There are many choices of deck stain colors and tones. Depending on the brand of deck stain, you will most commonly find natural, cedar, brown, and redwood colors to choose from. A few other less common color choices are grays, rustics, and olive colors. Some deck stain brands offer more colors than their competitors.
Another factor that comes into play is the opacity of the deck stain. This will have an influence on how the deck stain turns out. Light colors with fewer pigments will allow more of the wood’s natural characteristics to show through. This type of deck stain color can appear different from one deck to another. Factors like wood age, condition, type, and porosity also play a part. Darker more heavily pigmented colors are more opaque and allow less of the wood grain to show through. The exact deck stain color will be less affected by the wood’s natural appearance.