Picture this: you and your family gathered outside, seated on comfortable cushioned furniture. Charming string lights hang above as you roast marshmallows over a fire pit table. Sounds perfect, right? You can create a cozy scene like this with the help of an outdoor deck. But, before the deck of your dreams can become a reality, you must make a lot of choices and one is to choose a deck color. Here are our tips to picking just the right hue to compliment your home from the popular Trex decking colors.
What is Trex Decking?
Trex decking is a composite wood product that will lasts for years. It’s resists termites, won’t rot, warp or splinter, and never needs staining or painting. Plus, you can have peace of mind regarding the environmental impact of your deck because Trex decking is made from 95% recycled materials.
How to Choose Your Trex Decking Color
Trex decking is available in 23 colors, so there’s likely one that will be perfect for your deck. You want the deck to compliment your home and look like it was meant to be part of the elevation. (The wrong color can make the deck look like an afterthought.) We’ll help you make the right decision with these simple steps.
Consider the Color of Your Home
The first thing you should do, to ensure your deck looks like it belongs with your home, is to closely consider the color of your home. Trex decking comes in three different color families: grays, browns and reds. If your home is a warm beige, tan or off-white, choose from the brown and red families. If your home has cool undertones of gray, stark white or blue, stick with colors from the gray family.
Think About Style
Just as important as the current color of your home, is the style. The architectural style of your home can help lead you in the right direction when choosing your deck color. Gray decking has undercurrents of blue and can evoke thoughts of the beach or can also look great in a city setting. The gray colors look best with Cape Cod-style homes and homes with a more modern feel. Warm and natural browns are the most popular color family, and we can see why—they look beautiful paired with almost any style home. But, keep in mind the darker browns make more of a dramatic statement, and are better suited for Craftsman-style or Mediterranean homes. Deck colors in the red family are classic, yet unique. If your home has any brick siding, you might want to try a reddish-brown deck to coordinate.
Looking at a deck color on your computer screen, or even in a store is not the same as seeing it in your outdoor space. Once you’ve narrowed down a few Trex decking colors, order a sample of each so you can see what they look like next to your house. You can order samples online for $5 each. Set the samples outside where your deck will be, and be sure to view them in daylight as well as at night with your exterior lights on. Different lighting can change how a color looks and may affect your decision.