The best color stain for a new deck and pergola will depend on the color of the rest of the decor in the area, as well as the desired style. For example, Better Homes and Gardens recommends gray stains for a seaside look or red stains to complement brick.
When choosing a deck or pergola stain, consider the color and opacity of the stain. Stains range from being transparent to allow the wood grain to fully show with its color unchanged, while others are solid and completely change the color of the wood. It is also important to choose a stain that is specifically made for decks, as other wood stains will not hold up to the foot traffic a deck receives, according to Benjamin Moore.