Deck Decor Ideas: 11 Ways to Dress Your Deck

Find great ways to turn your deck into an outdoor living space that reflects a sense of style and charm.


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Dress Up Your Deck

    Furnish your deck with accessories that add comfort and style to outdoor living. Here are eleven quick and easy suggestions to get you started.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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1. Showcase Distinctive Deck Furniture

    Select one special piece of furniture and place it in a quiet corner for solitude. This modeled-polyethylene lounge chair blends sleek curves with leisure and stands up to heavy use and weather.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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2. Lay a Colorful Floor Covering

    Craft a colorfully stylish area rug in minutes with modular floor coverings, such as these carpet tiles. Put down the 20-inch squares in any arrangement you wish, shifting the rug's shape to suit the furniture arrangement of the season.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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3. Add Cushy Floor Seating

    Boost your comfort level with generous floor cushions and airy toss pillows. Choose outdoor fabrics in cheery coordinating colors to make easy-to-sew pillow covers. Make sure to spray them with a washable protectant so they shrug off moisture and stains.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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4. Use Water Accents

    Bring the tranquil sounds of water to your deck with a portable fountain powered by a recirculating pump. Made to resemble copper and stone, this stylish fountain snaps together in minutes.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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5. Give Your Outdoor Room an Edge

    Form a living wall with a trio of head-high planters. Start with classy pots (ours are lightweight resin) and add a lush arborvitae to each. Stand the matching plantings side by side along and edge of your deck.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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6. Hang Playful Deck Art

    For bright and beautiful wall art, display a colorful kite. Hung within easy reach, it's also available for play whenever a breeze starts.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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7. Plant a Deck Garden

    Enhance any outdoor setting with a container garden. To make any garden portable, use a lightweight fiberglass pot. This shade-loving group of plantings includes a polka-dot plant, pink wax begonias, white torenia, and a spider plant.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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8. Design Your Deck for a Fireside Chat

    Give your deck the flickering warmth of a personal fire bowl for cozy ambience as twilight approaches. To make the bowl, place a 13-ounce can of clean-burning gel-alcohol fuel in a 10-inch-diameter terra-cotta container. Surround the can's bottom and sides with tumbled recycled glass.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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9. Display Colorful Plants in Colorful Pots

    Show your favorite colors by dry-brushing layers of acrylic paints in similar hues onto terra-cotta pots. Fill each container with potting mix, tuck in seasonal bedding plants, and water.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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10. Frame Your Deck with a Trellis

    Combine a hardworking teak planter and trellis to display flowering annuals at your deck's edge. During the day, prisms in the window-like latticework refract sunlight; at dusk, tea-light candles cast a romantic glimmer.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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11. Install Some Decorative Shade

    Outfit your outdoor room with a hand-painted umbrella that provides portable shelter and custom charm. Anchored in a sturdy base, this tilting sunshade adjusts to block blazing rays throughout the day.

    From Garden, Deck & Landscape ® magazine.

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