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Palette & Paints: 8 Colorful Exterior Stains

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Palette & Paints: 8 Colorful Exterior Stains

July 20, 2020

We’ve already polled the members of the Gardenista Architect/Designer Directory to find the best in Exterior Paint colors to help you make one of the toughest household design decisions when the time comes. Today, we scratch the surface of exterior stains for shingled facades, clapboard, and fences. Here are eight of our favorites:

Swatch photographs by Meredith Swinehart.

 Above, left to right: Behr Semi-Transparent in Cape Cod Gray; Timber Pro UV Semi-Transparent in Ebony; Olympic Solid in Forest; Olympic Solid in Wedgewood; Behr Semi-Transparent in Chatham Fog; Behr Semi-Transparent in Colonial Yellow; Olympic Solid in Winning Red; and Behr Semi-Transparent in Slate.
Above, left to right: Behr Semi-Transparent in Cape Cod Gray; Timber Pro UV Semi-Transparent in Ebony; Olympic Solid in Forest; Olympic Solid in Wedgewood; Behr Semi-Transparent in Chatham Fog; Behr Semi-Transparent in Colonial Yellow; Olympic Solid in Winning Red; and Behr Semi-Transparent in Slate.
Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Cape Cod Gray. (We applied two coats to our sample.)
Above: Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Cape Cod Gray. (We applied two coats to our sample.)
Semi-Transparent Stain in Ebony from Portland, OR-based natural finishes company Timber Pro UV will provide a near-solid finish.
Above: Semi-Transparent Stain in Ebony from Portland, OR-based natural finishes company Timber Pro UV will provide a near-solid finish.

Olympic Solid Stain in Forest is a rich Irish green.
Above: Olympic Solid Stain in Forest is a rich Irish green.
Olympic Solid Stain in Wedgwood, named for the famed pottery.
Above: Olympic Solid Stain in Wedgwood, named for the famed pottery.
Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Chatham Fog. (We applied two coats of stain on our swatch.)
Above: Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Chatham Fog. (We applied two coats of stain on our swatch.)
Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Colonial Yellow. (Two coats.)
Above: Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Colonial Yellow. (Two coats.)
Olympic Solid Stain in Winning Red. (For a red-stained barn, see Architect Visit: Deborah Berke Artist&#8
Above: Olympic Solid Stain in Winning Red. (For a red-stained barn, see Architect Visit: Deborah Berke Artist’s Studio in New York.)
Achieve a dark black (but not completely solid) finish with Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Slate. (For a black barn, see Sky High Farm: Artist Dan Colen&#8
Above: Achieve a dark black (but not completely solid) finish with Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Stain in Slate. (For a black barn, see Sky High Farm: Artist Dan Colen’s Painterly Landscape in the Hudson Valley.)
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