Colour selection on any home project can be challenging, and at first glance, there are so many options for selecting composite decking colours that it can be overwhelming. There is everything from solid shades to multi-tonal options, but we don’t want that to intimidate you so here are some quick tips on making the process a whole lot more simple, fun and almost foolproof.
Even if we are unsure what colour we want for our composite decking Melbourne, we are likely to favour a group of colours. For example, you may have a home with blue trims and want a deep grey blend in. To compare similar shades, some composite decking brands are organised into categories:
- Golden browns
- Classic browns
- Reddish brown
2.Colours of your home
Perhaps the most significant consideration when choosing the colour of your boards is choosing a colour that compliments your home. Apart from your WPC deck, your home is the most prominent element in your yard. You don’t necessarily want your new outdoor space to be the same colour as your home, but a complementary tone will enable there to be enough contrast for outdoor ambience between house and deck.
For example, almost any tan or brown deck board should work with a home that is yellow, beige, tan or brown. Consideration of undertones and contrast should be observed. If your home is in shades of red, blue or grey, you could opt for another grey tone or any of these colours. Shades of red work well with any colour and make landscaping pop. If your house is white, then you have a whole pallet of colours that you can choose from for your composite decking that will make both your home and deck stand out.
Composite deck comes in warm and cool undertones. If you are familiar with the colour wheel that was taught in schools, undertones of yellow, orange, and red are warm. Blues, greens and violet are on the cooler side of tones. There are also neutral colours such as grey, but it can also have cooler and warmer undertones. For harmonious composite decking, it is best to choose either warm or cool undertones rather than mix and match.
Just as humans need to consider sun exposure, composite decking is affected by the sun too. Anything that is sitting out in the sun all day will get warm, and darker tones will do so more intensely. Regardless of the manufacturer composite decking will get warm from full sun exposure, which means it may be worth opting for a lighter coloured board, particularly if you don’t have an awning or pergola over your deck. In colder climates or with a deck that isn’t exposed to direct sun, darker colours would work well and be less of a concern.
- Go with the flow
When styling our homes, we take into consideration transitions from indoors to outdoors. These transitions usually involve hiding fasteners from a smooth flow to your WPC deck; however, there is also a visual transition to consider. With this in mind, you may want your composite decking board to be comparable to your indoor flooring, which will create a harmonious look between your indoor and outdoor rooms.
6.Strategic placement of colour
For a more artistic look and a significant visual impact, consider using more than one board colour. An example is using one colour for your deck boards and a contrasting colour around the edges as a border. Thinking outside the box will add a bit of wow to your composite decking and a custom look that not everyone has. Picture-framing the edges will create a polished look, but getting the help of a creative contractor can take your design even further with a herringbone pattern of light and dark boards.
7.Online design tools
There are a few online tools that are easy to use, which enables you to test composite decking colours against a variety of house designs. This gives you an accurate representation of your colour choices against your home. You are also able to test railings and baluster options and colours.
8.Order a sample
Using online tools is excellent for design, but visiting a local composite decking warehouse to see the composite decking material in person is even better. It will allow you to understand the product further and how it feels, after all, it is a big purchase ahead of you. You can take advantage of the Superdeck Free sample program by ordering multiple boards without paying for anything. You will be able to test them against your house for a colour match to see what suits your home best.
There is much to consider when installing a WPC deck, and you want each decision to be the right one, especially when it comes to colour. It doesn’t need to be a stressful decision.
Order free samples of the composite deck at Superdeck today!