There’s a lot you can do with a deck, regardless of whether you want to give it a complete do-over including new floors and a pool or you’re simply giving it a basic makeover for the summer. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspiring ways to add a desirable deck to your home.

Use a Pergola to Frame the Decking

Sure it’s summer, but there’s no need to allow yourself to get brutalized by the scorching sun. An open-air deck is fantastic, but a pergola has so many advantages. 

Installing a pergola to enclose the decking space adds a dramatic yet lively scene while providing a shaded corridor for you to stroll in, and enjoy sundowners in the summer and cups of warm cocoa in the winter.

Add a pergola to your deck to bring some shade and you can also use some sheets or any fabric to add to the shade. Pretty it up with string lights, and climbing plants and you’ll end up with a spot to hang out all day and night.

Add an Outdoor Rug

Most decks are constructed from timber materials, and this might cause them to have an icy and barren atmosphere. Yours may be made cozier with an outdoor area rug, a daybed, and perhaps a few lanterns for even more warmth.

Area rugs specifically are an efficient way to enhance the appearance of your decking area and provide an air of coziness and familiarity to the space. Rugs come in a wide variety of styles that can add a quick splash of color or pattern to your deck.

Wood screen or roller shades

Some like an open deck, while others prefer some privacy. If you opt for the latter, you can add a wood screen to your deck. The wood screen brings about seclusion and privacy even in an open yard. If that’s too much, then you can go for roller shades.

They’re not only great for private conversations but also work like a pergola, shielding you from the hot sun and harsh wind. The shades can be rolled up or down depending on what you prefer at the moment. 

Furniture accessories

You might have a big deck, with dull or no furniture at all. Deck furniture is not a lot, just a few pieces that will accent and bring about a smart casual look. Using recycled plastic furniture is a good choice as they’re better than wood. Recycled plastic furniture is durable, of high quality, cost-effective, and easy to clean.

You can purchase a deck box, folding chairs, reversible rugs, rocking chairs, and side tables made of recycled plastic. They will bring rustic charm to your deck and while they are cheap, you are also doing your part in saving the environment. The plastics recycled and made into furniture won’t find their way into the water bodies thus preventing pollution. 

If you don’t want too much furniture on the deck, you can opt for the minimalist approach by using a small dining set with planters.

Install a Fire Pit

Adding a blazing fire pit is a great way to spruce up your outdoor space and it can make spending time outside much more comfortable. Not only will it provide additional light in the evenings, but also a bit of heat.

Outdoor decking fire pits are versatile enough to be used during warm summer evenings and throughout cold winter months, which is another reason why they’re so popular.

If you do decide on a fire pit, make sure to style your deck to complement it by choosing decor items with muted tones, clean lines, and geometric patterns. This will give you a contemporary coastal look that is timeless and comfy.

Add Some Color

While we all enjoy neutral tones here and there, nothing brings life and fun to a space more than color. Breathe new life into your patio area with bright and colorful upholstery as well as scatter cushions, rugs, or decorations.

Look to creative idea-sharing websites like Pinterest for fun and interesting seasonal DIY projects that will give the space a personal touch. And remember, wood isn’t your only option when it comes to durable outdoor furniture. Take recycled plastic furniture durability into consideration when choosing furniture to add to your deck. You’ll be surprised at how low-maintenance and long-lasting it is. Most outdoor furniture sets are completely foldable to make for easy storage during off-season.  

Bring in Some Additional Lighting

Summer boasts of warm nights and you might want to spend those outside. In that case, your deck will need some illumination.

There’s a wide variety of ways to add lighting to a deck, from more cost-effective solutions such as solar lanterns and string lights to more elaborate approaches such as incorporating LED strip lighting into the decking itself. Lighting is not only necessary for usage in the evenings, but it can also help to create ambiance and set the stage.

As mentioned, you can’t go wrong with string lights, Edison bulbs, or even carriage lamps. They can be hung, wrapped around, and attached to the deck posts for maximum effect. And don’t forget to keep a few outdoor lanterns to create a charming feel.

Space utilization

Your deck may be small and insufficient to meet all of your needs at once. If your deck was built on the second floor of your house, you can utilize the patio below it. Your deck is below and you have the same problem? Create a rooftop deck. They can be used to entertain guests and they offer a beautiful view. 

If you don’t want a rooftop deck, then you can utilize your backyard and all its greenery. You can expand your backyard and even wrap it around the trees you might have in the middle of the backyard. By doing that, you’ll not only get ample space, but also shade and beauty from the trees.

Summer is one of the most beautiful seasons and a time when nature shows off. It’s also a time when you get to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather; you can go to the beach, host barbeques in your backyard, and do lots more besides.