Why have a gray, boring outdoor walkway when you can create a decorative sidewalk brimming with imaginative art? Design a permanent installation with a mosaic border, make printed impressions or get the kids to help you make a temporary chalk or paint masterpiece. Whether you create a long-lasting design or an easy temporary picture, sidewalk art can enhance your home's uniqueness and style.
Creating a colorful mosaic border can add an artistic touch to a drab sidewalk. Choose a pattern and type of medium. Outdoor concrete mosaics may include glass beads, glass pieces, pebbles or tile. Look for colors that correspond to your home's exterior. For example, if your house has forest-green shutters, consider mixing shades of green into your design. For a more subtle or natural look, try whites, creams, tans or browns.
If you have ever accidentally dropped an object or stepped in wet concrete, then you know just how quickly a lasting impression can be made. Although a mistakenly made impression may ruin a clean, new slab, a purposefully made print can add a light touch of whimsy to an outdoor area. Less-crafty homeowners can hire a concrete refinishing company to make stamped impressions over an existing sidewalk. More experienced home improvement do-it-yourselfers may want to try their own version using specialized concrete embossing tools that imprint patterns, designs or even a stonelike finish directly into a wet sidewalk.
Sidewalk chalk art is a perenial favorite for children and families. Select a variety of colors and sizes of chalk for the kids to use and encourage them to fill your sidewalk with vivid images of flowers, rainbows, race cars and more. Create patterns, zig zagging lines or a polka dot print for a more abstract look. This washable art project will brighten your home, but can easily be removed by a gentle rain or a quick hosing off. Always supervise children in the process of creating with chalk. Additionally, if your sidewalk borders a busy road, consider finding an alternative canvas for them, such as the backyard patio or a side walkway.
Add interest to your sidewalk or walkway with pictures or decorative lettering painted right onto the concrete. For a washable option, try kids' concrete craft paint. These paints are water soluble and typically nontoxic, allowing children to create imaginative patterns, designs and drawings on the walk with large brushes or rollers. If you are looking for a more stable alternative, adults can use permanent outdoor paints to stencil script-type lettering or monogram, or border designs directly onto the concrete. Using a permanent concrete paint means that your sidewalk art will not wash away, and that your design will become part of the home's permanent exterior.
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