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Updated: Mar 31, 2023

woman thinking with hand to her chin looking at stamped concrete samples

Stamped concrete resurfacing is becoming more and more popular every year. Its installation is affordable, durable, and the design is customizable. Everyone knows that the masons at CONCRETE DOC+ are the premier concrete resurfacing contractors in the Rochester, NY area. But, our masons are also true artisans and can help you decide on stamped concrete patterns, integral base colors, and accent colors—at no charge, course. They understand that the look and design of your concrete overlay project is just as important as the quality of materials and workmanship.

This article is meant for anyone who is interested in:

  • Stamped Concrete Patio Resurfacing

  • Stamped Concrete Pool Deck Resurfacing

  • Stamped Concrete Walkway Resurfacing

  • Stamped Concrete Driveway Resurfacing

close up photo of stamped concrete done in a wooden plank design

When mimicking a natural material and your stamped concrete overlay is done properly, it’s hard to tell that you’re not looking at real wood planks, slate, flagstone, cobblestone, or brick. But, before we resurface your existing concrete, you'll need to make several design decision. With so many options of stamp patterns, integral base colors, and accent colors, we've found that some of our customers have a hard time making a decision on which combinations of elements work well together. This article will give you a few helpful tips.

front walkway and landscaping showing a stamped concrete surface

DOC's Tip: Match the Vibe of Your Home

Does your home have a mid-century modern look or does your home have a more traditional design? Maybe you have a rustic farmhouse and love the country chic look. For your stamped concrete resurfacing design, take cues from the style of your home. For example, if you need a walkway that leads to an older home with rustic charm, you may want to use a stamped concrete brick or orchard stone pattern using earth toned colors. A slate stamped concrete overlay might look best with a mid-century modern or classic traditional style home. These are just a few examples and the CONCRETE DOC+ masons will be there to give you some design guidance based on your home's existing design scheme.

close up of a gray stamped concrete surface with a majestic ashlar pattern

Stamped Concrete Overlay Design Process

The stamped concrete overlay design process includes picking a stamp pattern, an integral base color, and an accent color. When resurfacing your existing concrete patio, driveway, courtyard, walkway, pool deck, or entryway, you'll have a wide variety of design options to choose from. Below we explain the steps required to design the stunning results you're looking for. You'll see that it's as easy as 1-2-3.


There's an endless amount of patterns, designs, and colors you can use for a stamped concrete patio. Some popular stamped concrete overlay patterns are Majestic Ashlar Slate, Wood Planks, Bluestone, and Orchard Stone. Review our chart below to help you determine which pattern will suit the area where it will be applied.

concrete patterns and textures chart


Before you pick a base color, consider the color of your home's interior and the environment before deciding on the concrete’s colors. Take a look at our concrete integral base color chart and imagine whether the color will complement your house’s overall appeal. Avoid choosing a color that is exactly the same as your home’s shade as it will look washed-out. It's also good to remember that warm and darker hues absorb heat, while lighter shades reflect it.

concrete integral base color chart


The accent color is what gives stamped concrete the natural-looking color variations that you would see in real stone. When accent colors are used over the base color as contrasting accents or highlights, this contrast is what makes your stamped concrete overlay design come alive. Something else to consider is that natural stone often features multiple colors and a secondary accent color can also be used. Our masons are always there to help you decide on an accent color(s).

concrete accent colors chart


If you’re unsure of the design and color, consulting a professional–like CONCRETE DOC– is always a good idea. We can help you narrow down which pattern and color will look best with the style of your home. To learn more about stamped concrete resurfacing, visit our website at Better yet, give us a call and we can give you an estimate for completing a stamped concrete overlay on your worn, tired, sad-looking concrete!

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