There are plenty of things to consider when planning a deck build: What material will your deck be made of? What main functions do you want your deck to have? Choosing the right color for your deck is one of the first things you should think about. Let’s take a look at popular decking colors and explore some possible answers to the other questions you’re sure to ask yourself when planning your new deck project!
What Color Should I Choose for my Deck?
The obvious factor to consider when choosing a color for your deck is the palette of your home’s exterior. If you love the current combination of colors that make up your home’s exterior, you’ll want to pick a color that matches and flows well with the existing scheme. If you’re not so happy with the exterior colors of your home and plan on changing up the color scheme in addition to your decking project, you’ve got a little more to think about but you will still want to make sure the color you choose for your deck goes along with the new colors of your house’s exterior.
You can choose to either paint your deck a specific color or simply find the best shade of deck stain to use if you want your deck to have a softer and more subtle look. Whether you’re going for something bright like an ocean blue or sunset yellow, or you prefer dark cherry stained wood, the most important thing is that it complements the rest of your exterior, which includes the look of your landscape as well.
What Material Should my Deck be Made of?
The decking material you choose sometimes determines the color options you have for your deck. Vinyl and composite decking materials typically come in specific colors, while different types of wood materials can be painted and stained just about any color imaginable. Before you decide on a color for your deck, make sure you know what options you have with the specific decking material you have chosen.
What Functions Do I Want My Deck to Provide?
Consider all of the possibilities your deck can have with regard to functionality before choosing which ones are must-haves:
– Outdoor cooking and dining areas
– Spaces for rest and relaxation
– Entertainment areas that can comfortably seat many guests
– A safe play area for children
– Screened-in space for deck enjoyment when the weather isn’t perfect