Adding color can be the most creative aspect of installing decorative toppings, resulting in surfaces that are much more visually stimulating than bland unadorned concrete. Depending on the project and your customer’s tastes, you can choose color combinations ranging from soft and subtle to bold and vibrant.

Most manufacturers of resurfacing materials, whether skim coats, self-leveling overlays, or spray-down toppings, provide an array of colors to choose from. Just as you would when selecting paint for a room, use the manufacturer’s color charts or chips to narrow down your options.

Make sure the charts depict what the color will look like with the specific product you’re using. For example, some cement-based overlays are offered in gray or white base, with each offering a different level of intensity when colored.