Decks are a perfect addition to your home. They are a space where you can relax, host a gathering, and enjoy your free time with your friends and family.
Whether you have a small or a large deck, in front of your house, or the back, there are endless ways to make them more stylish and cozy to enjoy all year round.
Read on to see how to make your deck stylish and cozy for the upcoming season.
The key to making a stylish deck is to create separate spaces for different activities.
This is much easier to do with a large deck, but it’s possible even if you have a smaller or a narrow deck. The easiest way to create a segment is to dedicate a space for a seating area.
This is the most important area on a deck, and the one used most frequently. To achieve this you can place a seating arrangement or built-in bench in a U or L-shape.
This way you will easily separate the seating area with the rest of the deck.
Even if your deck doesn’t have a perfect shape or it doesn’t have enough space, you can utilize it with creative solutions.
Corners can be a perfect spot for a seating area, and since it is a small area, it adds to the cozy feel. You can create a daybed with benches or palettes for a rustic feel.
Place a large cushion over them with some pillows and you have your little oasis.
If you don’t have space for a table, you can easily install a tabletop that can be pulled out or put to the side when you are not using it.
Create a cover
It’s not fun when you can only use your deck if it’s sunny and dry outside. If you install a cover or ceiling of some type, you will be able to enjoy your deck even if it’s raining.
A patio cover usually extends from your house and it’s made from fiberglass or PVC. You can also install a wooden cover. Pergolas are open, so they don’t offer much protection.
This can be countered if you have climbing plants like wisteria or climbing roses. They look beautiful and create shade and cover.
If you are looking for something simple, you can always use an umbrella that you can tuck away if needed.
Lights are essential to creating different feelings and looks of a space. By utilizing different light options you can extend your time on the deck after dark, and create a cozy feeling and a stylish look.
Outdoor lights don’t have to as harsh as indoor lights. It’s important to illuminate just enough and create focal points.
You can achieve this with strings of fairy lights hung above the seating area, or a pendant light above the table. Candles are also a simple way to bring a soft light to your deck.
Elevate the deck
An elevated deck can add interest and dimension to your yard. If your deck is large, you can raise only a part of the deck and create a separate seating area.
Large steps that connect your deck to the yard can also add interest and create different areas.
The simplest way to decorate your deck is to bring in some greenery. Plants can be used for many different things in your yard.
You can plant vines that can go up to your house or up the cover of your deck. They can also serve as a privacy wall from your neighbors – hedges and tall plants are perfect for privacy.
You can also place pot plant stands along the side of your deck to separate it from the yard or create different seating areas. Colorful plants and flowers can add interest to your deck and make it stylish and fun.
Decorate Your Deck
Add color to your deck with simple decoration pieces like cushions, throw pillows, and blankets.
Mix and match color and patterns until you find the best combination for your taste. If you want a more unified look, focus on only one color, and use different shades to create interest.
If you are going for a more classic look, darker or neutral colors are best – grey, black, tan, and white.
Warm colors like orange and yellow look great in the summer as well as in the fall. If you are looking only for a pop of color, you can add a colorful carpet to your deck.
Creating a stylish and cozy deck allows you to use your imagination and creativity. Don’t confine yourself with the idea that you only need a seating area.
Add fun and interest to your deck with light, plants, and other decorative elements.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.