Whether you're lucky enough to already have a deck or you're thinking about putting one in just in time for summer, you'll want it to be inviting and stylish. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Blending different types of materials – like a weathered-gray siding, red brick and wood decking can create a unique look that many homeowners love. Just make sure you keep clean lines. For example, try covering the second floor of the home with siding and the bottom half in brick, then bringing the siding out onto a border wall to tie in the design.
Add a Pass-through Window
Want to make your deck design one to remember? Set up a bar inside your home with a pass-through window that goes to an outdoor bar area. Not only does this look cool, but it also makes serving guests a breeze!
Keep It Chic
Trendy, modern deck design is all the rage right now. You can create this chic style by focusing on clean lines and smooth surfaces. Soften the space by adding a stylish area rug, throw pillows and a few accent tables decorated with candles. Finish off the look by adding a variety of both small and large potted plants throughout the area.
Create a Country Style
On the other end of the spectrum, French county style is also very popular this year. Create this look by adding a rustic pergola and draping it with flowering vines. Add large, dark-colored planters and fill them with flowering plants and foliage to keep the look flowing throughout the rest of the space.
Play with Layers
Having fun with steps and spreading your deck out into multiple layers is also a popular new trend. Install large steps that resemble mini-decks to play with the transition from your pathway up onto your deck. You can also expand your living space by laying a patio that matches your deck for an eye-catching, two-tier look.
Make It Cozy
Whichever deck design appeals to you, you'll want to make sure that you can enjoy it for as much of the year as possible. Consider adding a fire pit or wood-burning stove to your deck design. This will make the space incredibly cozy and ensure that you can use your deck even when the temperatures start to dip. Make the outdoor experience even more comfortable by draping some soft throw blankets over the back of a few chairs.
Protect It from the Elements
Cold weather isn't the only thing that can ruin your outdoor experience. For ultimate enjoyment, you'll also want to protect the space from sun, wind, rain, and annoying insects. Adding a ZipRite Shade allows you to not only block the sun, which reduces heat and makes the space more comfortable, but it also creates a fully enclosed outdoor area thanks to its ability to zip from top to bottom. This protects you, your guests and your furniture from the elements, bugs and debris and allows you to enjoy your outdoor living space in all seasons.