One form of decorative concrete is to use bands of decorative concrete around areas of flat and non decorative concrete. How big these bands of concrete are will depend on the size of the concrete area as a whole, and what you want the area to look like. Basically when it comes to bands it can be one of any style of decorative concrete: stamped, exposed aggregate, colored concrete, salt finish, etc.
Another form of decorative concrete is concrete with broom finishes. Broom finishes can be light broom or coarse depending on the bristles of the broom you choose. While unlike many forms of decorative concrete, this is not a fancy finish but provides a non-slip surface, so it is a very functional decorative concrete. You shouldn’t just use any broom for this type of decorative concrete, rather choose brooms specifically made for this purpose.
Colored Concrete is a very popular form of decorative concrete. There are two basic forms of colored concrete. It can be placed within the mix or can be a dry shake that is dusted on the top of the concrete.
Exposed Aggregate is another popular form of decorative concrete. Often times, the colorful rocks that are embedded in the concrete are just the right touch of decoration for your drive or walkways. This type of decorative concrete is generally formed by the top layer of cement paste being washed off either chemically, with water pressure, or sandblasted so that the rocks show through. In this case, the rocks can be either only placed in the top of the concrete or can be in the entire mix.
Another form of decorative concrete is float and trowel textured concrete. This is a fun form of decorative concrete since there are many patterns that can be made on the concrete, such as swirls, or different size arcs, or basically any shape you can imagine. The texture created can be however you want it, coarse, medium, or smooth. What you get will depend on the tool used to make the pattern. For example, wood floats create coarser textures in the concrete, and aluminum floats or steel trowels create medium or smooth finishes.
Painting Concrete is another form of beautiful decorative concrete. You could use this form of decorative concrete in basically any situation, you just want to make sure that the concrete is well cured, so if you have concrete already, and want to make it into decorative concrete, then paint the existing concrete you have.
A rock slat finish is another popular form of decorative concrete. This is a cool technique because it is nothing really scientific, it is pretty basic. What is generally done is a basic water softener salt crystals that is about 1/8″ to 3/8″ in size are pretty much smoothed onto fresh concrete, and a roller of some sort is then used to press the salt crystals into the concrete. Once the concrete is dried, the surface is washed, dissolving the salt and leaving small holes.