5 Striking Deck Stain Colors to Makeover Your Home Exterior

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Your home’s exterior consists of more than merely its siding. Everything from your landscape to your outdoor decor contributes to your property’s curb appeal. So, when it’s time to transform your home’s outward appearance, you might have plenty of items on your checklist, including updating the look of your wooden deck. Not only is it important to stain your deck every 2-3 years to protect its surfaces from environmental damage and decay -- doing so also gives you the opportunity to refashion your deck’s appearance to better contrast with or match your house exterior.

Visually speaking, deck stains vary in their level of transparency and their pigmentation. The most transparent stains don’t offer much color variety and instead allow you to slightly darken and/or adjust the hue of your deck’s natural look. If you want to introduce some colors outside of beige, brown, and mahogany, then, you’ll want to invest in a more solid deck stain. Deck paint provides an even greater array of color options, of course, but many homeowners prefer the look, texture, and protective capabilities of stain more than paint when it comes to coating their wooden deck. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to revitalize your deck’s aesthetic (and therefore your home exterior’s overall aesthetic) using the right kind of stain.

With that in mind, let’s explore five striking deck stain colors to makeover your home exterior.

5 Good Deck Stain Colors

1. Rustic Reds

Regardless of its placement, the color red has a way of capturing our attention. As such, homeowners might make a statement by painting their front door or, if they’re really feeling bold, their siding red. These aren’t the only exterior features that might benefit from a crimson coating, however. Applying a rich red stain to your wooden deck can go a long way toward transforming your home’s entire outward appearance, especially if it’s in contrast with your home’s siding. For instance, homes with lighter and/or neutral paint jobs, such as white, off-white, grey, taupe, etc. can assume a whole new aura when placed against a deck whose stain job resembles a deep merlot or a rustic barn red. In other words, this one exterior adjustment can negate the need to repaint your home’s entire face with a new color.

2. Soft, Sandy Yellows

Like most shades of red, yellow tends to bombard the eye with information. In some cases, this bright tone can become overwhelming, but when implemented properly, yellow has the uncanny ability of making a space more inviting, relaxing, and sunny. The key to unlocking this color’s highest potential is choosing a yellow that isn’t overly saturated, and contrasting it with the right colors (typically darker ones). Additionally, yellow deck stains are inherently tamer than bright yellow paints because they aren’t as thick -- the types of yellows you’ll come across for deck stains will be more muted, creamier, and/or leaning towards more of a beige. Either way, yellow stain can be a striking choice for your deck and home exterior as a whole in the right context. If your home’s siding is already yellow, you might try to find a similar tone for your deck to act as an extension of your house. Or, if your home is a darker color (such as a dark grey, grey-blue, brown, etc.), a yellow deck can provide that perfect contrast that brightens up your exterior.

3. Forest Greens

At first glance, green might not be the first color that comes to mind for staining your deck. And yet, a darker, muted, and/or herbal green stain might be perfect for your outdoor deck. Those who live in heavily wooded areas or who own waterfront property might enjoy the way a green deck resembles and complements their natural surroundings. Also, keep in mind that decor plays a major role in creating a deck’s entire appearance -- the addition of rich, brown, wooden furniture, colorful plant life, light, neutral accents, etc. can really bring your exterior design together.

4. Smoky Blues

We’ve discussed the popularity of blue paint for home design dozens upon dozens of times. And as it turns out, blue stain is in vogue as well, particularly blue tones of the darker, muted, smokier variety. Like dark green stain, dark blue stain might sound gaudy in theory, but in practice, smoky blue decks swiftly reveal their aesthetic potential and power. Not only do these stain color choices inherently render your deck more visually striking -- smoky blue decks create a classic yet modern residential look when contrasted with bright white trim, grey-blue or beige/yellow siding, and/or brown and red furniture and decor. In other words, a blue deck serves as both a focal point and beautiful backdrop for a home’s exterior design.

5. Shades of Grey

Lastly, it’s no secret that grey isn’t the most exciting color or shade out there. That said, in regards to making over your home exterior, staining your deck some shade of grey can make a major difference. Simply put, grey decks are sleek and modern-looking. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about how grey deck stain will cooperate with the rest of your home’s colors because grey goes with anything. This fact also means that when it comes time to furnish and decorate your deck, you can choose virtually any color scheme, and the grey foundation will serve it well. To sum up, then, grey deck stain is simultaneously a safe and striking choice for your home exterior.

Is Deck Staining the Right Choice for Your Home Makeover?

The five deck stain colors outlined above can greatly contribute to your exterior home makeover. However, if you regale your deck with even brighter, more stunning color choices, you might consider going with deck paint rather than stain. Whatever you decide to do, know that Nash Painting is here to empower our clients in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN transform their homes and businesses and realize their visions. Color consultation is a part of our painting and deck staining services, so if you’re on the fence regarding deck stain colors, we can help you make the best choice for your property. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!