Add a Splash of Color to Your Deck

by J on July 27, 2010

Outdoor designers are taking a clue from their indoor counterparts these days. Warm, vibrant colors are no longer just the realm of indoor decorators, but they’re also migrating outside for the warm summer months. Traditionally reserved for muted, subdued colors, decks are showing their true colors this summer—and they’re much brighter and fresher than we’ve seen in a long time.

And after all, why shouldn’t we perk up this outdoor space with a splash of color? Just be sure that the color you choose works with the color of your home.

Deck Stain 101

Before we consider a few of the rock star colors of this summer, it helps to understand some basic information.  Deck stains come in four opacities. Which one you choose depends on the condition of your deck as well as your personal preference.

Clear or Natural is a very light stain, which adds next to no color to the wood. If you have a new deck and/or you want to show off the wood and its grain, use this stain. The application will last only from 1-2 years.

Tinted stain adds just a hint of color, but still lets the natural grain show through. If you want to add some color, but don’t want it to be in-your-face bright, choose this option. The application will last from 2-3 years.

Semitransparent stain still allows the wood grain to show through, but it offers a thicker punch of color. If your deck is starting to show its age, then opt for this choice. The application will last from 3-5 years.

Solid stain completely covers the wood grain with a solid burst of color. If your deck has stains and is sporting some repair work, then choose this color to cover the imperfections. This application will last for 5 years, possibly longer.

Once you have chosen your opacity, it’s time to look for a color. Choosing a stain that complements the color of your house is a good place to start. Let’s look at a few colors. If you’re having a new deck built this summer, be sure to discuss your color preferences with your deck builder.

  • Coral Sand. This peachy color by Olympic is a soothing, calming choice.
  • Orchard.  This olive color by Sherwin Williams blends in perfectly in a garden setting.
  • Creamy Dill by Olympic is a teal-ish shade and will infuse the area with energy.
  • Indian Corn. This red color by Cabot will be sure to spice up some warm summer nights.

Let’s not forget that these stains work for more than decks. Try staining your wooden lawn furniture in a color to accent your deck. For example, Cabot makes a Colonial Yellow stain that you may want to try on your wooden lawn furniture–with a blue deck as its backdrop.

As you celebrate summer, why not bring some of these vibrant shades to your outdoor living spaces too? If you need help with your deck repairs or building a new deck, ask around for a few recommendations of the deck builders in your area.  It won’t be long before your deck is the favorite gathering spot for your family and friends.

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