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Get decked out with color


Wondering what one of the biggest trends “on deck” is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That’s because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain.

“There are practical reasons for the trend,” says HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. “First, most decks are made of pressure treated lumber, which has less natural color and grain than more expensive woods like redwood and cedar. And even those woods will lose their natural color with time.”

Wilson says there is a creative reason behind the color trend as well. “Decks today are viewed as outdoor living rooms. Deck owners want to express their individual style with colors and deck accessories.”

Choosing a color theme

When deciding on the right color for the deck, there are a few practical tips. First, you should contrast light house colors with dark stains and vice versa.

“A dark, rich brown against a white house looks fresh and elegant,” says Wilson. “In contrast, a light, sandy brown paired with a dark house gives the space a clean, sophisticated look. If your house is red-based, such as brick, I would suggest going with a cedar-colored stain.”

A new line of waterproofing deck stains reflects the five most popular colors. Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain, comes in Maple Brown (light tan), Acorn Brown (dark chocolate), Honey Gold, Woodland Cedar and Sequoia Red. Each of the colors also comes in three versions, depending on how much color is desired.

* Transparent stain shows the most wood grain with minimum color

* Semi-transparent stain shows medium wood grain with more color

* Solid stain shows the least wood grain with the most color

Punch it up

When it comes to the outdoor space, many deck owners are adding punch by pairing two or more colors of deck stain. Staining the framing boards a contrasting color to the overall shade is a simple way to incorporate a second color. Consider staining the railings a complementary color to the deck boards – or just stain the railings and protect new wood with a clear waterproofer.

Wilson adds that many homeowners think they have to apply a protective coating over a deck stain, but that isn’t the case. All Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stains combine color and waterproofing protection all in one.

“Deck-cessories”

Like any room of the home, furniture and accessories are an easy way to update for today’s trends. For example, purple is the official “color of the year” for 2014, and incorporating the color on a deck with plants and furniture can really liven up the space. Purple and green are a beautiful, natural pairing. Couple purple flowers with green pots or add dark purple pillows to green Adirondack chairs.

“Thinking about your deck in terms of colors opens up a world of creative, beautiful possibilities,” says Wilson. “It’s a simple, affordable way to make a stylish space you can enjoy every day.”

Designer decks

Make an even bolder statement by using deck stains to create a pattern on the deck. Although it takes more time and planning than traditional deck staining, it may be worth the extra effort to achieve that unique style. For example, a checkerboard effect is very dramatic. The project is even fairly easy to execute with advanced planning. Consider pairing natural wood with a red semi-transparent stain to really make the design pop.

Another styling tip is to create a unique design in the center of the deck. Diamonds are a popular trend and easier to create than the checkerboard pattern. Add several connected shapes in different sizes for an added dramatic effect. You can visit www.thompsonswaterseal.com and www.pinterest.com/thomponswseal for a variety of inspirational deck looks and other projects for your backyard oasis.



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