Composite decking has a wide range of colors and finishes to choose from compared to wood decking, which has fewer colors. So how do you choose the best composite decking color for your home? The truth is that there is no standard answer to this question. The problem lies in choosing the color that works best for you. Homeowners have a wide range of deck colors to choose from, from matching shades to matching the environment.
When making your selection, choose the composite decking color that will complement your home and allow you to enjoy it for years to come. Follow these simple guidelines to make choosing a deck color easy and enjoyable.
What Colors Are Available for Composite Decking?
Browsing through all of COOWIN’s composite decking colors can leave you with a lot of questions when it comes time to make your selection: “Will a traditional brown deck work?” “Is a modern gray with stripes more appealing?” “Do I want a cooler shade of brown or a warmer tone?”
When choosing a color for your deck, consider the colors you naturally like. This can help you narrow down your choices. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, consider how well they match the color of your home’s exterior, trim, and the area around the deck.
Most composite decking manufacturers offer decking materials in three main color families. However, the tonal differences between these three major composite decking color families make each one distinctive.
These color families are based on the following variations:
- Gray – from light gray to dark charcoal
- Browns – from the warmest browns to cooler tan colors
- Reds – there are cooler tones and fiery warmer tones
If you think back to your school days, you may remember learning about the cool and warm tones in color. For example, colors with red or orange undertones are warmer than those with cooler blue undertones. Consider the warm tones of fall leaves and the cooler tones of ocean blues. These undertones will make your composite decking look “warm” or “cool” depending on the time of day the sun is shining.
Whether you choose gray deck boards with a slightly weathered driftwood effect or a deep, warm brown deck. It’s important to consider your surroundings and the effect of the sun on the area where the composite decking is located.
You can also consider composite decking boards in a mix of colors. if you have good DIY skills or hire a professional builder, you can use two or more colors to create a stunning herringbone pattern. Or you can opt for a deck design that intertwines multiple shades together.
Considerations When Choosing Deck Colors
When choosing a deck color, consider the climate and the exterior of your home. If the exterior of your home is darker in color or you live in a heavily wooded area. Choosing a composite decking color in the medium to dark range will help your deck blend in with your home and surroundings.
Your location and geography will also affect the right color for your deck. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, a dark red or brown deck in your backyard will look stunning in the summer light. However, if you own a beachfront property in sunny Florida. Then cool gray composite decking will complement the azure sky while doing double duty as a shield from the hot summer sun.
If you have an outdoor deck attached to your house, then you should also think about your indoor flooring. Choose a composite decking color that complements your carpet or hardwood floors. It will give your deck a more coordinated look and a smoother transition from indoor to outdoor deck.
Do You Live in a Sunny Area?
Areas that get plenty of sunshine year-round can also affect the color you choose for your composite decking. Sunny areas have more sunny days and warmer temperatures throughout the year. Plenty of sunshine will make your outdoor deck hotter. As a result, you may be more likely to need composite decking boards that absorb less heat.
The color you choose for your composite decking may help it stay cooler or warmer, making it more comfortable for you to use. Light and gray composite wood decking absorbs less sunlight than darker decks. As a result, it’s also more suitable for you to enjoy your outdoor deck.
Those who live in the Northwest, Northeast, and Midwest, on the other hand, don’t need to worry about decks absorbing heat. They can choose rich brown or red composite decking for a warmer atmosphere.
Consider the Color of the House
Aside from the weather factor, another factor to consider is the color of the home. When it comes to elegance and curb appeal, a bit of contrast between the color of the composite decking and the color of the house will go a long way. There are a few design considerations that can help you choose the color that best suits your home and surroundings from the three composite decking color collections.
- Gray decking complements white, blue, gray, and red homes. Especially in sunny environments.
- The shades of brown composite decking boards can be paired with almost any house color.
- Red complements a variety of house colors and textures including stucco or brick exteriors.
The trick to color matching is to have just the right amount of contrast between the deck and the house to make it an ideal place to relax.
Composite Decking Railing Colors
One of the most common color-related questions is whether the color of the deck railing should be different from the color of the house or the deck itself. There is no right or wrong answer. Instead, it depends on your home, your preferences, the climate, and the level of luxury you want composite decking to achieve.
Choosing a railing that is the same color as the deck will keep the deck uniform and give it a comfortable, unified feel. Choosing a contrasting railing color, on the other hand, will make it stand out and give it a more ornate feel.
White deck railings look great in coastal areas and areas with lots of sunlight. White railings complement almost any house color and can be paired with almost any composite decking color. Black or brown railings complement brick homes, composite siding homes, and country-style homes.
However, they are not the only options. You can also pair composite decking railings with window frames for a sharp contrast. Or keep the railings in the same color scheme as the exterior of your home for a seamless transition.
Get Free Samples of Composite Decking
Still not sure which composite decking color is best for you? COOWIN has a professional service team that can help you determine the color that is best for you, your deck, and your home.
Once you have narrowed down your color choices to a few options, you can request that a sample be sent to you. This way you can check the color and quality up close. You can see how composite decking boards light up throughout the day to see how they will look in your home.
You will create countless great memories with your new composite decking. Choosing the right color for your composite decking is a big decision. But if you follow these simple principles, you’ll be able to enjoy it for what it is.