This post was updated on January 18, 2023
Deck Stain Colors – Updated Spring 2023
Choosing a new deck stain color is not an easy decision, and there are a few things to consider before you start staining. We have put together this handy guide on the most popular deck stain colors to help you decide which is best for you.
Before we look at the colors, we can talk about a few of the main types of deck stains: transparent, semi-transparent and solid color stains and the pros and cons of each one.
- Transparent stains provide a clear finish that will show the most amount of your deck’s natural wood grain without altering the color. Minimal to no (clear sealers) UV protection.
- Solid color stains will cover your deck surface completely and the natural grain will not show through. They are prone to peeling since they dry on top of the wood.
- Semi-transparent stains offer the best of both worlds approach that enhances the wood’s natural beauty and changes the color. They offer have less chance or peeling and are easier to redo as needed.
What are the most popular deck stain colors?
Cedar Tones and Semi-Transparent Colors
Cedar is by far one of the most popular deck colors and will fit on any deck and in any garden. As a rule, it is wise to take the most dominant color in your yard and work from there but with cedar, it is hard to go wrong. The color is not too dark for warm summer days and is perfect for those cozy winter evenings.
Brown Tones and Semi-Transparent Colors
Sometimes brown gets an unfair reputation as an unimaginative or dull shade. When you know what you’re doing with this color, it can really shine in your garden. It’s important to note that when using a brown deck stain, it should be paired with lighter and brighter color furniture and accessories to bring out its rich natural qualities. If you find the perfect match, then you will have a gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing deck.
Honey Tones and Semi-Transparent Colors
Honey is a light tone that will augment the natural look of the grain on your deck. This color deck stain is popular in places that have year-round sunshine, as regular rain can cause it to turn dark and dull. Use this color wisely if you live in an area that is prone to showers or the close to the coast, or consider investing in a gazebo to help protect the color.
Redwood Tones and Semi-Transparent Colors
Similar to other darker shades of deck stains, redwood should be paired with light colors to accentuate its beautiful ruby undertones. Alternatively, people who select a semi-transparent redwood stain are in luck as the softer shade allows you to see the intricate wood beneath and work comfortably with any color palette.
This striking color will last for many years when properly cared for but can fade to an iron-grey if allowed to weather so be careful to protect and maintain your deck as required.
Consider using a color chart when choosing a new deck stain. These handy tools help by showing you which colors fit best with those that are already present in your garden. With some deliberation, you will find the perfect fit.
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
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