Alright, let’s talk pergola and deck color options.
The original plan was to get this done in the spring/early summer but then it rained… and rained… and rained some more. But the wood needs to be painted and/or stained so it’s protected from the sun, rain, and snow.
I put together three color combination options. Now, allow me to make this disclaimer– I’m not formally trained in Photoshop. I’m entirely self-taught and it shows with these renderings.
And when I say “white”, I mean the same color as our white trim. And when I say “gray”, I mean the same color as our house. The spindles will stay black. Also, the colors aren’t going to be 100% exact in the renderings. So view the following with semi-squinted eyes.
And one last thing to note: the pergola and deck receive full sunlight all day everyday because it’s on the south side of our house.
pergola, privacy screen, and railings: white // deck base: gray // deck floor: stained wood toned
The first option is painting the pergola, privacy screen, and railings white with an exterior primer and paint. Then, the deck base would be solid stained gray and the deck flooring would be stained a wood tone. I think by painting the pergola white, it will really pop against the gray of our house. And the base of the deck would flow with the rest of the house, especially because the siding on the house and the horizontal deck boards are very similar. But to break up the white and gray and add some warmth, I’d stain the deck floor a wood tone. My only concern is too much brown in one space with our wooden dining table and our conversation set.
pergola, privacy screen, and railings: white // deck base: gray // deck floor: gray
The second option is to paint the pergola, privacy screen, and railings white. The deck base and floor would be solid stained in gray to match the house. Going this route would be simple because I wouldn’t have to figure out what color of wood stain to use. Most places don’t offer stain samples so you have to buy a quart, which is $15-20. And some places don’t even offer quarts, you have to choose a color, get a gallon of it, and cross your fingers that you’ll like it. But I wonder if going with just gray and white will be too boring.
pergola, privacy screen, & railings: stained wood toned // deck base: gray // deck floor: white
The third option is staining the pergola a wood tone, painting the deck floor white, and the base of the deck gray. While I like the look, I’m not entirely sold on this for a couple of reasons. One reason being that the white floors will show a lot of dirt and foot prints. Although I think our outdoor furniture will really pop on top of the white floor. I also worry about stain on the pergola holding up in direct sunlight. I really don’t want to have to re-stain the pergola every year or every other year.