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July 30, 2015

10 Ways to Improve Your Deck’s Live-ability!

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Increase your home’s living space with a beautiful Dream Deck. Here are ten great ideas that were presented in House and Garden magazine as ways to add style, function and comfort to your deck this summer.

1.         Pile on the Pillows

Tempt friends and family to linger on your deck longer by softening your seating area with pillows. Pretty and durable accent pillows made from fun outdoor fabrics are easy to find in home stores and will stand up to the sun and rain.

2.         Use Containers for Color & Height

Dress up your deck with knockout containers. Flatter areas along railings or beside a door with pots that can hold tall, striking plantings such as this tropical canna ringed with fuchsia, coleus, and lantana. Bring in pots of annuals for bursts of color, or mix your

3.         Set Up Screening

Love your deck, but not your view? Install attractive structures that use complementary materials to create appealing borders that camouflage what you don’t want to see. These small-slat screens pick up on the patterning on the long overhead pergola to create a seamless border for this backyard oasis.

4.         Block the Sun

The evolution in outdoor fabrics has made it easy to create shade on your deck without sacrificing on the pretty. Today’s all-weather fabrics come in an array of stylish patterns and colors from neutral to splashy for everything from umbrellas, to cushions and accent pillows, to sun shades. Many of these accents are relatively inexpensive and easy to swap out whenever the mood strikes.

5.         Include a Planting Area

Since a deck is typically located close to the yard, it is a great place to set up your container plantings or prep veggies or flowers for the garden. Set up a planting area by adding an outdoor-resilient potting bench that includes a shelf system and a drawer or two to store gardening supplies, such as plant tags, seed packets, and string. If you’re not a gardener, convert a potting bench into an entertainment zone to stash your outdoor dinnerware close to your patio table.

6.         Go Vertical with Plants

Hanging baskets are almost de rigueur on decks — and for good reason. A few hanging baskets help soften the open sides of covered-deck spaces with lush blooms and foliage. Switch up your look by rotating a seasonal display of flowers in spring, summer, and autumn.

7.         Add Pop with Colorful Accents

Spice up your deck with painted furniture and fun accents. Pick a color scheme that enhances your home’s exterior and layer on pillows and throws as well as vases and bowls to give your outdoor seating a cozy feel.

8.         Find Furniture to Chat About

Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of heights, from low-to-the-ground chat sets, to traditional dining height, to tall bar-height seating. Select the type of seating that best fits your deck’s space and usage. On this deck, a chat-height set allows guests to easily talk while they savor snacks. This flexible seating can also easily be regrouped to accommodate large gatherings.

9.         Make Your Deck’s Design Work Harder

Decks are so much more than simple floorboards and railings. Benches, planters, screens, and overhead shade structures all add to a deck’s appeal and functionality. For example, a tricky corner by a hot tub was enhanced with a built-in planter and a slatted screen that’s built into the roof’s support beams. Alternating the boards’ stain colour creates extra interest.

10.      Put Outdoor Fabrics to Work

A deck’s workspace can look stunning with the right decorative treatment. A skirt made from outdoor fabrics hides the outdoor sink’s plumbing. Outdoor fabric panels made from a complementary stripe fabric help shade the deck and prep space when the sun is beaming in.

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