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6 Popular Cable Railing Color Options

At Keuka Studios, we provide endless options for cable railing customization. We offer five signature railing post styles and an array of post and top rail materials. Once you’ve selected the design of your railing system and your desired materials, you can also choose your finish. If you opt for a powder coat, you can select one of our standard colors or a customized shade.

When choosing a powder coat for your cable railing system, you should consider a few important factors. You can read more about these considerations here. If you need some design inspiration, take a look at our six most popular cable railing color options: “Raven Black,” “Sparkle Silver,” “Dazzling Pewter,” “Oil-Rubbed Bronze,” and “Gamblers Gun Grey.”

1. “Raven Black”

With both interior and exterior applications, many of our clients pick a classic black powder coat for their cable railing system. Our “Raven Black” option matches virtually any natural setting, interior design scheme, and top rail material. In the photo below, the railing features black powder-coated steel posts paired with a maple wood top rail. The dark railing posts create a striking contrast with the home’s white walls and Douglas fir exposed beams.

Interior cable railing and double stringer staircase.

2. “Sparkle Silver” Powder Coat

If you’re looking for a cable railing system with a modern edge, consider the “Sparkle Silver” shade. This lustrous, soft silver powder coat adds a reflective and metallic look to any railing and mimics the look of stainless steel with the added cost.The owner of this luxurious home chose a “Sparkle Silver” powder-coat for their steel Chicago Style cable railing system. Both the silver posts and light wood top rail contribute to the sleek monochromatic aesthetic of the home exterior.

complete modern railing system

3. “Dazzling Pewter” Cable Railing Color

“Dazzling Pewter” is a matt dark grey shade with a slight sand paper like texture for a more industrial feel. The rustic barn pictured below features a floating staircase and cable railing system with “Dazzling Pewter” powder-coated stair stringers and railing posts. The color contrasts nicely with the antique Oak treads and handrail without being overpowering.

4. Cable Railing Color Option: “Gamblers Gun Grey”

“Gamblers Gun Grey” also has a metallic look but a more muted appearance than “Dazzling Pewter.” This powder coat shade is particularly popular among clients who have contemporary taste and want a cable railing system that harmoniously melds with its surroundings. Our clients in Martha’s Vineyard chose “Gamblers Gun Grey” powder-coated aluminum posts and a white oak top rail for their rooftop deck cable railing system.

Modern rooftop deck with view of the water in Martha's Vineyard

5. “Oil-Rubbed Bronze”

The “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” cable railing color option is particularly popular for exterior applications. The deep brown shade has a natural look that seamlessly blends with natural landscapes. For example, Keuka Studios designed and crafted this cable railing for the observation deck at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” powder-coated aluminum posts and top rail complement rather than distract from the sprawling natural scenery.

Expansive view of the river beyond can be seen from this observation deck.

6. White Powder Coat

White powder-coated railings have a clean, simple, and sophisticated look. Many of our clients in coastal areas who want to achieve a nautical aesthetic opt for a white powder coat. Keuka Studios crafted the cable railing system shown below for a hotel lobby that was designed to resemble a ship deck. The railing features steel posts, a teak wood top rail, and stainless steel infill cables.

Hotel lobby relaxing area.

Don’t see the cable railing color that’s perfect for your project? While these are our most popular powder coat options, we offer a much larger selection than what’s shown above. For example, we crafted a green cable railing system for a modern log cabin tucked in a Washington forest. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for in our cable railing gallery, contact us and ask about powder coat color customization.

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5 Ocean View Cable Railing Decks

Pool Deck Railing in the background view from the open living space with Pergola night lighting.

If you own an oceanfront home, you understand the importance of intentional design that preserves the natural views. Moreoever, you likely want these views to be the architectual focal point of the home. At Keuka Studios, we design and build ocean view cable railing systems that can add sophistication to any deck or balcony. Our railing systems use stainless steel infill cables that blend in with the ocean backdrop, creating an unobstructed vistas. Also, our cable railings have slender posts and flat top rails don’t distract from the view beyond. Whether your beach house has a modern, nautical, or coastal design style, Keuka Studios can craft a custom railing system that blends seamlessly with your home’s existing architecture. For exterior design inspiration, check out these seaside railings we’ve designed for our happy customers.

Ocean View Cable Railing Inspiration

Cable Railing by Keuka Studios used on this Indoor outdoor living space

1. Hawaii Dining with an Ocean View

This Kauai Island home, aptly named “Hale Ike Mala” ( or “Love of the Garden”), incorporates our Kauai Style cable railing. The architect designed the Hawaiian mid-century modern home with seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor living spaces. Our Kauai Style railing aids these transitions with posts and top rail that match both the interior and exterior architecture. Furthermore, the railing provides unobstructed views of the ocean, flora, and fauna from the deck and within the home.

