Let the ‘Colors of the Wind’ Decide the Best Deck Color for You

The design professionals behind Metaphor LLC discuss the top trending deck colors based on region.

If there’s one thing George Gehringer knows, it’s design.

The Philadelphia native has been surrounded by design his entire life, from studying ceramics in school to starting his career
teaching underprivileged children the world of design as director of education at The Handwork Shop in Richmond, Virginia. After years in the corporate world serving in a variety of different design positions, Gehringer decided he wanted to go into business for himself.

Through many professional associations, Gehringer met Karen Pearlstein, who had an extensive design background as well. After months of talking, the duo decided to combine their expertise and go into business together. In 2003, they started Metaphor LLC to help others make design decisions for their own working and living spaces.

“We pride ourselves on our very unique sense of business,” said Gehringer. “We know how to help every company differentiate themselves from their competitors, much like AZEK and TimberTech. While there are many similarities, there’s also a world of difference.”

Nowadays, decks are being transformed into exterior “living zones" that highlight an individual’s personal lifestyle and unique taste. Whether your color is Mermaid Net, Obstinate Orange or one of the 50 shades of grey, you want to ensure that it’s the best color for your style. There are an array of products, colors and designs to choose from. But it can be challenging to determine the best way to incorporate your taste into what’s trending.

With spring just around the corner, Estate Envy spoke to Gehringer to get the best tips and tricks to determine your ideal deck design.

First things first! Do your research.

This kind of research can actually be fun! Look through magazines, watch home improvement shows and take note of what colors and patterns complement each other and make the area a welcoming atmosphere.

Gehringer & Pearlstein even recommend compiling research on specific outdoor characteristics.

“We attend trade shows, shop the stores, review trade publications and periodicals, and do extensive online research to evaluate and interpret trends in the market,” said Gehringer.

The same year they opened, Metaphor LLC also started a tracking tool called the Color Matrix that concentrates on interiors and allows the company to track color specifications and evaluate the color sales throughout the entire market. Five years later, the company started the Outdoor Matrix to concentrate on outdoor features.

“With the color matrix, we are able to take two-by-two color chips, divide them into color groupings and then track key indicators in the color industry,” said Gehringer. “This has helped us see how colors come in, fade away and sometimes even re-enter the market.”

Check Up On Regional Color Trends.
When choosing a color for your deck, be sure to consider regional preferences.

“All the elements that define outdoor living are integral to our designs,” said Pearlstein. “Our consumers are given valuable color and style information to help them realize their personal design statements for their homes.”

It’s important to look at the frame finishes, railing colors, furniture textiles and the overall feel of your personal outdoor space. These findings will lead you to the ideal deck color. While lighter and brighter colors overpopulate the South, navys and darker shades are gaining popularity in deck designs throughout the Midwest. The East Coast, on the other hand, tends to have darker and more traditional colors like grey, navy and charcoal. Earth tones are more common in the Northwest, and cheery colors dominate the Southeast.

Don't Forget About You! 
At the end of the day, your deck represents you. Don’t forget to add a splash of personality to your outdoor living space. That’s what will set your deck apart from the rest, ultimately boosting the value of your entire home.