How to Color Mortar

The color of your mortar can be the difference between masonry that is bland, and blends together or vibrant masonry that seems to pop off the surface.

The color you end up with will vary depending on what color sand you begin with and how much dye is added to the mortar mix. Getting just the right color is sometimes a daunting process, but the key is to be patient and add a little color at a time until you reach the color you desire.

Pour the dry mortar mix into a large bucket, old wheelbarrow or mortar mixer, measuring the mix according to the instructions for your mortar. Read to see if your mortar mix is an all-in-one mix that contains all the dry ingredients or just the cement that requires the addition of lime and sand, mixed in amounts that vary depending on your project.

Pour in the proper measurement of cement dye and mix thoroughly, if using a powdered dye. Add a measured amount of water, along with any additives, such as acrylic fortifier. Pour in the liquid cement dye, if using a liquid dye, according to the measurements for your coloring specification.

Mix the mortar using your mixing machine or a mason's hoe, using a pushing and pulling motion, until the mix has a sticky consistency that will hold its shape, the color is even, and it is completely combined.

Things You Will Need

  • Mortar mix
  • Bucket, wheelbarrow or mortar mixer
  • Mortar dye, powder or liquid
  • Water
  • Mason's hoe

About the Author

Cindy Crabtree's writing and editing career began in 2007. A former editor-in-chief of several magazines, she has contributed to "Boise Metropolitan Magazine," "Eagle Life Magazine" and "Meridian Magazine." Crabtree studied psychology at Boise State University and multimedia/Web design at the Art Institute of Phoenix.