Outdoor living spaces and the Summer season go hand in hand. And with a little planning, the colors utilized in your outdoor living spaces can be every bit as enticing as those you’ve used indoors.
Outdoor Living Spaces
While spending more time outdoors this Summer, you may have noticed that one or more of your outdoor living spaces needs sprucing up. From decks, to screened-in porches, gazebos, or outdoor furniture, a new color will bring new life to each.
When choosing a new hue, take into consideration the fixed elements found on your home’s exterior. For example, if you have masonry or shingles that don’t need replacing, take their colors into consideration. You want anything new you choose to harmonize beautifully with what’s already there.
Once you’ve selected your new color(s), consider the effect you wish to create. Yes, with paint you can cover a surface with opaque color, but you also lose the texture and grain of the wood. Contemplate, instead, the different looks you can achieve by using an exterior stain.
Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat
The following Benjamin Moore photo’s utilize three of the stain finishes available: semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid. They also paid great attention to the structure’s surrounding colors when determining which hue they would use. So, take good notes.
Arborcoat Semi-transparent Stain
Semi-transparent stain enhances wood by adding sheer color. It does this while allowing most of the grain and texture to show through. If you want the end result of your newly stained wood to still look like wood, semi-transparent is the finish for you.
This first photo showcases a fence treated with traditional mahogany colored stain.
The second used an actual paint color, such as you’d find in a paint color fan deck, but shows how lovely it appears in a semi-transparent version. Notice how you can still see the variances in the wood with this look.
Once again this photo uses a paint color, Rustic Taupe, in its sheerest form for an almost whitewash or driftwood look.
Arborcoat Semi-solid Stain
Semi-solid stain covers most wood imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture to peek through. If you desire something more than a traditional wood stain, but nothing as opaque as a solid stain or paint, a semi-solid stain may be right for you.
This deck was painted in a semi-solid charcoal color, Spellbound. Take note of how soft this look is. Even with a darker color, a semi-solid can retain a soft appearance.
Because a semi-solid stain allows some of the wood grain to show through, this dark brown (Ashland Slate) actually ends up giving the home a chic aged look.
Even though Benjamin Moore’s Black was used on this home’s siding, there’s nothing harsh about it.
Arborcoat Solid Stain
Solid exterior stain covers most imperfections found in the wood, and has an opacity that’s slightly lower than a paint. Using a solid stain will allow but a small amount of the wood’s texture to show through.
This home’s shake siding received the best of both worlds. The solid stain in Bennington Gray is gorgeous with the shingles, shutters, and home’s setting, while allowing the texture of the shake to take take center stage.
The next two photos feature solid stain on outdoor furniture. A look I’m particularly fond of. The front porch chairs are painted Hamilton Blue, and the dinner table on the deck below is Ferndale Green.
Variety is the Spice of Life
If you like the idea of multiple looks in the same outdoor living space, take a look at this photo. Semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid stain were all three used on this project.
Prior to starting any exterior stain project, make sure and take the appropriate steps to prepare your wood. This Benjamin Moore video gives tips on how to do just that.
Lastly, if you find a color in one of the featured photos listed in this post, PLEASE do not trust the way it looks on your computer screen. It very well may look incredibly different if you were to go to the store and pick up a paint color chip. The only way you’ll know if you like the color in your space is to sample it for confidence.