Premium Grade Stain Colors for ShadeScape™ Shelters

We only use the highest quality premium grade stains on all of our outdoor timber frame shade structures. These stains are the standard colors that we have had developed based on customer feedback.

As you browse our gallery of timber frame arbors, pavilions, gazebos and pergolas, notice the examples. If you see something you like, you can have it in any of the many stain colors you see here.

Please note: due to different computer monitors/calibrations stain/paint colors may vary slightly from what is pictured.

Wild Olive

Beach Sand

Rich Cordoba

Rich Sequoia

Canyon Grey



Early American



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Each individual is unique in their response to color, whether it is subconsciously or emotionally. Color can evoke a particular mood, speak a language not spoken in words. It can inspire us to experience joy, even awe combined with massive oversize timber shelters.

Vivid Vibrance

Rich Cordoba

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Rich Cordoba stain adds a deliciously rich and inviting feel to an outdoor timber frame shade structure. Its depth, vibrancy, and superior in stain performance making it the perfect choice for a solid, prestigious appeal especially with such oversized timbers. Rich Cordoba stain is more formal but will resonate secure energy, promoting a feeling of acceptance and stability. To Native American Indians, brown colors represent the power of self-discipline.

Words used synonymously with Rich Cordoba comes in many shades and various hues such as the color: brown, acorn, raw umber, cocoa, toast, chocolate, brazil-nut-brown, almond, roasted chestnut.

Keywords associated to the meaning of the color Rich Cordoba: steady, dutiful, conscientious, seriously dramatic, dependable, responsible, substantial, solid, rich, classy, sophisticated, masculine, vibrancy, depth, inviting, stable, secure, sheltering.



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Natural stain is always in style and goes hand in hand with timber frame and outdoor landscape design. On an outdoor shade structure, the premium grade Natural stain finish gives a comfortable feeling of wholesomeness, family life, loyal friends and dependability. It is also an earthy range of colors for those who have a preference for natural, solidity and simplicity.

The clear finish of Natural stain shows the beauty of the wood as nature designed it. Douglas-fir displays as a more yellow color while a wood such as Incense Cedar or Western Red Cedar have reddish to light brown hues.

From the reddish to yellow hues of wood’s natural color is open and embracing. It stimulates joyful energy and promotes a feeling of acceptance, like the Sun that provides us with light and warmth that we need for this incredible gift we call life. A Natural stain creates a variety of yellowish-warm, and vibrant red colors, exuberantly cheerful, lifting the spirits with optimism and laughter. It breathes a promise of new beginnings, happiness, and hope. Some color analysts state that the color yellow symbolizes love and in the overcoming of challenges through unconditional love.

Clear and colorless Natural stain enriches variegated colors showcased in pure wood itself, ranging from black knots, reds, browns to light yellow. The closest color to describe the overall natural colors of wood would be golden-brown.

Words used synonymously with golden-brown are colors such as fawn, ochre, honey, blonde, sand, umber, khaki, and cornsilk.

Keywords attributed to the meaning of Natural, our clear stain to enhance the inherent beauty of timber:

• pure
• good
• raw
• free
• true
• wild
• charm
• open
• generous
• charm
• mental vitality
• laughter
• clarity
• optimism
• cheerfulness
• summer
• bona fide

• simplicity
• enthusiasm
• spontaneous
• essential
• untamed
• earthy
• sunshine
• guileless
• genuine
• straightforward
• unpretentious
• impulsive
• candid
• charming
• gentle
• warmhearted
• friendly

• intrinsic
• elemental
• native
• innocent
• homey
• down-to-earth
• good-natured
• pleasant
• graceful
• eco-rich
• unsophisticated
• recognizable
• unassuming
• unconcealed
• newborn
• youthful
without ceremony

Warm Welcome

Early American

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Majestically Solid

Early American premium grade stain on an outdoor shade structure gives a solid, earthy appeal to a landscape and is extremely popular in our outdoor solid wood timber frame structures.

The Early American stain is a warm cocoa hue that entreats a sense of intimacy and togetherness to a place where loved ones can gather in your favorite place. Our Early American stain is a warm color that makes you feel like “cacooning”. It is a safe and protective color that gives a sense of belonging, cozy, comfortable, a refuge from the commotion of the outside world. Early American is a down-to-earth color of wholesomeness that gives a sense of belonging, stability, structure, and support; that comfortable feeling of being at home with dependable family and loyal friends.

Words used synonymously with Early American comes in many shades and various hues such as the color: brown, acorn, raw umber, cocoa, light latte, coffee, toast, chocolate, tan, nut-brown, wood, almond, chamois, coyote, chestnut, and espresso.

Keywords attributed to the meaning of the color Early American:

earth, dependable, security, calming, protective, cozy, friendship, nurturing, common sense, organic, healing, orderly, knowing, hearth, caring, stability, simplicity, orderly, protective, outdoors, conventional, elegance, fertility, practical, home, approachable, abundance, grounded, foundation, expressive of Thanksgiving.

Blushing Beauty

Rich Sequoia

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A timber frame outdoor shade structure finished in a Rich Sequoia stain is an awakening, bold and dynamic color that demands attention. Although Rich Sequoia stain is vibrant it also adds an inviting warmth for an artistic landscaping.

