(BPT) – Are you tired of having a deck you’re no longer proud to show off? You’re not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.
If you’re like most surveyed respondents and ready to return your deck to its former glory, the process may seem daunting. Thankfully, just a little bit of inspiration is all you need to transform your deck into a backyard beauty. With these fabulous fix-ups, your deck will be talk of the yard again in no time.
1. Refreshing your colour palette
One of the easiest ways to transform a dull-looking deck into a stylish oasis is an updated colour palette. Refreshing the look of outdoor accessories and furnishings is a simple and cost-effective solution. MidwestLiving.com says, “Focusing on one or two colours adds a unifying feel to your décor. striking blue and green furnishings brighten the deck while not distracting from the view.” You can even swap out fabrics, accent pillows and cushions as the seasons change to keep your outdoor room looking fresh all year long.
If you’re increasing the size of your deck, consider choosing decking in a colour that complements your home. It will help ease the visual transition from indoors to out and create a beautiful base for planters and deck furnishings. Or if you are looking to make a statement, consider varying the colour of deck boards, inserting feature strips or using contrasting railings to frame your outdoor room.
2. Landscape your deck-escape
To create a deck-escape that draws guests in (or out of the house), integrate landscaping into your design. Start small by lining your deck with planters, curving flowerbeds and grasses. A punchy mix of seasonal annuals and perennials will help encourage visitors to explore your outdoor living space. Or, go a step further and use today’s versatile, moisture-resistant composite decking products to turn your deck into an extension of your garden. With proper installation, the boards can easily curve around trees or flower beds to blend your deck into its natural surroundings.
3. Provide pretty privacy
There is no reason to give up style and comfort on your deck just because you want privacy, especially if your neighbours are within close quarters. Trellises, lattices and vertical gardens can screen an exposed view and freshen up your outdoor room. Nature can also act as a beautiful barrier. Slender evergreens can establish a relaxed sense of privacy and create a soft, lush backdrop. You can even add different shade-providing trees near your deck, creating a secluded space with a more intimate feel.
4. Build a beautiful addition
If your outdoor room is limiting the number of guests you can entertain, a new deck addition may be just the right fix. You’ll gain extra square feet and valuable space for themed outdoor areas. Try bumping your deck out on one side to make a basic square deck more interesting and gain room for an al fresco dining area or a spa-themed deck nook with a hot tub. With the right decking materials, you can even add a meandering garden path deck or curved getaway encircling a water feature.
“Composite decking with a plastic and wood blend throughout the board like ChoiceDek can be ripped, routed and bent to fit nearly any deck design,” says Randy Gottlieb, president of A.E.R.T. “The boards are easier to curve than capped composites and traditional wood planks. They give homeowners a lot more design flexibility at an affordable price point.”
5. Create on-deck destinations
To give your outdoor room a lasting edge, create on-deck destination areas that go beyond eating and socialising. Love gardening? Build a vertical garden or use extra deck boards to create planter boxes that allow you to pass on your “green thumb” to your children. If you’re a DIYer, use complementary decking to create a corn hole set for birthday parties and gatherings. With a spark of inspiration, the possibilities for reinventing your outdoor space are virtually endless.
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