This Is the Deck Stain Color That Will Dominate in Backyards This Year, According to Behr

The paint company chose a rich, classic brown shade for its first-ever stain color of the year.

While Behr is known for its highly anticipated paint colors of the year, which you can use inside your home, the company just debuted a first-of-its-kind wood stain hue for your outdoor living spaces. Meet Cordovan Brown, the brand's first-ever exterior stain color of the year. A classic, dark brown shade, this stain is perfect for your next deck makeover.

Painted home exterior doors
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The hue is a timeless choice for decks and steps thanks to its versatility, said Jodi Allen, the global chief marketing officer at Behr, in a statement. And since the stain works across several design styles, it takes the guesswork out of picking the right one. "Our goal is to make the color selection process easier, so projects can get done quicker," said Allen. "Announcing our first-ever exterior stain color of the year diversifies our color trend forecasting and delivers on the color leadership consumers can expect from Behr."

Home pool lounge area with painted deck
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When it comes to your home, wood stains are just as important as paint, said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. "They offer a polished finish on decks, porches, doors, and more which can enhance the overall curb appeal," she said. "Paint and stain can play off each other beautifully, creating a balanced color scheme on exterior surfaces and structures." If you do use this dark brown stain on your deck, steps, or other wood hardscaping elements, style the rest of your exterior with soft, natural paint colors for contrast and compatibility, Woelfel said.

Home deck painted with Behr paint
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You can shop Behr's 2023 Exterior Stain Color of the Year exclusively at The Home Depot. The color will be available in a variety of products, including Behr's solid color premium waterproofing exterior stain, semi-transparent waterproofing exterior stain, solid color house and fence wood stain, and more.

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