Cable railing on deck overlooking North Shore harbor

2. North Shore Natural Design

Located in the historic North Shore of Massachusetts, this harbor home sits on a natural cliff overlooking the ocean. Featured in Northshore Magazine, this home cohesively combines stone, steel, and wood. Both the deck and indoor staircase have Ithaca Style railing.

Pool Deck Railing in the background view from the open living space with Pergola night lighting.

3. Turks and Caicos Private Villa

In Providenciales, Turks and Caicos you’ll find the luxury vacation rental of your dreams. The Villa Capri overlooks turquoise water perfect for snorkeling. Complete with an infinity pool, the villa has four king-size bedrooms, a 4,000-square-foot patio, and a private wood dock. To preserve the view of the azure ocean, Villa Capri installed Keuka Studios Ithaca Style railing on the seaside perimeter. The railings have solid aluminum posts and a silver powder-coated aluminum top rail.

4. Oceanside in Old Greenwich

The backyard of this Old Greenwich, Connecticut home has both horizontal and vertical cable railing. The horizontal Ithaca Style railing preserves the view of both the pool and ocean from the back porch. For added safety, we designed verticle cable fencing and a matching gate in stainless steel for the pool area. The property also includes Keuka Studios cable railing on an exterior staircase, second-floor balconies, and on top of a stone retaining wall.

Pool deck railing overlooking the ocean on the Jersey shore.

5. Jersey Shore Outdoor Lounge

Perfect for suntanning and a swim, the deck on this Jersey Shore home features an Ithaca Style cable railing system. The railing surrounds an outdoor living space complete with a pool, lounge area, and bar. We crafted the railing posts with 6061 T6 clear anodized aluminum so it can withstand corrosion from the salty sea air. Similarly, we used IPE (Brazilian walnut) for the top rail because of its natural resistence to whethering.

Have questions about cable railing? Visit our website, www.keuka-studios.com. To discuss ordering and installing Keuka Studios cable railing, contact Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or (585) 487-6148.

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4 Mountain View Cable Railing Decks

A home tucked away in the mountains that overlooks vast forest and valleys is any nature lover’s dream. With an organic mountain vista all around you, the architecture of your home shouldn’t stand in the way of the view. Rather, it should enhance it. By installing cable railing on your deck or patio, your mountain home can have both a modern design and a natural, unobstructed view.

Keuka Studios has created cable railing systems for homes in mountain ranges across the U.S. To name a few, we’ve designed railings for clients in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Also, we’ve designed railings for clients in Canada. For example, we crafted a custom railing for a client in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. All of our railing systems arrive at their destination ready for assembly.

Interested in ordering a custom cable railing for your home? Whether your project is indoors or outdoors, Keuka Studios can design the perfect railing system for you. If you need design ideas for your future railing system, take a look at these cable railings we’ve crafted to help maximize aerial views.

Mountain View Cable Railing Inspiration

Timber deck with cable railing

1. The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Located near Biltmore Lake, this mountain home with a large timber frame incorporates Keuka Studios Ithaca Style railing. The railing has “Raven Black” powder-coated steel posts and a Brazilian walnut top rail.

San Francisco deck with dining table and cable railing

2. San Francisco, California

For our client in San Francisco, we designed a cable railing that preserves this amazing overlook. When they dine on the deck, the homeowners have a panoarmic vista of the whole city. The railing features a wood top rail and steel posts powder coated in “Raven Black.”

Close up of silver powder-coated post and aluminum top rail

3. Bear Mountain, California

Keuka Studios designed cable railing for a California home that looks out on Big Bear Lake. This home near the popular Bear Mountain ski resort features a concrete curved deck with our Keuka Style cable railing. The photo below is a close up of the railing’s “Silver Vein” powder-coated steel posts and matching aluminum top rail.

Slate deck with cable railing

4. Soquel, California

Our Ithaca Style cable railing preserves the view from this slate deck overlooking a California hillside. The railing features “Dazzling Pewter” powder-coated steel posts that match perfectly with the slate. In order to create contrast, the homeowner chose Brazilian walnut (IPE) for the wood top rail.

Have questions about cable railing? Visit our website, www.keuka-studios.com. Also, you can contact Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or (585) 487-6148 to discuss ordering and installing a Keuka Studios cable railing,

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Design Trend: Blackened Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for cable railing with the durability of stainless steel but aren’t a fan of the metal’s bright luster, then blackened stainless steel may be the perfect material for your new cable railing. Here at Keuka Studios, we now offer stainless steel cables and fittings with a black patina made from Type 316 marine grade stainless steel.

