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10 tips on choosing the right deck colour

Are you thinking of staining your deck? Well, it's a great way to freshen up your exterior and give your home a polished look! Choosing the right colour can be stressful so here are 10 tips to help you make the right choice!

1. Consider the surrounding environment

Take inspiration from the natural elements around your deck. Look at the colours of your landscaping, trees, flowers, and any nearby structures to find a complementary deck colour.

2. Create visual harmony

Aim for visual harmony between your deck colour and the exterior of your home. Choose a colour that complements the overall architecture and blends well with the facade.

3. Sunlight and heat

Darker colours tend to absorb more heat from the sun, potentially making the deck surface hotter. Consider lighter shades to minimise heat absorption if your deck is exposed to direct sunlight.

4. Balance with furniture and decor

Think about the furniture and decor you plan to use on your deck. The colour should harmonize with these elements to create a cohesive and inviting outdoor space.

5. Complement your house colour palette

If your home has a predominant colour scheme, choose a deck colour that complements it rather than clashes with it.

6. Trends and maintenance: think long-term

Trends come and go, but your deck colour will last for several years. Opt for a classic and timeless colour that won't go out of style quickly.

Lighter-coloured decks may show stains and dirt less than darker ones. Consider the level of maintenance you're willing to undertake when selecting a colour.

7. Consider the size of your deck

Darker colours can make a small deck feel even more compact, while lighter colours can create an illusion of more space. Choose a colour that enhances the size of your deck.

8. Main factors

There are two main factors in your choice: the colour of the wood and how it combines with the colour of the stain/oil.

Remember, a pine deck will never have the same look as a Vitex timber (pale yellowish to creamy-grey along with some dark chocolate brown boards), or a Kwila heartwood (yellow-brown to dark red-brown).

9. Make samples and test them in a natural light

Testing your choice before starting your project is essential. Don't rely entirely on brochures and install samples; they only indicate. Combinations can vary depending on the wood type and also its condition. Apply a small amount to an offcut or in an inconspicuous area, and test your samples in natural sunlight and against other elements to see how they appear during different times of the day.

Colours can look quite different in various lighting conditions.

10. Trust your instinct

Before making a final decision, you can seek opinions from family, friends, or even professionals to gain different perspectives on your options, but remember that the colour is your choice. There is no right or wrong!

By following these tips, you can select a deck colour that complements your outdoor space and suits your lifestyle and preferences. Remember that everything has colour - your wood, outdoor furniture, plants, and home's exterior. Look closely at these colours to make sure that the stain colour you choose harmonizes with them.

Choosing the right deck colour is like painting a canvas of emotions. Embrace the process, and remember that every colour holds a story waiting to be told.

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