Introducing 2023 Exterior Stain Color of the Year: Cordovan Brown

The deck of a white modern home exterior featuring the solid version of Cordovan Brown.
deck: Cordovan Brown SC-104, walls: Blank Canvas DC-003

For the first time ever, Behr is announcing a 2023 Exterior Wood Stain Color of the Year: Cordovan Brown. Just in time for Spring—Cordovan Brown is a rich, satisfying finish for a sophisticated and timeless outdoor appeal.  The hue pairs well with Behr’s 2023 Paint Color of the Year, Blank Canvas, a warm and welcoming white with limitless possibilities to transform any vision into a reality. This dark wood stain color can create a dramatic look and complements a wide range of architectural styles from traditional to modern.  

A solid and semi-transparent application of Cordovan Brown wood stain.

BEHR® Exterior Wood Stains can be easy to apply and provide a renewed look to exterior wood surfaces. Apply the color to decks, fences, railings, trim and other exterior wood structures for a beautiful look. The natural finish can seal out the elements, and sun’s harmful UV rays. 

Beautiful porch-deck of a beautiful home exterior. This house features Cordovan Brown in its solid version.
body: Even Better Beige DC-010,  trim: Blank Canvas DC-003, deck: Cordovan Brown SC-104
This outdoor living area features a contemporary dining area with a semi-transparent Cordovan Brown ceiling, trim, and posts.
ceiling: Cordovan Brown ST-104, body: Blank Canvas DC-003
A semi-transparent Cordovan Brown pool deck with a small bistro set.
deck: Cordovan Brown ST-104
A wooden fence in the color Cordovan Brown, 2023's stain of the year. The opacity is semi-transparent.
fence: Cordovan Brown ST-104

The 2023 Exterior Stain Color of the Year is available exclusively at The Home Depot in a variety of BEHR products including the #1 rated exterior stain, according to a leading independent consumer publication, BEHR PREMIUM® Solid Color Premium Waterproofing Exterior Stain, as well as BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Trans Premium Waterproofing Exterior Stain, BEHR PREMIUM® ADVANCED DECKOVER®, BEHR® Solid Color House & Fence Wood Stain, and BEHR® DECKPLUS®.

To learn more about Cordovan Brown, including project preparation and application tips, visit

Colorfully yours,  


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