Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ways to Transform Your Deck + Patio

Create Boundaries

Give your patio an edge with a wall of plants. Stagger pots along the perimeter of the patio to create the feeling of a room. A variety of container sizes adds another layer of softness.

Create Boundaries

Add a Pergola

Use a pergola to turn your backyard into a private getaway. A shallow pergola design adds both style and structure to this charming deck without taking up much space.

Add a Pergola

Use Levels

A deck that gradually steps down creates multiple areas for entertaining. Designate the functions of each level with furniture. On one landing, add a table and chairs for meals. On another landing, place chairs in sets of two to encourage conversation.

Use Levels

Upgrade Materials

Timeless design begins with materials selection. Focus on durability and weather resistance to create outdoor living spaces that never go out of style. A large sandstone wall presents an artistic tableau with built-in niches that house candles or fresh flowers. 

Upgrade Materials

Enlist an Island

Islands aren't just for the kitchen; they work wonders in outdoor rooms, too! A wood-and-metal island and barstools are a budget-savvy choice for outdoor dining. A tabletop salad garden adds a soft touch, while a pea gravel patio promises easy upkeep underfoot. 

Enlist an Island

Blur the Divide

Install a new patio door design to blur the boundaries between indoor and out and enhance your home's architectural style. In this modern home, expansive glass panels admit light and views. 

Blur the Divide

Refresh Railing

Even a basic railing design can transform the look of your deck. Driftwood-color decking and charcoal risers and posts make this newly updated deck look decidedly modern. 

Refresh Railing

Brighten Up

Punch up your home's exterior with color. Bright patio furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to add color to the home. Use spray paint to give plain patio furniture new life.

Brighten Up

Find Cover

A porchlike covered deck provides a cozy setting for casual gatherings. The simple lines of the iron table and chairs complement the classic look of the home's exterior. A curved polycarbonate-top roof adds interest to the area and keeps the deck dry during wet weather.

Find Cover

Go Big on a Budget

Let nature take center stage with a simple patio design. Flagstone-look pavers lend natural style to this patio at an affordable price. A simple cinderblock retaining wall and shrubs around the patio's perimeter look like an extension of the landscape.

Go Big on a Budget

Coordinate Colors

Add decorative flair outdoors with a painted deck floor and furniture. The soothing gray, white, and black color palette permeates the deck on the seating, accent pillows, and planters.

Coordinate Colors

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