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Having a new deck railing installed can be an exciting addition to your deck. Along with the durability of today’s railings, the colour of the railing is probably one of your key considerations to decide.

Outdoor railing

 

Today’s railings are not only stylish and strong; they come in many different colour choices for you to choose from. They have exceptional resistance to stains, moisture, UV rays, decay and colours designed to complement almost any architecture or design aesthetic. So how do you choose the ideal colour for your railing?

Chosen Material

Before you pick a colour, decide on your chosen railing material first. This will affect your colour options and availability. Vinyl and aluminum will all take on a different tone, and some have powder coating finishes that will affect the colour as well.

Not all rail styles are available in all colours, so keep that in mind if the colour is your most important feature. Some systems have components that can be mixed and matched to achieve a custom look. You may even consider choosing a colour or multiple colours to match or contrast with features on or around the home.

Visual Effect

Another decision to be made is whether you want the railing to blend with the surrounding or contrast with it. Take a look around to see what features you want to enhance and call attention to such as the deck, trees, plants, walking paths, etc. Do you want your railing to be the predominant feature or blend in with the scenery? Also keep in mind that the darker the colour of the railing, the clearer the view through the railing.

Lighting

As with the inside of your home décor, outside lighting will greatly affect the appearance of your railing’s colour.  Before you make any decisions on colour, examine the railing swatches throughout the day into the evening. You want to see how it looks in various exterior conditions such as dawn, bright sunlight, under clouds, sunset and evening. By taking time to do this exercise, you will get a better sense of what colour you want for the railing.

Colour Preference

There are many colours to choose among, but many homeowners tend to stay with basics. Here are some examples of why.

  • White looks especially striking in coastal settings or against a home with crisp, white trim. If you’re adding a railing to a front porch, this classic white is a can’t-miss choice.
  • Black provides the perfect balance of traditional styling and contemporary flair. Just as a touch of black works with almost any décor, black railing works well with almost any home exterior: brick, stucco, cedar shakes or shingles, as well as fibre-cement or vinyl siding.
  • Brown is perfect for those who appreciate a darker colour railing but don’t want black. If your lot is heavily wooded, then you might like the idea of your rail blending seamlessly with the surroundings.

Your Choice

In the end, the choice is yours for choosing the railing colour. Take a bit of time and do a bit of investigating because this is a long-term decision that affects the look of your home and outside surroundings.

 

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