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Every fall, the Domino team patiently watches our inboxes for subject lines that read “color of the year.” One after another, the biggest names in paint reveal what hue their color experts think will hit it big the following year. Now, come spring, brands are starting to take the same approach with wood stains. For the second year in a row, Behr has chosen a stain color of the year and—drumroll, please—2024 is going to be all about Tugboat

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Behr Premium 1-Quart Tugboat Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer Sample, Home Depot ($22)

The shade, as its name suggests, is nautical inspired. Picture a weathered ship that’s taken a few trips around the world—now imagine that same warm wood hue on your deck (or fence or patio ceiling). “It has that complexity where it’s a little bit brown, a little bit gray, but is still very natural and organic,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. The color comes in both a semitransparent and solid stain; the former is the one that achieves that timeworn look that so many shingled houses in the Hamptons are known for. 

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If you had a true paint project in mind for this summer, don’t close out this tab just yet. Behr also recently announced its new Curb Appeal collection, 24 of the company’s most popular exterior swatches that also happen to complement Tugboat. “I like to use greens for exteriors because there’s such a huge range, from very, very light to very, very dark,” says Woelfel. “Midnight Blue is also a beautiful color on exterior siding or as an accent, and Adirondack Blue is another one that’s been popular.” The only thing better than a fresh coat of stain on the porch is a new front door color.

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