Entertaining is a quintessential part of Australian life all year round, and especially when the weather is fantastic. It’s just a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family outside. Whether it’s an outdoor barbecue dinner, nights spent reminiscing by the fire pit or a sunny weekend in the pool, the right decking solution can elevate the entire experience.
Just as important as selecting a smart decking material like HardieDeck™ is choosing the right coating and colour to complement the rest of your home. Here’s what you need to know to create an aesthetic that turns your outdoor space into a second living area.
Choosing the right look for your deck
You’ll obviously want to take into account the exterior of your home and its overall design – there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when choosing best colour finish for your HardieDeck.
Are you after a modern look? Grey has been on-trend as a house paint colour in recent years, and it matches well with a range of other shades – whether you go with a light grey, mid-grey or deep basalt colour. Alternatively, a warm sand tone can really provide a pop of summery colour when showing off your deck.
Prefer a more industrial style? A clear finish showcases the strength of your HardieDeck while complementing a home that always strives to stand out. Want character, honesty and raw appeal? Go clear.
A clear finish for your HardieDeck provides a modern industrial look!
Consider the overall aesthetic
Because you have a wealth of options at your disposal with HardieDeck colour finishes, it’s important that you take into account the finished look before committing to a decision.
Think about what you want your outdoor space to be. Is it simply a place where the kids can play in the pool, or is it more of an entertaining space for special occasions. Maybe it’s a common area, especially during the warmer months, or even a second living space.
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If that’s the case, you want your decking solution to act as an extension of your overall home – not an addition that looks out of place. So think about using the decking’s colour, material and even additional things like furniture and lighting to create a passive, natural flow from indoor to outdoor.
Three Birds Renovations create a seamless indoor-outdoor look by choosing a grey tint for the HardieDeck which matches the interior aesthetic.
Make sure you comply with the seal and colour guide
In order to get the most out of your HardieDeck and help it perform for years to come, you need to ensure your choice of colour finish is compliant with the HardieDeck sealing guide, which you can download here.
For example, a range of sealers and finishes are recommended for HardieDeck decking but they aren’t always suitable for every application. You’ll have different requirements for a colour finish in contrast to a natural concrete look, for example.
Also important is to maintain your HardieDeck after you choose your colour finish and add the sealed layer. This will involve regular cleaning, taking steps to minimise wear and tear over time, and resealing whenever necessary.
With the right colour finish and attention to detail, your HardieDeck will be a fantastic complement to your home so you can enjoy entertaining and relaxing for many years to come.