With the black stainless steel appliance trend still gaining steam in 2018, our product carries this unique look beyond the kitchen. By incorporating black stainless steel cable railing into interior staircases or balconies, you can create a sleek, cohesive look throughout your home. If you want your space to have a minimalist, rustic, or urban-modern interior design, blackened stainless steel will give an understated look to your railing system. Plus, the blackened metal will seamlessly match dark or muted hues on your walls or within your decor.

When it comes to exterior staircases and decks, black stainless steel cable railing can heighten transparency, depending on the location. If your home or business has a naturally dark environment, for example, if your deck overlooks a wooded area, black stainless steel blends into the background and thus doesn’t distract from the view.

Interested in black stainless steel? Contact us today. 

Email Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or call (585) 487-6148 to discuss customization. 

Black cable railing in mountain home interior.

Open-tread stairs with black cable railing

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Maintaining IPE Decking

Famous "Glass and Wood" home with Ithaca style cable railing.

Maintaining the natural beauty of IPE decking requires some care when installing and during yearly maintenance.  IPE is a natural material that moves with the elements, therefore, it is subject to checking (looks like cracking), twisting, warping, and cupping similar to other types of woods. Proper installation and maintenance are key to the long-term beauty of your deck.

There are many websites that you can access to obtain a variety of expert advice for caring for your IPE. Below are some helpful recommendations.

What are some helpful recommendations for IPE Deck Care?

Always seal the cut end (end grain) of the board with a paraffin wax, such as Anchorseal.
Do not install decking without an oil-based finish being applied to all four sides with sufficient rack time to dry.
Do not use film finishes such as a varnish

What type of finish should I use on IPE Decking?

Finish the IPE with a penetrating oil. We have had good experience using Penofins for hardwoods. When applying, use a brush, rag or sponge. Once applied,, wipe and remove all excess oil. DO NOT over apply as it will become sticky and tacky and my take a very long time to dry. IPE does not soak up the oil like a softwood does.

CAUTION: The rags (applicators used) are FLAMMABLE and must be disposed of properly – READ the manufacturer’s instructions for disposal.

How do I maintain my IPE Deck and Railing?

Our recommendations for maintaining IPE are to routinely clean off your deck by sweeping off leaves and hosing off spills and mud to help prevent staining. Depending on the amount of sun exposure the deck receives, you may need to thoroughly clean and re-oil your IPE yearly or bi-yearly. Thoroughly wash your deck with a product made for this application and allow it to dry completely before re-oiling.

Proper installation and care for your IPE deck and railings will greatly influence the beauty and longevity of your deck.

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New For 2019! Black Stainless Steel Cable Railing

Blackened Stainless Steel Cable Railing

Black Stainless Steel Cable Railing by Keuka Studios:

Looking for an alternative to stainless steel? Keuka Studios is proud to announce that we now fabricate black cable railing systems. We have blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless cable fittings available to purchase today for cable railings. Black is making a comeback in 2018-2019 and you can now purchase blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless fittings for your cable railing system to go with your all-black decorating theme. This is a hot new design trend in 2019. Our black cable railing and hardware is made of Type 316 marine grade stainless steel and black-oxide coated.

Common Questions:

What is blackened stainless steel?

Typically, blackened stainless is achieved by a conversion coating process known as black oxide. This process forms a slightly transparent black patina on the surface of the metal. This can add color and character to the otherwise shiny cable railing fittings.

Is blackened stainless suitable for outdoors?

Yes, blackened stainless cable and fittings can be used outdoors. Like most patinas, the black layer can lighten over time when used outdoors. We do not recommend this finish in coastal areas.

Where can I buy blackened stainless steel cable fittings?

Blackened stainless steel cable fittings and cable are hard to come by. At Keuka Studios, we offer cable railing systems with the option of blackened stainless steel hardware. Take a look at our design process to learn how we can build and deliver your perfect black cable railing system.

How much do blackened stainless steel cable railings cost?

Because it takes time to oxidize the stainless steel, blackened cable railing hardware does cost more than regular stainless steel. Also, the cost of your railing system will depend on the specs of your project. To get a better idea of how much your black cable railing system will cost, you can request a customized quote.

Black Railing System Example:

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Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz 2015

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Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Rush, NY USA January 26, 2015 – Keuka Studios, Inc., of Rush, NY 14543 has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. A family owned and operated company established in 2002 that designs and fabricates custom cable railings and staircases was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We empower our team to do the right thing for the customer at every step of the process.”
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keuka Studios, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Keuka Studios on Houzz  http://www.houzz.com/pro/keukastudios/keuka-studios-inc

About Keuka Studios, Inc
We work with architects, contractors, and homeowners all over the country to provide our railing and staircase designs ready to install.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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5 Considerations For Choosing Railing Color

Cable railing image in the evening light.

