If you're thinking of putting walkways on your property to keep people from trampling your grass and to provide access to fence gates, a fire pit, or a seating area in your yard, consider having stamped concrete installed. You can create just about any design you can think of for a custom look. There are many stamp shapes available, but if you can't find any you like, you can have a custom stamp made. Here are some ideas for creating custom-stamped concrete walkways.
Pick A Theme
You might want stamps that match the architecture of your house, your siding, or your home decor. You might also want stamps that match your environment if you live in a rustic setting or on a beach. You can find stamps shaped like all kinds of stones and pavers, but you can also find stamps shaped like animals, footprints, shells, flowers, fish, vines, and leaves. You can also find geometric shapes. You can create a fun look for your walkways that uses repeating stamps or a variety of stamps.
You might want a beach scene with shells, starfish, and fish stamped into a colored background that looks like sand or water. However, you may prefer simple flagstone stamps that give your walkway a more traditional look. You can even combine smaller stamps together to create a large custom mosaic. The customization of your walkways is only limited by your imagination.
Choose Your Colors
Color is an important component of custom stamped concrete installation. The more complex the design you create, the more it costs, but the more beautiful the results. You may prefer to stamp designs in the concrete, such as chicken or cat footprints, and leave the designs the same color as the background. However, you can also choose to fill your walkways with beautiful, vibrant colors.
If you want to keep costs lower, you might confine the colors to borders along one or both sides of the walkways. This could line your walkways with yellow sunflowers or red roses. It's important to give your design a lot of thought because the stamp placement and colors have to be finalized before the concrete is poured.
Choose A Walkway Shape
Your concrete installer can make your sidewalk any size and shape you want since a form is created first to hold the cement in shape as it's poured. A curvy walkway is often more visually appealing than a straight one, especially if the walkway has a decorative design. Get advice for your custom stamped concrete installation from a contractor so they can bring your ideas to life while staying within your budget.