Shared use paths and walkways are the primary options for accommodating pedestrian traffic on your property. The surface material you will choose for them determines their maintenance and performance. Concrete is the leading choice for surfacing your pedestrian traffic walkways.

This is an aggregate, sand, cement, and water mixture with a lifespan of 40-80 years. Since this is the leading material choice, property owners looking for uniqueness steer clear of it so that their sidewalks do not look like all others.

There are fortunately several alternatives for the decorating of your concrete sidewalk. Large sidewalk or walkway pavers are among the leading options for those looking for a contemporary sidewalk design.

The following are the other design options that will transform your concrete sidewalk from boring to an exterior design masterpiece.

Straight Paths

These give your guests a formal entryway into your property. Straight concrete sidewalks will comprise 4’x4’ concrete squares in a straight direction leading up to your door. You can opt to add smooth river rock fills between the concrete around your landscape to generate a drought-tolerant contemporary design.

Straight paths are ideally used for properties that also feature geometric shapes and straight lines.

Colored Concrete

Your concrete can be changed into virtually any color with dying and staining products. This way, the dull gray color of your concrete sidewalk will be transformed into a warm and inviting entry leading to your building.

Most people will opt to match the color of their concrete pavement with that of the plants in their landscaping. While this might create uniformity to your landscape, you can choose to have the sidewalk in a contrasting shade to generate an interesting twist to your overall landscape.

Stamped Concrete

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This will transform the standard concrete slab on your sidewalk to look like pavers or natural stone. The stamping of your concrete will emphasize your stone’s veneer throughout its façade. The stamping on your concrete will also add detail to your sidewalk and guide your visitors’ line of view while tying the designs in your landscape together.

There are different stamping designs for your concrete, and you are guaranteed to get one that suits your fancy.

Decorative Borders

Installing a decorative edge into your sidewalk rather than leaving it open will transform it into a one-of-a-kind pathway. You can use wood, slate, stone, or flagstone for your sidewalk’s decorative borders. Alternatively, you can use a stained or stamped concrete border to add some interest and variation to a plain concrete sidewalk.

Exposed Aggregate

This is a combination of colored and textured surfaces that will not move beneath people’s feet. You can, for instance, opt for alternating gray concrete shades intertwined with running bond brick patterns. Exposed aggregate, in most cases, will have a continuous element making the exterior look of your building, thus generating a seamless landscape look.