Deck Design Tips to Dress Up Your Outdoor Space

When the weather warms up, your deck becomes your household’s favorite hangout spot. Make sure it’s an inviting space you’ll want to spend time in by making it as cozy and stylish as possible. Not sure how you want to decorate your deck? Not to worry, because these deck ideas will make decorating your deck as easy as 1-2-3.

String-lightsLight up the night

Outdoor lighting is an easy and affordable way to bring a sense of personal style to your outdoor living space. A wide variety of string lights, such as these ones shown at right, and other outdoor lighting options are available to help you bring style and beauty to your deck or patio. Lanterns — like the stunning Garden Oasis Black Scroll Lantern with LED Candle — are a popular outdoor decorating idea these days. Grab a few to hang, or use one as a functional centerpiece for your patio table.

To create a festive atmosphere for your next outdoor soiree, try some fun, colorful string lights, such as the popular Fabric Lantern String Lights from Colormate. Because they’re so affordable, you don’t have to commit to one color or style of string lights — keep a few sets on hand to switch out whenever the mood strikes.

Have fun with color

String lights aren’t the only way to have fun with deck décor. Unless you’ve gone and done something really wild, chances are your deck is painted or stained a pretty neutral color. While very practical, a neutral-colored deck can be a bit boring without some pops of color.

Greendale-Home-Fashions-throw-pillowAccent pillows are an inexpensive way to add color to outdoor seating. Greendale Home Fashions offers a nice selection of stylish outdoor accent pillows in many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. These rectangular Summer pillows in green, blue and yellow pair perfectly with green Grass pillows with scrollwork design. Or, mix a beautiful pink and yellow floral print toss pillow with a trendy yellow zigzag print.

A chaise lounge with a colorful cushion also adds some visual interest to your deck. Better yet, it also provides a great place to soak up the sun or unwind after work. All you need to complete the relaxation is a cold drink and a good read.

Shield yourself from the sun

Everyone enjoys some summer sunshine, but there is such thing as too much off a good thing. Too much sun can easily ruin an outdoor family meal or make the summer heat seem unbearable. To create shade when you need it, invest in a quality outdoor umbrella. Freestanding styles are abundant, including this beautiful Garden Oasis 11.5-foot Steel Round Offset Umbrella with Sand Base, show at right.

If your deck won’t accommodate a freestanding umbrella, a patio table with an umbrella holder also does the trick. When combined with an outdoor umbrella, this dual-purpose piece provides seating and shade from the sun — two simple deck ideas rolled into one. Pair your patio table with a colorful outdoor umbrella to tie in your accent pillows, lights and other festive deck décor.

-by Amber Hilton


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