Projects like this one in Rowlett, TX highlight the uniqueness and beauty of concrete stain flooring for your home. Pairing this up with scoring (cutting shallow grooves in the floor) is an excellent way to showcase your floor. Here we began by laying out an elongated diamond pattern on the concrete floor, scoring it, then acid staining every other diamond either green or tan. Scoring helps prevent the acid stain color from "bleeding" from one diamond to the other, as the acid can't flow past the scored line. In another room, we scored a five-foot-wide North Star that we oriented using a compass.
Before starting a concrete stain flooring project that includes a scored floor, we need to have an idea of what the final result will be. Stars and logos are a little complicated to score but always highlight a room. For stars, we draw the pattern on the floor with a pencil, and then do the cutting with a handheld grinder. Logos are almost always done with stencils that are laid out on the floor, then traced with pencil. Curves are tricky, but they can be managed using a steady hand.
The most popular patterns for a scored concrete floor are tile or diamond patterns (which are just tile patterns set at 45 degree angles). There are a few design elements we take into consideration before putting down the pattern. First is the size of the room and adjoining areas. I personally like large tile or diamond patterns, with each tile being 24" or larger. Smaller sizes like 12" or 18" tend to look busy, especially in larger rooms, and it means a lot more cutting. Of course, you can go too big, especially when going from a room to a hallway or bathroom. You'll end up with truncated tiles when transitioning to the smaller areas. We've found that 24" works well in most cases and bump it up to 36" whenever we can; larger tiles just look more elegant. The same logic applies to stars, logos, etc. You don't want to go to either extreme; just make it a size that works for the area it's in. Sometimes, though, we can mix and match, as you'll see in the following concrete stain flooring and scored decorative concrete project.