The Best Deck Paint Colors for 2024

Choosing a paint color for your deck is an exciting opportunity to highlight your landscaping while expressing your personal style. From traditional, natural browns to vibrant, modern hues, the possibilities are endless! You’ll want to consider the style of your home and choose colors that complement your home’s exterior paint, but that doesn’t mean your deck paint color must match your home exactly. A bold color choice (like dark gray) can be a great way to update the look of your home and add impact to your outdoor space.

Whether you’re working with a brand new deck or an older surface that needs a good color to help hide some wear, our experts are here with inspiration for your outdoor makeover!

Gray Decks

Shades of gray are this decade’s most popular home improvement trend. Since there’s a different shade to complement nearly every home exterior, gray may actually be the best deck paint color! It has taken over outdoor spaces as homeowners update their exteriors with every shade of gray, from warm greige to deep charcoal. This popular neutral color gives decks and patios a clean, modern and sophisticated look. It also coordinates beautifully with common exterior accents like a slate-colored roof, white trim, or a black front door.

Porch Floors: Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Waterborne Solid Stain in Normandy; chairs stained with Arborcoat Solid Stain in CalientePorch Floors: Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Waterborne Solid Stain in Normandy; chairs stained with Arborcoat Solid Stain in Caliente

Light decking colors will reflect the sun’s rays and provide a cooler surface. While a white deck is hard to maintain, a pale shade of gray helps to hide soil that might be tracked across the deck.

Porch floor in Arborcoat Solid Platinum Gray; Siding in Benjamin Moore NormandyPorch floor in Arborcoat Solid Platinum Gray; Siding in Benjamin Moore Normandy

Warm gray shades are the perfect complement to exterior finishes like stone, painted brick, and stained shingles.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Deck Stain in Chelsea Gray; wood shingles in Oxford Brown.Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Deck Stain in Chelsea Gray; wood shingles in Oxford Brown.

Coastal Deck Paint Colors

Coastal landscapes remind us of fresh, crisp colors like light blue, aqua green, navy and white. These resort-inspired shades instantly give your deck a relaxed vibe.

Navy blue is one of today’s most popular interior colors so it’s not surprising to find it outdoors as well. In this creative deck design, crisp navy and white stripes are painted right onto the decking to give the illusion of an outdoor rug.

Image courtesy of Nesting With GraceImage courtesy of Nesting With Grace

Want to try this on your deck? Check out Benjamin Moore’s Hudson Bay and Chantilly Lace for a perfect blue and white combination.

Soft grays with green undertones bring out nature around them and help reflect the sun’s heat for a deck that’s cooler and more comfortable. Soft sage accents have vintage appeal:

Deck painted with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi Solid stain in Imperial Gray with a wooden table painted in Arborcoat Solid Ferndale GreenDeck painted with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi Solid stain in Imperial Gray with a wooden table painted in Arborcoat Solid Ferndale Green

Light tan and oatmeal shades help to keep the deck surface cooler on hot days. These neutral colors work well with the farmhouse style homes that are popular today.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in Arborcoat Solid StainBenjamin Moore Revere Pewter in Arborcoat Solid Stain

Green Decks

As homeowners embrace more sustainable and healthier products, the color green has been trending both indoors and out. Dark green shades evoke formal gardens and traditional architecture.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain, Hunter GreenBenjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain, Hunter Green

If you choose the right undertones, shades like sage green, hunter green, and deep black-green can help your deck blend into a lush green landscape.

Brown And Earth Tones

Earth tones and natural wood looks never really go out of style, but the recent popularity of mid-century decor has put brown back on the list of deck color ideas. Dark brown deck colors provide more coverage and protection from UV rays and add sleek luxury. Choose a rich brown hue to help your deck blend into a wooded landscape, or a warm tan to complement brown and beige exterior paint colors.

Arborcoat Semi-Solid Stain in Cordovan BrownArborcoat Semi-Solid Stain in Cordovan Brown

Chocolate brown adds warmth to this deck and evokes the look of dark, rich earth; it’s the perfect contrast for green surroundings:

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Waterborne Solid Stain in Hidden ValleyBenjamin Moore Arborcoat Waterborne Solid Stain in Hidden Valley

The subtle gray undertones in Benjamin Moore Arborcoat’s Briarwood semi-solid stain gives this deck a smooth, modern feel:

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi Solid Stain in BriarwoodBenjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi Solid Stain in Briarwood

Fairview Taupe is the perfect color to freshen up this deck with a summary vibe. The light, earth-toned brown fends off heat to keep the outdoor living space cool and comfy:

Deck with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Solid Stain in Fairview TaupeDeck with Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Solid Stain in Fairview Taupe

Add interest to earth-toned color combinations with black accents for a modern look.

