If you're planning on building a deck, one of your most important considerations is the type of railing you'll need. In additional to keeping people safe, deck railing is also attractive, especially when the right top railing color is used. Here are four factors to consider when choosing a color for a top deck railing, along with how to select a color for an interior railing.
1. Type of Railing Material
Before deciding on a color, the first step is determining the type of material for your railing since this can have a significant effect on a deck's appearance. The kind of railing material you use can also affect durability, maintenance and cost.
As for wood railings, you can always paint wood to whatever color you prefer. But wood involves more upkeep and is prone to insect and water damage. Vinyl has less color choices, so many homeowners opt for white, which is considered a classic shade. However, aluminum railing gives you a much larger selection of colors because of its powder coating that can be produced in several colors. What's more, aluminum is durable, affordable and exceptionally low maintenance.
2. Blend vs. Contrast
After determining the material for your railing, decide if you want the color to blend in with the color of the exterior of your home and its surrounding, or if you want it to have a contrasting look. In addition to noting the colors of your roof, siding, doors and windows, look at any surrounding plants, trees and other elements of nature. Then, ask yourself if you'd rather have your railing blend in with your scenery or have it stand out as a focal point.
Maybe you want the color of the top railing to be the same as your roof, house color or window trim. You could also use a color from the same color family. On the other hand, if you want the color to stand out, why not choose a red color for a white or neutral-colored house exterior.
3. Lighting Conditions
Lighting is another factor affecting the color choice for your railing. One way to decide on a railing color is by putting color swatches in spots where you want your railing, so you can see how lighting changes during 24 hours. You want the color you choose to look appealing while lighting undergoes subtle changes throughout the course of a day.
4. Viewing Angles
Most deck railings can be seen from both inside and outside of a house. That's why you need to consider how your railing will be viewed from inside your home, when gazing through your windows, as well as when you're outside on your deck, enjoying the views.
Deciding on an Interior Top Railing Color
When determining a color for an interior top railing, such as for a bannister, it can sometimes be overwhelming because there are so many different color variations from which to choose. Usually, the same considerations apply as when deciding on an exterior railing color. For example:
Other Considerations and Warnings
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