The ability to achieve spectacular special effects with concrete floor coatings, stains, and dyes is nothing new. But now a whole new alchemy is available for adding razzle-dazzle to your floors — metallic coatings that allow you to “guild” your concrete to replicate the look of copper, silver, aged bronze, nickel, and other shimmery patinas. Some of these coatings contain real metallic powders, while others use special reflective pigments. They are especially popular for floors in retail, office, and restaurant settings, where a modern, upscale look is desired. To see some of the unique effects possible with metallic coatings, take a look at these stunning projects.