7 Tips for Choosing the Right Composite Deck Board Colors

August 14, 2021
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Composite deck board colors come in just about as many hues as real wood — from deeply saturated grays and browns to blonde-like tans. With all the options to choose from, how do you know which one is the right one for your deck and home? We’ve got you.

1.) Familiarize Yourself With Families of Color

When looking for the right composite deck board colors, you likely already have a color family in mind. Do you prefer contemporary grays, warm browns, or bright, sunny tans?

Display swatch of Coastline deck boards

Grays

Gray composite decking is a cool, contemporary choice.
Grays range from light to deeply saturated.

Display swatch of English Walnut deck boards

Browns

Composite decking in brown hues gives you a classic look that pairs well with a variety of different styles of homes.

Display swatch of Weathered Teak deck boards

Tans

Tans and blondes range from almost white composite decking to rich golden hues. All give you an inviting outdoor living space.

2.) Align Composite Deck Board Colors to Your Personal Style

Align composite deck board colors to your personal style

Whether you’re more of a classic traditionalist or a contemporary trendsetter, color plays a big role in how you bring your personal style to life. Various colors will not only give your space a different look but can contribute to a different feel as well.

Deck board color swatches without labels

Find the Right Color for You

From deeply saturated hues to light and bright tans, we have just the right color for your space.

Explore examples of different styles of composite decks and how the deck colors contribute to the overall space.

Composite deck board colors for a modern, high contrast space

A High-Contrast, Modern Space

Recommended Color Family: Grays

For a modern look with lots of contrast, go with a dark deck surface and offset it with white elements for a striking look. The dark surface, made with Dark Hickory boards, gives this deck a contemporary, moody feel, while the white PVC trim and railing lighten the space, keeping it from feeling too dark or heavy.

Composite deck board colors for a bright, sunny vibe

A Bright, Sunny Resort

Recommended Color Family: Tans

Choose light-colored composite decking, like Brownstone (pictured), for an open, airy feel and sunny vibe you can’t get with darker colors. Contrast your light decking with hints of darker elements in your furniture and décor to create balance in your design.

Composite deck board colors for a woodland retreat

A Quiet Woodland Retreat

Recommended Color Family: Browns

Embrace the earthy tones of the forest with rich brown decking like English Walnut™ (pictured). Choosing composite deck board colors that seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment creates a cohesive, harmonious space.  

Get More Deck Color Inspiration

Explore our Inspiration Gallery and search for decks with specific styles to get curated ideas for your own design.

3.) Consider Your Home’s Architecture & Color Scheme

When your deck complements your home, it gives your whole exterior a unified look and feel — so it’s important to consider your home’s style when choosing your deck colors.

Different architectural styles have different color palettes, so go with the composite deck board colors that pair best with your home’s style.

Composite deck board colors for a coastal home

Coastal-Style Home

Coastal homes are known for their crisp white trim and light, fresh color palette.

Recommended Color Families: Light grays and tans

Composite deck board colors for a mid-century modern home

Mid-Century Modern Home

Mid-century modern homes champion angles, mixed materials, and a natural color palette.

Recommended Color Families: Saturated grays and browns

Composite deck board colors for a craftsman style home

Craftsman-Style Home

Craftsman-style homes focus more on architectural details than a specific color palette, but typically benefit from cool hues.  

Recommended Color Family: Grays

4.) Get Creative With Color Combinations

Your composite deck doesn’t have to just be one color. You can mix and match color choices for a look all your own. When thinking about color combinations, there are a couple different ways you can go:

Complementary composite deck board colors

Keep It Complementary

Recommended Color Families: All three

Create a complementary pairing by mixing colors with the same cool or warm undertones. Mix rich browns like Mocha and Pecan (pictured), for a warm, traditional feel for your deck. Combining light and dark grays will give you more of a contrasting, modern feel.

Contrasting composite deck board colors

Go for Dynamic Contrast

Recommended Color Families: Grays and browns

Create a bold combination by choosing both a warm and cool tone.

Mixing two richly-hued, contrasting colors like Mahogany and Dark Hickory (pictured), give your deck a dynamic, head-turning look.

