7 Tips for Taking Your Deck from Drab to Delightful

7 Tips for Taking Your Deck from Drab to Delightful
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    Often when it comes to summertime, you spend more time on your deck than you do inside.

    Spring and fall are especially spectacular outside, but a plain deck can be a dull and uninspiring place.

    No one wants that.


So how do you take your drab deck and convert into something delightful? Here are seven tips.

Pile on the Pillows

Nothing makes your furniture pop like the right pillows, and besides that they make it much more comfortable in case you want to take an afternoon nap.

Durable yet comfortable pillows made from outdoor fabrics are easy to find in home stores and will hold up to sun and even rain. If you have existing pillows, you can even cover them with an indoor/outdoor fabric. Mix in cheery prints and pops of color.

Accent the Entry

Most decks are accessed through a sliding patio door that lead to the living or dining area of your home. These doors are not always the most gorgeous but replacing the existing one with sliding glass doors with a nice frame and modern fixtures add a touch of class. Also, you can add weatherproof window coverings and accents on the outside as well as the inside.

Simple decorations can be hung outside the entry to enhance the feel as your guests step on to the deck.

Use Containers for Height and Color

Containers allow you to add flowers and plants to your deck, and they are offered in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. This allows you to to stagger them around the edges. You can use both annuals and perennials for different color combinations, and even combine them in the same pot.

Also, don’t forget an herb garden or even some vegetable plants. A sunny spot on the deck can be a great place to grow tomatoes, and they are a great conversation piece and great to have for cooking. Other veggie or berry plants also make great accents and mean you can grow some food at the same time.

Using a variety of containers near the door, beside railings, and even in corners next to furniture can enhance the look of your deck and its usefulness as well.

Enhance a Railing

Of course, one of the purposes of a railing on a deck is safety. Depending on the height and structure of your deck, you may want strong railings strategically placed. However, this does not mean these railings need to be drab and boring.

Use materials that match your home or the theme on the deck. Use frosted glass panels for an attractive look that is also functional and protective. Mount flower boxes and containers of plants on the railing to give it an even more beautiful look.

Screen It

Screening your deck keeps bugs out, and can even protect you from the sun, at least a little bit. If you live in an area where bugs and mosquitos are an issue, a screen might be a perfect solution.

Also, small slat screens can give you some privacy and block negative views of your neighbor’s house or back yard. They can also be placed to draw attention to the more gorgeous parts of the view from your deck.

Screening does not have to be unattractive. The right screen can enhance the look of your deck and make it a more comfortable place to spend some time.

Shade It

There are all kinds of ways to shade the sun, and advances in outdoor fabrics, awnings, and motorized shades make creating shade easy. There are even smart shades that respond to the time of day and the sunlight, and they are easy to find and install.

The ability to create the right shade means that your deck can be comfortable any time of day regardless of the season or where the sun is in the sky. This means you can relax and enjoy the outdoors year-round.

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Light it Up

In the height of the summer, the best time to enjoy your deck or patio may be in the evening, but you will need some light to see. However, you don’t want that light to be too overwhelming or wasteful.

Wiring lights can be easy and go smoothly if you choose the right ones. The atmosphere can be either bright and airy or dimmed and casual if you install dimmers and the right bulbs. Accent lighting that just lets you see where you are stepping is also an awesome option.

Remember, your railings can help enhance your deck with lighting as well. Lights under or on railings can add a cheery glow without being overwhelming.

However you choose to dress up your deck, you can take it from a drab and dull place to something that is delightful and a pleasant addition to your home. Use these seven ideas to spark your creativity.

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