4 Organic Wood Stain Colors for Your Deck

Colors of Wood Stain Plucked From Nature

4 Organic Wood Stain Colors for Your Deck

Q: What are the Best Deck Stains for a Natural Look?

A: The beauty of a wood deck transforms your home and yard. It provides an oasis for the family to rest after a hard day's work and a stage for entertaining friends on the weekend. You want to protect the wood for years, while complementing its natural grain and adding style. Consider blending your deck into the beauty of your backyard with one of these four wood stain colors borrowed directly from nature.

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Blends with surroundings - Dark Oak
Blends with surroundings - Dark Oak

Dark Oak on Cedar

Blends with surroundings

Dark Oak

Like the stately trees that give this option its name, Dark Oak wood stain colors your deck with a subtle layer of warm brown. The semi-transparent quality allows the grain of the wood to show through, which only adds to the natural beauty of the wood. New decks may be the best bet for semi-transparent deck stain colors.

Many house styles would look great with Dark Oak boards out back. Because this is a warm yet subdued shade, it can provide the perfect backdrop for any type of outdoor furniture, planters, or other decorations you keep on your deck.

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Ideal for Plain Boards - Redwood Naturaltone
Ideal for Plain Boards - Redwood Naturaltone

Redwood Naturaltone on Hardwood

Ideal for Plain Boards

Redwood Naturaltone

Redwood Naturaltone is a blend of wood stains and sealants that provides more coverage and does not show off the wood grain, so it is ideal for plain boards that have no natural interest. 

You deck will provide a pop of color when you use Redwood Naturaltone to give it a slightly russet, golden tone. For an added bonus, the convenience of sealant included right in the mixture makes application so much easier and quicker.

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Deck Restoration - Autumn Gray
Deck Restoration - Autumn Gray

Autumn Gray on Redwood

Deck Restoration

Autumn Gray

Replacing a worn out or faded deck costs a lot of money and can cause damage to your house and yard. Instead of considering a full renovation project, many homeowners opt to restore instead. As long as the deck is structurally sound, the property owner can easily finish this job in a weekend.

Old, weathered boards will get new life with a coat of Olympic’s RESCUE IT!® MAX Resurfacer & Primer & Sealant in warm Autumn Gray. Most colors of wood stain seek to erase the appearance of time and wear. This unique shade embraces it and combines the beautiful gray patina of age with an undercurrent of warm brown that will invite people to stay and rest a while.

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Hides Wood's Imperfections - Timberline
Hides Wood's Imperfections - Timberline

Timberline on Pressure-Treated Wood

Hides Wood's Imperfections


While soft browns and weathered grays interest many property owners when they first think about refinishing their deck, others prefer a bolder shade. Timberline brings to mind towering redwoods and sun streaming through the high branches of trees in full autumn leaf.

Timberline has a warm brown tone with a generous tinge of red that will work well with more rustic house styles and woodsy backyards. This stain is a solid color so it can hide many imperfections in the deck's wood, or revitalize worn boards.

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