Add an accent for style, but easy does it!
With the new composite deck materials being made in so many colours, consider adding an accent colour to your deck to add variety, but don’t overdo it. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, the accent colour should complement or contrast and shouldn’t be too close in colour. When the colours are close, it looks like you tried to match but weren’t successful. It looks like a mistake. Make sure your accent colour makes a clear statement.
Make it a timeless statement
The last thing you want to do is make your composite deck, with a lifespan approaching twenty-five years, look dated or out of style after only a few years. Stick with traditional matches, and if you want to spice up your outdoor space to make it look trendy, augment your deck with products that have a shorter life span, or can be affordably and easily replaced. For example, if you want to add colour to your deck space, do it with colourful cushions or a bright umbrella. Don’t go crazy with your deck choices or zany style decisions.
Odd colour matches and fancy patterns can look pretty to you, but they may not suit the taste of a home buyer if you need to sell. Accents can also be added by adding a different coloured railing. If you stick to the rule, think timeless, you should stay out of trouble. But, even within that, there are a lot of options that can be considered. A little creativity by you and your deck designer should get you a deck that is uniquely yours AND timeless enough to appeal to everyone.
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That’s all for now. Until next time, we’ll keep Building It Right.™