Whether you just finished building your awesome new deck and are looking for some design inspiration, or are looking for ways to make your old deck look and feel new again, you’ve come to the right place!
There are a number considerations to be made, both from a stylistic and functionality standpoint, to transform your deck into an extension of your home’s living space.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are 5 items to consider when decking out your deck, and some tips on how to implement into your outdoor space.
Choosing The Right Outdoor Furniture
Trying to decide which pieces of outdoor furniture to purchase for your deck can be overwhelming with SO many options available at your local home improvement stores.
The number one thing to keep in mind here is that your outdoor furniture should look – and feel – comfortable, allowing you to spend as much time as possible with family and friends outdoors (because they never want to go inside!)
Have a big, lush backyard out in the country? Opt for wicker furniture that harmonizes with the outdoor environment.
Living in an urban setting? Select furniture with sleek, sophisticated designs (think modern, clean lines).
However you decide to go, consider adding bright, cushy outdoor throw pillows that will bring in pops of colour and give your deck indoor-worthy styling touches.
With so much focus on selecting furniture, finding the perfect outdoor rug that will compliment your space is often times an afterthought.
Rugs are a great way to provide visual separation between spaces on the deck (think dining and conversation areas). They can also make the space feel more cozy and inviting, replicating an indoor living room or den.
In much the same way as pillows, selecting a rug with bold patterns and colours can add a spark to your deck, and liven up a traditional space.
Having a supply of good tunes while relaxing on the desk is a must!
There are many options available for weatherproofed outdoor sound systems.
For a more traditional set up, consider hanging speakers up and out of the way along your home’s roof overhang around the deck.
Alternatively, some speakers are integrated into natural elements, like rocks, and can be seamlessly integrated into the outdoor space.
On a budget? Portable speakers with bluetooth connectivity are a convenient, inexpensive option to move around the deck.
Plants and Planters
Strategically placing tall planters or a row of evergreens around the perimeter of the deck will allow for a more private, intimate feel.
If you’ve chosen a more neutral palette for your deck furniture and accessories, consider adding a container garden with a variety of plants, colours, and textures to liven up the space.
Just because the sun is setting doesn’t mean you have to go inside.
Keep the conversations going long into the evening by installing outdoor lighting.
Consider hanging a decorative porch light or even a chandelier from an outdoor canopy or pergola if available.
Not an electrician? No problem!
A simple, inexpensive way to illuminate your deck is to hang string lights. These warm, inviting lights come in a variety of styles and easily transform an outdoor space.