According to research, outdoor living areas have been growing in popularity for a number of years. This trend is still holding strong, with 56% of homeowners surveyed by Houzz making updates to improve their yards for entertaining.

If you too are planning some exciting outdoor space improvements, then one of the first things you need to think about is deck colors. Painting your deck can transform its aesthetic and instantly update the space. 

However, you need to know how to pick the right paint color. Going with the wrong color could land you with an eyesore of a deck, or one that is a pain in the neck to keep clean. 

Fortunately, we are about to share with you the top 5 best colors to paint your deck—for a fresh and professional look. Read on to find out what these are, as well as a few bonus tips for selecting an ideal hue.

1. Slate Grey

If you are after a contemporary feel for your new deck area, then slate grey is one of the best deck paint colors to use. 

Grey is trending across numerous design styles and is particularly iconic to Scandinavian decor. According to a report by Zillow, this year saw Scandinavian minimalism heading outside to grace decks with its modern yet timeless appeal. If you love Scandinavian design or contemporary looks in general, slate grey might be perfect. 

Dark grey is also a practical color. It will not show the dirt or reflect too much glare. Its deep hue can make for an attractive contrast against lighter walls and trim, or it can blend in subtly with dark walls. 

2. Black

If you wish to go even bolder than slate grey, black is another attractive option to consider. Black is one of the best deck colors if you want to make a strong statement, or would like to incorporate high contrast into your outdoor design scheme. 

Take care, however, as black is not as forgiving to work with as grey. You will need to plan your outdoor furnishings tastefully to complement this strong color. Also, be sure to consider the colors of your house, to see if they will work well with a black deck.

Like grey, black is a practical color that is easy to keep clean and will reduce glare. Take note that for uncovered areas, it will soak up heat. This can be either beneficial or unwanted, depending on the climate where you live and whether or not the deck is covered. 

painted blue deck

3. Dark Blue

Another popular, practical, and striking color for decks is dark blue. Dark blue is an interesting color because it can give the feeling of brightness and liveliness, while at the same time being solid and tasteful. 

Dark blue deck colors are ideal for conveying a beach house aesthetic. With its nautical character, dark blue also hints at Mediterranean chic and relaxation. 

On the practicality side of things, dark blue is good at hiding marks. At the same time, it is not so dark that it will make uncovered spaces hot to walk on during midday. 

brown painted deck

4. Chocolate Brown

If you prefer a wood look but don’t want to do wood deck staining, then you can consider painting your deck in chocolate brown. This is a popular deck paint color, and if you don’t look too closely it can yield the feeling of wood to some extent. 

Also, the contrast with your other outside elements will be similar to what you would have gotten with wood. 

Like black, slate grey, and dark blue, chocolate brown is well-wearing and will not show every footprint and mud mark. 

greige deck

5. Greige

Greige is the new grey. And the new beige. Greige is a combination of grey and beige which has been steadily gaining popularity thanks to its smooth versatility and almost perfect balance between warm and cool. 

If you are someone who has a hard time deciding between grey and beige at the best of times, then greige might be the answer. 

Greige is also a nice option to go for if you would like a lighter colored deck. A light deck will bring extra brightness into covered areas, and also into your home if there are any windows between your deck and your home’s interior. 

At the same time, the combination of grey and beige makes for a muted hue that’s good at concealing dirt marks. 

painted deck

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Color

Before you decide on what paint color to use, there are a few tricks and tips to keep in mind.

First, take your home’s exterior color palette into consideration and make sure that your color choice will compliment this. 

Second, factor in your interior flooring. If you wish to create the feeling of one continuous space flowing from inside to without, you can utilize a similar color for your deck paint. 

Lastly, think about the amount of traffic that your deck is likely to see. It is probable that it will get muddy often? Or is it a light-use area? 

If your deck is a high-use area that will see a fair amount of dirt, then it is best to stay away from light colors and choose a darker hue. 

On the other hand, if your deck is a light use area that will mostly be accessed from the house (with less traffic from the yard) then lighter colors could work. 

Now You Know About Some of the Best Deck Colors!

Now that you know about some of the best deck colors to choose from, all that is left to do is find a reliable and experienced contractor to get your deck painted. 

If you are in the Austin, TX area, give us a call. We specialize in professional deck and exterior painting services with a two-year warranty. Schedule a free estimate today, or contact us if you have any questions about how we can make your new deck a reality.