This once humdrum suburban deck receives a quick-fix transformation by being decorated with all the elements you'd see inside the house: a rug, furniture, accessories, and plants. The centerpiece of this new outdoor room is a pressure-treated pine floor stained in a checkerboard pattern (putting it diagonal to the house makes the room more dynamic).
When adding furniture to your own deck, start with comfortable seating and tables for holding drinks. If you have the space, arrange the seating into different conversation groups. This deck also uses weathered shutters to help enclose the space. A kit-made potting bench serves as a sideboard as well as a display hutch. Portable pieces of architectural salvage and weathered watering cans give the deck old-fashioned charm. Potted plants and flowers arranged at varying heights soften up the hard edges while providing privacy.
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