Part of planning your outdoor deck project is thinking about what the railing color should be. This can be perplexing or lots of fun! Your home color is a personal choice, and your railing color will be a personal choice too.

Here are some things to consider when selecting your cable railing color choices.

Which is more important to you?

Is it the look of your deck and railing from the outside of your house or how it will look from the inside of your house?

deck railing color from inside and outside
Looking at the home from the outside vs. from indoors.

Which railing color will best blend in with your view? 

Dark colors generally blend in better with a forest view and stand out against a water view. Lighter colors blend in better with ocean and lake views.

deck railing with forest view railing color blends in
Notice how the dark color of the railing posts blends in with the trees.
cable railing color on deck with water front view
Light-colored posts blend in with the water view.

What type of experience do you want while enjoying your deck?

One way to think about railing color is to establish a theme for your deck space. Should your space provoke a specific feeling or mood? Do you want it to feel Zen-like, nautical, rustic, or modern?

More passive or neutral colors can give a soothing Zen-like feeling to your outdoor space. Silvers, whites and stainless steel can look more nautical or modern. Browns and greens can feel more rustic and blend in better with a backyard garden space.

Did you know light conditions can greatly affect the appearance of color?

It is important to look at color samples in the area that it will be used. Whether you’re planning an outdoor deck railing project or an indoor staircase, look at color samples in natural light. Direct sunlight is best. Observe the railing color sample during the daytime and evening. Observe the railing color in the environment that the color will be used. The eye perceives color differently on vertical surfaces than it does on horizontal and curved surfaces. If the color is being applied to a vertical surface, be sure to look at the sample on a vertical surface. This will give you a better perspective on how the color will actually look.

Should the railing color match the outside of the house or accent it?

Many times we are asked by customers, “should the railing color match the house color, window trim, or accent color?” These are important things to consider. Contrasting colors can be used to accent or draw attention to the railing, making the railing a focal point. Similar colors can make the railing posts appear to blend in with the home. See these example images below showing different railing color variations. These images may help you visualize how your completed project will look.

wood rail vs metal rail
Wood top rail vs. metal top rail.
matching the trim or the siding
Railing matches siding vs. trim.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project! For more on color options see this page on our 6 signature colors.

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Pool fence blocking your view?

Stainless steel pool fence.
What type of pool fence won’t block my view?

If you love the view beyond your pool and don’t want to block the view, consider a vertical cable railing pool fence. Cable railings around pools keep the view open beyond your pool. Most local building codes state that pickets on pool fences need to be vertical. Vertical cable railings can meet these requirements while preserving your view beyond your pool. Horizontal cable fence around pools can also be used as long as they are on top of a 48 inch high elevated surface. Cables are thin compared to larger wood or metal pickets. The wire cables around your pool will seems to disappear and allow you to enjoy the view whether it’s the sunset at your beach house, a sweeping mountain vista, or a backyard oasis.

What are Important requirements to consider for fences around pools?

Pool fences should be at least 48″ high to prevent unintended access by children. See illustration below. Gates should open out from the pool fence railing and should be self-closing and self-latching. The height of the gate latch mechanism should be set at 54″ high.

What type of material is best for a pool fence?

Since pool chemicals are corrosive, it is common to use non-ferrous metals for this type of application. Stainless steel, aluminum, and galvanized steel are the best choices. Stainless steel is much more expensive than aluminum and galvanized steel. Steel is stronger than aluminum, so the frame can be more slender.

Are vertical cable railings more expensive than horizontal cable railings?

Vertical cable pool fences are more expensive than other types of fences. There are several reasons for this. Since each cable assembly is short, there are many end fittings. These end fittings act as turnbuckles to keep the cables tight. End fittings are high grade (Type 316) stainless steel. Because there are more fittings, the costs can add up. In addition, the metal frames must be rigid to be able to handle the combined tension load of the cables.

Pool Fence ideas

Conclusion:

If your view from your pool is important, than a vertical cable railing fence or a horizontal pool fence railing could be for you!

To see more about this ocean view vertical cable pool fencing click here

Vertical and horizontal stainless steel cable railings.
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Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings, 2014

best of houzz 2014 award - Keuka Studios

Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals Rush, NY February 4, 2014 – Keuka Studios of Rochester, NY has been awarded “Best Of Houzz for cable railings” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 12 Year Old Fine Architectural Metal Work Company was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

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