Are you thinking about building a deck? Maybe you already have one, but it needs a few updates. Whatever your situation, we’ve got some tasteful and trendy outdoor deck ideas that are sure to step up your backyard entertainment game.
Whether your style is big, bold, and fit for a mega deck or more subtle and suited for a smaller raised deck, you can use these deck ideas to wow your guests every time you entertain.
1. Create Ambiance with Lighting
Soft, warm lighting on a cool summer night will enchant your guests. If you would rather dazzle your guests with bright and colorful lighting, that’s great, too. Outdoor deck lighting comes in all shapes and sizes. Trendy lighting elements include string lights wound around railings, outdoor lanterns and lamps placed on tables, and if your deck is covered, outdoor chandeliers. Lighting elements can help you add seasonal elements to your space. Different flowers and foliage can be incorporated into your lighting choices to flow with the seasons.
2. Cover Your Deck for Versatility
Is your deck always in the sun? Or does it often rain where you live? If the weather hinders your ability to enjoy your deck, cover it. Covered deck ideas include a slanted roof extension, a pergola, or a canopy cover. However you choose to cover your deck, it will make your deck more versatile and more inviting regardless of the weather.
3. Who Said it Has to be Attached?
A unique and sensible deck option for those who don’t have much space near their home’s doors is a detached deck design. It can be easy to overlook the simple, creative options, but this backyard entertainment idea allows more people to take advantage of their outdoor space. Some homeowners choose to build a deck off their shed, while others choose to build a deck that stands alone and makes a statement.
4. Less is More
If you’re looking for simple deck ideas or backyard deck ideas on a budget, less is always more. Keep your deck small and low to the ground. You don’t need to have a ton of deck furniture or decorations to create an inviting outdoor space. This is a great style choice, especially if your yard is small. This way, your deck becomes an extension of your yard instead of taking away the limited space you have.
5. Everybody Loves Flowers
Flowers are a beautiful addition to any space. Whether you live in the city or out in the country, adding flowers to your outdoor entertainment space can give it an elegant country-side flair that pleases both the eyes and the nose.
6. Keep it Cozy
Choosing deck decor can be difficult, but coziness is always trending. Whether your deck is large or small, you can find comfortable outdoor deck furniture that invites guests to sit down, take their shoes off, and stay awhile. Warm colors and plush cushions with blankets draped over the back create a cozy atmosphere.
7. Captivate Your Guests with a Fire Pit
Everybody loves a warm, crackling fire no matter what season it is. From a beautifully designed gas fire pit to an in-ground fire pit to a portable pit you can move around, and everything in between, there is a fire pit to match your style and budget. The bonus of a fire pit is that it can extend your backyard entertainment opportunities into the cooler months. Whether you have a small home that isn’t meant for entertaining or simply prefer entertaining outdoors, a fire pit is an excellent idea.
8. Add Pops of Color
Deck designs usually involve natural colors and muted tones. Some people prefer quiet decor that appears all-natural, while others crave charming pops of color. Paying attention to the colors and patterns on your outdoor deck rugs and outdoor deck chairs are a great way to coordinate pops of color. Another way to make colors pop is by distributing vases of bold-colored flowers. Flowers in a vase are also much lower maintenance than potted plants.
9. Add Depth to Your Deck
Painting your deck can add another layer of depth to your design. You can paint the deck to match the handrails and paint the vertical rails a darker color. The two colors will subdue the deck and, if you buy outdoor deck furniture to match the paint, it will tie the design together nicely.
Consider Your Deck Material
When it comes to building a deck for backyard entertainment, there’s one important decision you need to make before you move on to the deck design and decor. Namely, what type of material the deck will be made of. Choosing a deck material is important. This underlying factor will set the tone for a deck’s design, look, and feel.
Although there are many to choose from, the best outdoor deck materials are:
- Composite Decking
- PVC Decks
- Pressure Treated Lumber
Each of these materials comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s crucial that you do your homework to learn more about each one and find the best fit for you.
As you do your research, remember to keep a few key considerations in mind, such as:
Bring Your Dream Deck to Life
Building a deck is a big undertaking. It’s an extension of your home into the outdoors, where you will spend time with your family, entertain guests, and live your life. It’s important to make the most of your outdoor space. If you’re looking for some design inspiration, browse our photo gallery of deck projects we’ve completed.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your deck plans are big or small. MN Contractor Pros is ready to help you build your dream deck. Learn more about our decking and exterior remodeling services and schedule a free consultation today.