive.
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.