How to Choose the Right Deck Colours


Whether you’re looking to match your exterior or just want to choose the perfect colour to accent your deck, deck colours can be one of the trickiest parts of home improvement projects. If you don’t choose wisely, you can end up with a deck that clashes with your home or doesn’t complement it at all. But when you use some of the tips below to help guide your choice of colours, you’ll be able to make sure that your deck matches its surroundings perfectly and sets off your home in the best possible way.

Match Deck Colour with Your Home’s Exterior

Choosing deck colours that work with your home’s exterior is key. You want your deck—and thus, an extension of your home—to blend seamlessly into your home’s existing palette. When matching deck colours to existing homes, opt for decks in wood tones that complement traditional homes and pick bolder ones for modern houses. If you want a uniform look across all exterior spaces (exterior paint, garden and landscape colour), then consider using the same colour schemes like grays and greens on windows, doors and decks. Match Deck Colours to Your Home’s Exterior: 

Consider Your Deck Material

The two main types of decking materials are wooden decks and composite decks these days. Both of them can be painted and stained to the colours that match with the home exteriors. But different decking materials still show different patterns especially after they are painted. Put that into consideration as well.

Apply Deck Colours with Wear and Tear in Mind

Before choosing your deck paint colour, take into account how much wear and tear your deck will endure. If you have a pergola or spend time lounging on your deck with some friends over a few drinks, consider a semi-transparent stain. 

Semi-transparent stains are low maintenance and resistant to cracking, fading, and peeling, making them ideal for outdoor spaces that get lots of use. However, semi-transparent stains don’t offer much in terms of privacy or UV protection, so if those things are important factors for you then another option is warranted. You could also choose an opaque stain (aka solid deck paint) or even a solid vinyl dye that can be applied directly onto wood and is practically maintenance free.

Use Colour Wheel Rules

Selecting your deck’s paint colour is easier than you think. With a little basic knowledge of colour rules, you can find a smart combination that complements your home’s exterior, rather than clashes with it. Here are some great tips to help you make sure your new deck gets all of the attention: Use Monochromatic or Analogous Colour Schemes When choosing a monochromatic or analogous colour scheme for your deck project, choose two (or three) colours that are right next to each other on a colour wheel.

Test Deck Colours First

When choosing colours for your deck, you’ll want to make sure you see how they look within your actual outdoor space before committing. It can be easy to like one colour when looking at it on a paint chip or swatch, but things aren’t always what they seem. 

If you really want a good idea of how certain colours will look, take some snapshots of your home exterior with each possible colour combination, and then compare them side-by-side. You might not think that a particular combination looks great together until you see them next to each other. That way if one doesn’t look quite right, there are still plenty of options available—rather than having just settled for something because it was too late to turn back. 

Another way to know the colours for sure is to take a few deck samples home and put them next to the outdoor settings under different light conditions.