One of the final steps in the porch or deck design process is picking out colors. Color means the least in terms of how well a design functions, but can have a huge emotional impact on how you respond to the project. You know from your own experience that the colors around you affect how you feel.
Your color preferences may impact your choice of materials. While most of the synthetic lumber lines take their color cues from natural woods, from a practical perspective, there are many more choices available in composite decking than there are in real life. Color is also more consistent and predictable when you order it from our stock of samples. These products are also less likely to change and fade significantly over time.
When people ask me for guidance on choosing colors, I often recommend tying into a dominant color from one or more of the surrounding structures. If you are building a deck adjoining the house, consider matching a trim color. If you are trying to bring together a deck, paver patio and home together, settle first on a family of colors– warm earth tones for example. Narrowing the choices down that way makes your ultimate selections easier. This photo shows pavers echoing roof and picture frame pavers matching deck in Timbertech Legacy Mocha.
Color style trends drive availability of different colors in the marketplace. Recently, darker colors have gained in popularity and Timbertech has responded with its popular Legacy line that includes Tigerwood, Pecan and Mocha. At the moment, our top three sellers are TimberTech Brown Oak, Walnut and a gray tone: Silver Maple. I like the last
one because it’s still in the earth family, but allows you to blend colors with many of the grouts used in paver patios. I’ve heard from other professionals that gray is coming back into style as well. The photo to the left shows TimberTech Silver Maple which is growing in popularity. The darker striations in the timber look great with the black aluminum rails)
Some people like to stay with classic, timeless colors. You can never go wrong there. Oak and Walnut, both medium browns, are timeless choices. I can bring a variety of samples to your home and we can look at them out in the sunlight. If you are still concerned about color choice, we would be happy to send you to see different projects in colors you like so that you can see how they look on a large scale.
One color caution I would offer is to not try and exactly match wood or paver colors directly with the facade of your home. Go with a contrasting or complementary color. Even if the colors match perfectly today, it is unlikely that the deck and the home will weather and age in exactly the same way. We want to help you build a deck you will love for a lifetime.
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