If you’re painting or staining your deck, you have a number of color options. But how do you choose the best deck color for your home? Here are four important considerations from the remodeling professionals at Cormack Construction.

1. Consider Your Home’s Exterior

Your deck is an extension of your home and should complement the color of your siding, trim, and other exterior elements. Choosing the right deck color will add visual interest to your home. The wrong color can turn your deck into a distraction.

PRO TIP:  Before you settle on a paint or stain color, test it on a small, inconspicuous area. View it from different angles at different times of the day to see how it will look. Note that the original color and age of your decking material can affect the appearance of the paint or stain you use.

2. Think outside the (color) box.

Today, there are many color options for your deck and some combinations might surprise you. Here are some you might want to consider:

Dark Gray: This color works well with either warm or cool color schemes and is great at hiding footprints and stains.

Dark Blue:  Although not for everyone, this shade can work well with cottage or Cape Cod-style homes. Complement it with secondary tones of lighter blue, cream, or beige railings.

Green:  There are many shades of green that work with both traditional and contemporary homes. 

Black or Chocolate Brown:  Used in small spaces, a black or chocolate-colored deck can serve as a neutral color. 


If you’re staining your deck, it’s important to know that your end result will vary according to color opacity you choose.  Here’s a guide:

CLEAR STAINS have no pigment and allow the wood’s natural color and character to show through. The wood will weather and gray naturally.

TRANSPARENT STAINS contain just a hint of wood-inspired color and are good for hiding a few imperfections. If your wood was previously coated, use a paint or stain stripper before applying a transparent stain.

SEMI-TRANSPARENT STAINS are popular because they provide enough color to hide imperfections, yet let some wood grain and texture show through. These are typically available in red, brown, and tan wood tones.

SEMI-SOLID STAINS are great if you have damaged wood. They provide more coverage and protection than a semi-transparent stain.

SOLID STAINS—available in blues, reds, browns, grays, and blacks—provide the most color and protective durability. They show very little of the wood’s own color and are great at hiding imperfections. 

3. Be mindful of your deck’s surroundings.

If your deck gets a lot of sun throughout the day, you might want to avoid darker colors since they tend to heat up. If your deck is surrounded by colorful shrubbery and flowers, you consider a more neutral palette of gray or brown tones. Likewise, if you have mostly green landscaping around your deck, you might opt for brighter colors.

4. Think about wear and tear.

When choosing your stain or color, it’s important to note that different parts of your deck are used in different ways. Since stairs undergo more wear and tear than spindles, they may require a more durable finish and increased maintenance. If your steps or decking are worn, the stain or paint color you apply may appear different from other lesser used areas.

Deck Builders in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western Maine

Thinking about remodeling your deck or adding a new one to your home? Contact the award-winning builders at Cormack Construction. We’re your local deck-building experts.

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