7 Deck Paint and Stain Color Ideas

Create the deck of your dreams with these paint and stain color ideas — tried and true, beautiful blue and more.

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Deck Paint Color: Gray

Gray is a reliable color to use inside and outside your home. As a deck color, it provides a fresh and modern backdrop to your outdoor furniture and décor without being too distracting, as shown in this deck by @jenamroach. For the same look, try Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore, which is a true neutral gray — no blue or purple undertones.

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Deck Stain Color: Subtle Gray

If you like gray but prefer to see the wood grain of your deck, use a deck stain to bring out that character. This modern deck by @our.coastal.nest is treated with a gray-toned stain, giving it a natural driftwood-like finish. It’s a great choice if you’re going for an airy coastal look and feel.

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Deck Paint Color: Blue

Big risks mean big rewards. This blue deck by @cici.interiors is a brave choice, but the results are stunning. The bright blue deck ties in nicely with a clear blue sky, so it pops against the green surroundings but doesn’t look out of place. Add in a few cheery yellow accessories and you’ve got a sunny spot you’ll never want to leave!

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Deck Paint Color: Black

Classic black will never go out of style. That fact remains true even for your deck. For an ultra sleek look, like this deck by @lilyellenbal4, paint it black and never look back! To avoid your deck space looking too dark, choose light colored outdoor furniture and planters. They’ll pop against the black for a gorgeous effect.

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Deck Paint Color: Tan

Tan is another hue pulled from nature that doubles as a tried and true deck color, as proven here by New Jersey’s @thehandycrewnj. It works well with most exteriors, and is a great choice if you like the warm look of brown but want something on the brighter side.

We like Sherwin-Williams Natural Tan and Sherwin-Williams Tamarind. Keep in mind that the wrong shade of tan can sometimes read pink, so be sure to test your colors thoroughly, viewing them in different lighting throughout the day.

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Deck Paint Color: Earthy Red

If you’re looking to go a little bolder with your deck color, try red! A fire engine red would be too overwhelming, so stick with an earthy, muted red instead, like the one on this deck by @kongarmor. We love how it subtly plays off the home’s brick. Add some leafy green plants and black or dark gray furniture to create a cozy, classic space.

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Deck Paint Color: Rich Brown

Brown has been a long time go-to for decks because it blends seamlessly with surrounding plants and trees. Of course, there are many shades of brown. For a traditional color with depth and interest, try a medium, rich brown. @itskassiefox used Behr Deckover Sable. It’s not too light and not too dark, striking the perfect visual balance.