Arborcoat walls in Translucent Cedar; Siding in Solid Oxford Brown; Deck in Semi-transparent Georgetown GrayArborcoat walls in Translucent Cedar; Siding in Solid Oxford Brown; Deck in Semi-transparent Georgetown Gray

Red Deck Paint

Red deck paint has been popular for decades; it’s a classic deck stain color that probably has roots in our American tradition of red-painted barns. Barn red is a great choice when you want a deck that stands out against neutral colors on your home’s exterior.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain in Barn RedBenjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain in Barn Red

Red can be a dark, solid color that absorbs heat so it may not be an ideal choice for opaque flooring surfaces in direct sun. However, a semi-transparent stain looks beautiful against the wood grain of redwood and cedar that have been finished with an oil-based stain.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Transparent Stain in RedwoodBenjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Transparent Stain in Redwood

Accenting Your Deck with Stylish Colors

Color helps to brighten up a deck and lets you express your personal style. However, bright colors are not for everyone. Accent colors are a great way to add bold color to your deck without overdoing it. The yellow painted ceiling on this covered deck creates year-round sunshine, without interrupting the view:

Porch ceiling in Arborcoat Solid Stain Yorktown Harbor YellowPorch ceiling in Arborcoat Solid Stain Yorktown Harbor Yellow

Your home’s siding can also serve as an accent wall for your deck decor. On this covered porch, the charcoal gray wall is a crisp contrast to the soft gray deck:

Home exterior in Benjamin Moore Whale Gray; Trim and Railing in Distant Gray;Home exterior in Benjamin Moore Whale Gray; Trim and Railing in Distant Gray;

Black has become such a popular interior paint color that it’s no wonder homeowners are using it outdoors too. Remember, dark colors absorb heat! Black is not the best color option for decks that get all-day sun, because they’ll be too hot to enjoy. That extra heat will also increase the load on your air conditioning unit. If you want a black paint job but you’re concerned about the heat, consider limiting it to an accent wall, railings and framing.

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Waterborne Solid Stain in Black is the perfect color to accent the natural wood stain on this covered deck.

Arborcoat Translucent Stain in Mahogany on floors and ceiling; posts in Arborcoat Solid stain in Black.Arborcoat Translucent Stain in Mahogany on floors and ceiling; posts in Arborcoat Solid stain in Black.

Black looks very stylish on mid-century and modern homes, and blends nicely into wooded landscapes. The soft black on this home’s exterior creates contrast against the lighter deck stain, rattan chairs and colorful pillows:

For a similar exterior color, try Ambler Slate by Benjamin MooreFor a similar exterior color, try Ambler Slate by Benjamin Moore

Choosing the Right Deck Paint Product

While your deck may appear to be painted, it could actually be finished with a solid deck stain. Deck stain and paint look similar but there are significant differences between them.

Solid Deck Stain Vs. Deck Paint

Solid latex stain is a water-based product with high opacity that penetrates the wood to create a deep level of protection. It has the same smooth look as paint, but allows some wood grain to show through. Deck paint actually sits on top of wood as a surface coating that is formulated for restorative and non-slip benefits.

Because stain is absorbed into the wood, it is less likely to peel than paint. As the deck weathers over time, a stain will fade gradually, while a paint will eventually peel and chip because moisture and mildew can penetrate the wood.

Read Paint vs Stain: Choosing the Right Finish For Your Outdoor Deck for an in-depth look at these options.

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat solid stain combines the opaque look of paint with the penetration and durability of a stain, providing unmatched color variety (over 3,500 options!) while still allowing some of the wood’s texture to show through. Solid stains are suitable for all wood types, and are especially ideal for pressure-treated woods, or for covering over translucent stains for a new color scheme. If you have an older deck or wood that’s in poor condition, the rich matte finish provided by solid stain will add new life to your outdoor living space. It’s also perfect for painting wood furniture and for creating a painted effect on exterior siding.

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The longevity and quality of your finish are greatly impacted by matching the right product to your deck and environmental conditions, and doing the right prep work. For free expert advice about your project, chat with our team online or text us directly at (203) PRO-HELP.

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