Have you recently installed a deck and you’re looking for design ideas to brighten it up? Perhaps your old deck is a little basic and you want to breathe new life into it? Whatever the case, a deck should be loved and enjoyed by its owners, so here we offer you 11 ways to spice up your decking just in time for summer!
1. Colorful Cushions
Naturally, your outdoor furniture is probably not the comfiest stuff in the world, so why not add some color and comfort by incorporating some colorful outdoor cushions into the design? There are many indoor-outdoor fabric cushions on sale if you look in the right places, and they might just add that accent or pop of color that your deck is missing. They’re also pretty cheap to buy, which is an added bonus!
2. Painted Furniture
Have you ever thought about painting your deck furniture to give it some extra vibrance and character? Pastel colors can give your deck a unique, summery feel reminiscent of places like Santa Fe and Albuquerque; just make sure that you’re prepared to perform any regular maintenance or repainting.
3. Shaded Pergola
Have you considered adding a shaded pergola above your deck to shield yourself from the sun? If you love being outdoors but don’t like getting sunburned, a shaded pergola is the perfect solution to your problems. These structures essentially act like giant umbrellas for your deck, with modern all-weather fabric making it possible to create robust shaded structures without sacrificing class.
4. All-Weather Rug
All-weather rugs come in various colors and designs to complement your décor and your shade of wood, helping you to create a space which is unique and homely feeling despite being outside. Why not create a quasi-living room outside where the weather is so great? Not only are rugs stylish, but they help to stop mud and dirt from being tracked inside your home. Would you prefer your outside rug to get dirty over your inside floors? I know I would.
5. Mood Lighting
Why not experiment with some outdoor mood lighting? Lighting can make all the difference if you’re using your deck at night, and incorporating low-level warm lighting into your deck can really add to the tranquil ambiance. LED lights are very popular with decking due to their energy efficiency, which makes them ideal for running on batteries outside. If you live in a sunny area, solar-powered lights are also commonplace.
6. Light up Your Steps
If you have steps or different levels to your deck, it would be a good idea to incorporate some built-in lights in these steps and levels. Not only does this make the deck safer to traverse at night; it also adds an undeniable sleekness to the design.
Your deck is all about relaxing outside in nature, after all, so why not decorate your deck with some plants or flowers that take your fancy? If you really want to add a pop of color to your deck, you could try arranging plants in ornate and colorful flowerpots to beautifully accent the wood.
8. Living Wall
If your deck is next to a wall or garden fence, have you considered turning it into a living wall? These “living walls” are made from real or artificial plants, adding an interesting piece of décor to your outside space that is sure to spark conversations with guests.
Do you find that you feel sleepy when you’re relaxing outdoors? Why not commit to it and purchase an outdoor daybed? These all-weather-fabric daybeds are designed for lounging around in the sun without getting a sore butt from uncomfortable outdoor furniture! Some even come in four-poster bed designs with curtains, allowing you to shield yourself from the sun while relaxing in the heat.
10. Decking Stain
If you’re getting bored of your old decking color and it needs a little TLC, why not try staining your decking a different color? Not only does staining improve and change the appearance of your deck; it also protects the surfaces from foot traffic, harsh weather, and the sun’s damaging UV rays.
11. Barbecue area
It’s a bit of decking cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. Decks and barbecues go together hand in hand, making the perfect outdoor area to entertain guests and cook up some smoky delicious meals. You could go for an inexpensive freestanding barbecue grill if space is an issue, but if you’ve got space to play with, you could create a barbecue area reminiscent of an outdoor kitchen!
We hope you enjoyed our list of 11 ways to spice up your deck! If you’re looking for more advice on decks or you’re interested in a deck remodel/repair, get in touch with us today.