I recently had a client in the Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio showroom picking out the colors for her anticipated new Dayton-area composite custom deck addition. During her visit, she commented I wonder how anyone is able to choose a color with all the selections we have to choose from. It is true, we have not have many colors, we also offer various brands to choose from as well. From the more basic traditional composite to decking with more streaking and undulation and much more — for some homeowners having such a large menu of options makes the choice daunting.
Here is the area where our years of experience and knowledge come into play: we are here to help you every step of the way with your new outdoor living project. This includes helping you choose the right decking for your project. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio America’s Deck and Porch Builder® has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990. A good percentage of those many designs encompassed synthetic decks.
A good rule of thumb when choosing a decking color is to go with a tone that compliments or contrasts the colors of your home. You don’t want your deck to be the exact same color as those found in your home’s exterior (such as siding, painted wood, etc) if it is too similar your new deck will get lost and that is NOT what you want. Don’t just take our word for it, read what the esteemed staff at Better Homes & Gardens had to say about the best suggestions on how to choose deck colors:
Use Color Wheel Rules
The existing or proposed color scheme of your home probably has three colors: a dominant, secondary, and accent. Your color scheme likely follows some color wheel rules, either with a combination that’s analogous or complementary. It is a good idea to replicate that same setup when choosing your decking color(s), with a dominant tone as the main hue and two additional colors in supporting roles. The supporting tones can be presented through a design, picture framing or border added to the deck itself, or through the color chosen for your deck’s railing.
Dark gray: Gray can work well with either cool or warm color schemes. A darker hue like this will also hide footprints better.
Light gray or blue: Perfect for cottage or Cape Cod style homes, it is a color that works well with a variety of secondary tones — blue, cream, beige, even more playful hues such as purple and pink — which can lead to creativity when choosing outdoor furnishings and accents.
Black or chocolate brown: A dark tone such as black or chocolate brown is a mostly neutral color that does well in small spaces. However, it may be overpowering on a very large deck.
Here is a look at some of our most popular synthetic decking selections here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio:
From the Fiberon Horizons collection, Ipe is one of the most requested decking colors among our customers.
More favorites from Fiberon include Warm Sienna and Burnt Umber from their Symmetry collection.
From the Armadillo Lifestyle Decking collection, our most requested colors are Canyon Gray, Campfire and Tumbleweed.
From the Armadillo Essential Decking collection, our most requested colors are Coyote and Tortoise.
— TimberTech most popular hues.
When chosen well, your deck color can help to enhance your curb appeal, complement your home, and add visual interest. Rely on Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio for professional design consultation when choosing the right deck design for your lifestyle and your home. Contact us today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040, or via email at [email protected].
Tim Stephens, owner, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.