The rusty, reddish hue of Rich Sequoia stain boosts mental and physical energy; a determination and power to go after and achieve your goals being willing to take risks. Red mahogany is a tropical tree which Rich Sequoia stain so closely resembles; which is why in part it invites such a feeling of an adventure and exotic experience to an outdoor landscape.

Analysts of color say that rusty brown or reddish clay brown is a show of persistence, yet graceful under pressure, with a pioneering spirit. Rich Sequoia is also associated with ambition, personal freedom, adventure, passion and strength to relationships, in life and work.

Words used synonymously with Rich Sequoia or express its various hues are the color: ginger, copper, cinnamon, terra-cotta, umber, Sienna, Auburn, russet, mahogany, sepia, burnt sienna, chestnut, burnished, reddish-brown, sard, Sardonyx, brick red, and sorrel.

Keywords attributed to the meaning of the color Rich Sequoia:

Communication, excitement, energy, love, strength, passionate, fire, protection, impulsive, vigorous, enthusiasm, energetic, health, assertive, intense, responsible, confidence, fire, activity, desire, the color of life, prosperity, respect, energy, vitality, recognition, and creative mind.

Exotic Oasis

Beach Sand

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In a landscape setting Beach Sand is approachable and welcoming, bringing the sense of nurturing and belonging. It is also an easy color to appeal in charm or sophisticated based upon the colors it accompanies.

Our affinity towards colors has so much to do with our personalities, culture, environment, and life’s experiences. The color of Beach Sand is the color of unbounded beaches and endless deserts; a hue evoking the sense of good health, sensibility, dependability, solitude, and order. Beach Sand is a natural color, the color of sand, wood, and stone. This wholesome tone has the warmth of brown combining the crisp coolness of white with undertones of warm and cool yellow variants. In color psychology, Beach Sand is a practical, foundational color that is neutral, calm, and relaxing. invoking the feeling of honesty, loyalty, and sincerity. Beach Sand is friendly and welcoming, associated with grounding, home, healing, down-to-earth, comfort, warmth, and security.

Keywords associated to the meaning of the color Beach Sand:  bay, sand, wood, dapple, chestnut, nut-brown, tawny,  tan, fawn,  oak,  toast, ecru, ginger, khaki, ochre, puce.

Stunningly Silver

Canyon Gray

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Quiet Balance

Whether you spell it, grey or gray, both are synonymous with or express various hues or shades of grey, such as silver, dove gray, powder grey, ash, oyster, taupe, pearl, and slate, etc. Grey, like black, is a more formal color that looks stunning in a timber frame design.

Our Canyon Grey stain is a wonderful silver-like color. Like, gold, silver is symbolic of riches and is considered distinguished and glamorous, such as being “born with a silver spoon in the mouth”. It is also the traditional color used to celebrate a couple’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Some Native American tribes associate the color gray with friendship, a symbolic of dependability, security, and responsibility. In gemstones, the gray color properties are said to be a healing stone and improve the stability of relationships.

A timber frame outdoor shade structure finished in a Canyon Grey stain has a cooling and stabilizing effect when it is placed against more vibrant colors. In landscaping, gray is a reliable, conservative and composed, color.

Keywords attributed to the meaning of the color gray: practicality, quality, quiet, solid, modesty, distinguished, sophisticated, reliability, self-reliance, classic, balance, neutrality, dignified, intelligence, professional, security, nostalgia, balm, independent, soothing, calming



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Black stain is a bold stain color, with a dominating, dramatically heavy presence that is only enhanced by Western Timber Frame™ massively over-sized timbers.

Landscape color design analysts believe black to be a color of confidence, resilience, self-control with strength and authority. Black is a powerful color and contrasts well with bright colors in a landscape design on an outdoor shade structure. Black is a protective color that has a calm, magnetic, energetic strength to it that evokes a feeling of being grounded. To the Native American, Indian black is a symbol of harmony and listening.

Keywords used in reference to the color black: formal, powerful, bold, elegant, dramatic, authority, wealth, strong, mysterious, classy, polished, classic, stylish, confident, depth,

Words synonymously used to represent shades of black: midnight, obsidian, jet black, ebony, ink, sable, onyx, raven, charcoal, lampblack,


Wild Olive

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Pleasantly Unexpected



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Western Timber Frame™ Alpine stain is popular among our custom stain colors. Alpine white is a color of wholeness, innocence, and completion. In America, white has been a traditional color for weddings, christenings, communions, baptisms, and other joyful occasions. It carries a sense of order, a newness of life, fresh and clean.

White in many cultures symbolizes purity, pristine, open, self-sufficient, goodness, heroism, magnetism, sharing, cleanliness, light, unity, truth, innocence, new beginnings, and as the color of perfection. Words used synonymously with white to explain different shades of white are snow, lily, seashell, whitewash, linen, alabaster, and cream.

Keywords attributed to the meaning of the color White: spotless, virgin, unblemished, fresh, well-kept, tidy, spic and span,



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Click here to view a color teaser and see how light can affect the eyes perception of a color.

We also offer as an upgrade to our outdoor shade structures, customized colors. Talk to one of our design managers if you have something specific in mind.

Made to Your Preference

Custom Color

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Western Timber Frame™ offers custom colors to match the elements of compliment an outdoor environment. Talk with a design manager who can help if you have a particular color stain in mind.

color teaser for perception

Our project managers can help you with all of your color stain ideas in designing your solid wood timber frame kit. Click HERE or Call Today! 877-870-8755