Choose more than two composite deck board colors

Choose More Than Two Colors

Recommended Color Families: All three

Create both complements and contrast in the same deck design by choosing three or more colors for your deck.

The mixture of Coastline®, Dark Hickory, and Mahogany gives this deck a unique, edgy look — and the cool curved design doesn’t hurt, either.

5.) Create a Seamless Transition From Indoors to Outdoors

Decks are ideal transitional spaces — they bridge the indoors and the outdoors, creating a comfortable place to enjoy indoor comforts with outdoor beauty. Include elements of your interior design in your deck design — such as the color scheme or flooring trend — for a seamless transition from indoors, out.

Composite deck board colors for an indoor flooring look

Create an Indoor Flooring Look Outdoors

Recommended Color Families: All three

Bring interior flooring trends, like a chic herringbone pattern, to your outdoor deck design to give your deck the look of hardwood flooring.

For a classic hardwood flooring look, use narrow-width (3.5”) boards. If you’re interested in a more modern look, try wide-width (7.25”) boards for your deck.

Composite deck board colors to complement your interior design

Bring Your Interior Color Scheme to Your Exterior

Recommended Color Families: All three

Pull a color or two from your interior design into your exterior to coordinate the two color schemes for a curated look. If you have a sturdy covered deck feature, such as a roof extension, you can even bring classically interior décor pieces outdoors. Just make sure any furniture items are outdoor rated.

6.) Think About Climate

Another important consideration when choosing composite deck board colors is the climate and sun exposure your deck will face. As you probably remember from school, darker colors soak up the sun and retain more heat than lighter colors.

If your deck gets full sun exposure, going for lighter colors will mean you deck stays cooler — and bare feet stay happy.

Composite deck board colors for decks in full sun

The Best Decking for Full Sun

Recommended Color Families: Light grays and tans

TimberTech AZEK® capped polymer decking is designed to stay up to 30° cooler* than competitive decking products, making it ideal for full sun decks and pool decks.

Choose light TimberTech AZEK decking colors for the coolest underfoot feel.

*Although TimberTech AZEK decking products are cooler to the touch than many other deck board products, all decking products will get hot in the sun. Additionally, the darker the decking color, the hotter it will feel. For hotter climates, consider choosing a lighter color.

7.) Don’t Forget About Railing

Your color journey isn’t over once you choose your composite deck board colors. Whether your deck requires a railing (meaning your deck surface is 30” off the ground or higher), or you’re adding one as a design element, you have options. Consider how your railing colors and materials can contrast or complement your deck and home.

Mixed railing materials for your deck perimeter
Pictured: Classic Composite Series Drink Rail in White with Pecan deck board top rail and black and black aluminum balusters.

Railing Materials

Various railing materials give your deck a different look and feel — and curating your desired look is about more than your top rail choice.

Railing infills can make a big impact on your design.

For instance, stainless steel cable railing infills will deliver a modern, industrial feel, while a crisp white composite railing may have a more traditional feel.

Create contrast by mixing railing colors
Pictured: Classic Composite Series Premier Rail in White with black composite balusters.

Railing Colors

In addition to customizing your railing materials, you can also customize your railing colors for your:

  • Top and bottom rails
  • Railing posts
  • Balusters (aluminum or composite)

Your color choices can either complement your deck design and home, or create striking contrast.

Start With Popular Composite Deck Board Colors From TimberTech

With tips to help you choose the right composite deck board colors for your outdoor living space, you’re ready to start exploring your options.

And why not start with the most popular choices from TimberTech?

Display swatch of Mahogany composite deck boards

Mahogany

Display swatch of Slate Gray composite deck boards

Slate Gray

Display swatch of Tigerwood composite deck boards

Tigerwood

Find the inspiration you need to spark your creativity with our top three samples and the Outdoor Living Guide — all available in our convenient sample Starter Kit. Order one today to begin your color journey.

Kickstart Your Journey
With the Starter Kit

Compare easily with this mix of contemporary gray and brown samples, all while sparking your creativity thanks to our Outdoor Living guide.

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