The lovely fragrance of barbecue is in the air, and longer days of sunshine are calling you out to the garden. As you spend more time on deck, make the most of it with a little — or big—reimaging of your outdoor decor.
With a bit of intention and even a small budget, you can plan a deck décor makeover. Homeowners today love neutral colour schemes with accents in pink, green, yellow, orange or turquoise. String up some twinkle lights and create an ambience with plants, water features or a fire pit. Your outdoor spaces will come to life with new accent pillows, a pergola, or lanterns. The home décor ideas are endless!
Read on for some of the best ways to enjoy your deck this summer.
Repair and Restore Your Deck
Before you invest in new features or upgrades for your deck, make sure it’s structurally sound. With a walk-around inspection, you can discover what may need to be fixed so you and your guests stay safe.
Look first for any rotten wood: it may be darker, spongier or seem to be flaking off. Moisture is the biggest danger for your wood deck and can lead to dry rot and wet rot. Also, look for signs of insect damage. If you’re not confident in your DIY inspection, have a professional builder check it out.
If you find any issues with your deck, don’t delay in making repairs. While there is a cost involved, it may prevent more expensive repairs later. If you’re considering building a new deck, protect it with flashing tape, which will help prevent rot and add years to your timber.
To be preventive, be sure to seal your wood about every 2-5 years. You can check to see if your wood deck has any sealant left by putting a few drops of water on your deck boards and watching whether the water is absorbed or sits on top. If it’s quickly absorbed, you probably need to use a stain or sealant in the near future.
If your wood is splitting, sand it down before sealing, and remove any dust that remains after sanding is done. Be sure the deck is clean and dry before staining or sealing. Apply the sealant in thin coats, starting with the railings and working your way down.
Composite decks do not need to be stained or sealed.
Find the Right Furniture
The foundation of deck décor is finding the right furniture. Rattan, metal and wicker furniture are always in style for outdoor living. Rattan, the name for a species of tropical palms, is used in many décor styles, from boho chic to colonial. In addition, rattan furniture is beautiful and eco-friendly.
Include comfortable seating with a coffee table for intimate gatherings and a dining table and chairs for your dining space and parties. Make your outdoor furniture even cosier with accessories such as throw pillows, outdoor rugs, outdoor art or lanterns.
Outdoor lighting can make your summer deck feel magical. Whether you install permanent lighting on posts and around the perimeter as part of your deck design or hang string lights over the deck, you can add ambience and improve safety at night.
If you build a two-story deck, you can add an under-deck drainage system to create dry, useable space. With the drainage in place, you can install a ceiling, lights and fans. For day-in, day-out use, choose soffit lights in the ceiling. Some lighting systems are so simple you don’t even need an electrician. If you need help, enlist a builder to make sure you follow all safety protocols.
Install A Decorative Deck Railing
Add a special touch to your deck’s look and feel with a decorative railing. Choose from a variety of materials. Add a touch of elegance with end-cap finials. Give your deck an urban vibe with metal or create a more seamless experience with glass. If you choose matching wood for your railings, explore interesting patterns. Check that your railing spindles are no more than 100 mm apart to keep little ones safe.
What Do You Put Around Decking?
Please think of the deck as a complement to your garden; thus, it’s important to blend these two elements. Bring plants on deck with containers placed on risers — to prevent the wood from rotting. Plan out the landscaping around your deck’s perimeter to enhance your outdoor living experience. Living walls help elevate greenery by making your favourite plants more vertical.
How Much Does it Cost to Build a Deck?
The bigger a construction project, of course, the more it will cost. However, decks are one of the more economical home improvements you can make these days. It’s not only a fair investment but one that pays off when you sell your home.
In the meantime, use these deck decorating ideas to transform your outdoor living room. Happy summer vibes all around!