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Picking the Perfect Trex™ Deck Colour

For generations, the most common decking colours have mostly been variations of brown.

However, modern colour trends are favouring grey for a more contemporary look. It’s equally important to observe undertones.

Another easily overlooked design consideration is colour temperature; warmer colours (orange, red, yellow) have distinct undertones from cooler colours like green and blue.

Even neutrals, like grey, usually have a warmer or cooler undertone that will either complement or clash with its environment.

1. Don’t Choose an Exact Match

Avoiding an exact colour match will prevent your exterior from ending up monotone and visually boring. If you prefer to keep things simple, try to find colour complements which are appropriate for the dominant colour of your home. Those can be direct colour complements, tertiary colour complements, or others.

2. Create Flow

The colour of your home is one part of the picture, but you’ll also want to think about the colour of the broader environment. How do your colour choices pair with the dominant colours of the scenery around your deck? For instance, if you’re in a densely wooded area surrounded with lush greenery, you may want to consider colours that will complement green.

3. Consider Climate

White composite decking will heat slower than black composite decking. It will also cool down slower. If your deck receives full sun exposure over the course of the day, you might be better off selecting a lighter colouration, especially if you anticipate bare feet on your deck. With limited sun exposure, this factor becomes less of a concern.

4. Order Samples

The colours you view on a digital display are rarely true-to-life. Even when they are, variables like lighting conditions can have a big impact on the presentation of a colour. Samples are the most reliable way to ensure you know precisely what a colour really looks like.

Example Deck Colour Combinations

If you’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, some simple and effective deck colour ideas include:

  • Combine a warmer brown (like Tiki Torch) with cooler whites or blues. Cooler blues harmonise with warmer browns for a peaceful ambiance often found in coastal cities.
  • Teak composite decking complements exceptionally well with green. But pay attention to the undertones of the material; teak with yellow undertones pairs especially well with blue and yellow
  • Combine a cool brown and a warm brown for a classic two-toned deck. This no-nonsense combination makes use of all neutral colours, allowing it to work well in most environments, modern and rustic alike.
  • Grey composite decking with cooler undertones, (like Gravel Path), harmonises well with warmer browns and greys. As a neutral tone, grey pairs well with many colours, helping ensure it’s typically one of the safest colour selections you can make.
  • Walnut composite decking also goes great with grey. And combining two neutral colours allows you to decorate the remainder of your deck with essentially an unlimited range of colour options without clashing.