Stamped Concrete - not happy
Could someone comment on the attached pictures? To save water and maintenance, hired contracter and replaced grass with stamped concrete. Now that everything is done, somehow I am not convinced with the result for the following reasons -
1) The resulting concrete looks too bright. Initially I decided to not to add any color so that it will match the existing concrete (other than the release which was little dark grey to give it shades). Once done, I was expecting power wash (per my googled knowledge) but contractor says that will remove the color release from the concrete. He is suggesting sealing it after a month in order to see the shades.
2) My backyard is on west so too much reflection. Can't think of sealing it and cause more reflection.
3) There is color residue on the concrete from the release color (which was supposed to be dark grey?). My feet get white when I walk on the concrete. Contractor says it will be there until I seal the concrete.
any suggestions, fixes, recolor options? I am leaning towards power wash to get rid of that white residue. Please advice.