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Seeking Black Composite Decking? Level Up With Rich Browns & Grays

March 18, 2021

Looking for black composite decking to give your home a dynamic, bold look? Black is a statement-making choice for your composite deck — but you don’t have to stick with just black to get the look you want. You can achieve many of the same aesthetics with rich grays and browns.

We Don’t Offer Black Composite Decking — We Offer Something Even Better.

Black composite decking can show signs of foot traffic — plus, it gets hot and stays hot. The superior alternative? Saturated browns and dark grays. 

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection in Dark Hickory with rocking chairs

Reasons You May Want Black Composite Decking:

  • Gives you a bold, striking aesthetic.
  • Matches with the exterior style of your home.
  • Doesn’t show wear and tear as easily as lighter colors.

Here’s the thing: Black composite decking will necessarily retain the most heat and can lock you into black-only trim if you want your home exterior to match.

Why Our Darkly Saturated Alternatives Are Better:

Our rich brown and gray composite decking colors give you all the benefits of black composite decking — and then some.

Looking for More Deck Color Ideas? Discover our nature-inspired color portfolio and get tips for mixing and matching colors for a truly unique look. EXPLORE DECK COLOR IDEAS

Design Ideas Based on Your Style of Home

Homes with bold elements, such as dark trim, work particularly well with alternatives to black composite decking, like our rich grays and browns. Some styles of home that are well-known for high-contrast trim and other striking looks include:

White house featuring AZEK Exterior Trim and Moulding

Traditional

Traditional-style homes are characterized by:

  • Often a dark, warm color palette.
  • Symmetry.
  • Harmony and order.
  • Details, but are not overly ornate.
Dark blue house featuring AZEK Exterior Trim and Moulding

Bungalow or Craftsman

Bungalow- and craftsman-style homes have many of the same characteristics, including:

  • Dormer windows.
  • Veranda with exposed eaves.
  • Hand-crafted stone or woodwork.
  • Mixed materials used throughout the structure.
Decking featuring TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection Mocha with two outdoor chairs

Mid-Century Modern

Characteristics of mid-century modern-style homes include:

  • An emphasis on functionality.
  • A mix of geometric and organic shapes.
  • Minimal ornamentation.
  • Juxtaposition of contrasting materials.

For a Traditional-Style Home

Keep It Classic With Black Composite Railing

Complement your home’s dark trim with black composite railing. Composite railing offers a traditional milled wood look for a classic vibe.

For deck accents, choose dark colored outdoor furniture and brighten the space with throw pillows, blankets, and greenery.

Use Warm, Dark Colors for a Cozy Atmosphere

Warm, dark colors are common in traditional-style homes and help spaces feel cozier. Mix warm neutrals in your outdoor furniture with a variation of black composite decking for an inviting feel.

For even more warmth, incorporate deck lights like lanterns or in-deck lighting.

For a Bungalow or Craftsman-Style Home

Stick to an Earthy, Neutral Color Palette

Play off the natural materials used in your craftsman- or bungalow-style home via earthy, neutral-hued accents like furniture or potted plants. To complete the space and add a touch of contrast, mix and match railing materials for a custom railing.

For a Mid-Century Modern-Style Home

Go Bold With Primary Colors

The mid-century modern style champions neutrals, but welcomes pops of primary colors.

Use one primary color in deck accents for a minimalist look or incorporate all the colors for an eclectic Bauhaus vibe.

Mix Organic and Geometric Shapes

Create a sense of harmony between geometric and organic shapes with a low-to-the-ground deck encircled by elegant landscaping.

Garden greenery brings attractive visual contrast to your deck’s crisp profile and creates a seamless transition from deck to yard.

Use Dark Colors for High-Traffic Decks

Unlike black composite decking, dark grays and browns are less likely to show foot traffic, making them perfect for decks with high traffic. With so many family and friend gatherings taking to the outdoors, choosing a dark color for your deck can mean cleaning the surface less frequently.

Get a More Nuanced, Nature-Inspired Look With Dark Browns & Grays

The TimberTech color portfolio offers rich browns and grays that give you the bold look of black composite decking — but with a more nuanced, nature-inspired aesthetic.

Rich Grays From TimberTech® AZEK® & TimberTech PRO®

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection in Dark Hickory with outdoor furniture

Dark Hickory

From the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection®

Choose this color for: A striking, dark look that adds a touch of the dramatic to your space.

White house featuring AZEK Exterior Trim and Moulding

Espresso™

From the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection

Choose this color for: A bold, yet nuanced look thanks rich, color-blended hues.

Rich Browns From TimberTech AZEK

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection in English Walnut with black outdoor furniture

English Walnut™

From the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection

Choose this color for: A soft warmth achieved with varied color-blended hues.

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection Mohagany with white adirondack chair

Mahogany

From the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection

Choose this color for: A luxurious hardwood feel due to a richly hued brown.

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Harvest Collection in Kona with couple sitting on steps

Kona®

From the TimberTech AZEK Harvest Collection®

Choose this color for: A sophisticated look with its solid, rich color.

Rich Browns From TimberTech PRO

Deck Featuring TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection in Pecan with outdoor seating area

Mocha

From the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection

Choose this color for: A reclaimed wood look with high board-to-board variation.

Deck Featuring TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection in Pecan with outdoor dinning area

Pecan

From the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection

Choose this color for: A warm charming vibe with high color variation.

Deck Featuring TimberTech PRO Reserve Collection in Dark Roast with dining and living area

Dark Roast

From the TimberTech PRO Reserve Collection

Choose this color for: A rustic wood feel due to its deep dark brown.

Now that you’ve discovered even-better alternatives to black composite decking that can give you the look you want — without the heat build-up and visible foot traffic — it’s time to take a closer look at your options. Order up to four free samples of our dark gray and brown options to determine which suits you and your home’s exterior best.

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