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For greater visual impact, install your decking in an interesting floor pattern. A basket weave dresses up this platform deck, and the square-based pattern ties in with the shapes found on the railing and trellis.
Narrow 2x4 decking intersects with a cross of 2x8s in the center of this deck, breaking the surface into quadrants. The white paint of the railing and furniture enhances the inlaid floor's dark green stain, while the lines of the pattern draw the eyes out to the deck's perimeter and beyond.
The bold pattern of nested squares adds drama to otherwise plain decking. Trimmed edges give the adjoining steps a finished look and add a soft touch to the strong geometric tone of the space.
Even though it might be easiest to stretch boards straight across the deck, adding a pattern allows the opportunity to play with color variation in the boards. This pattern has boards running parallel to the home down the center, with boards diagonally cut on the sides.
This rooftop deck has a strongly defined square shape, which is echoed in the deck's basket-weave floor pattern. Coupling darker-grained wood in some squares and lighter shades in others accentuates the pattern and draws attention to the flooring.
When East meets West in your backyard, research deck patterns frequently used in Asian outdoor decor to accurately set the tone. Placing the thinner side of a board up as opposed to the wider one creates a dramatic look that draws attention to the wood.
Keep in mind the shape of your deck when selecting a pattern for its flooring. This deck, which curves outward from a breakfast nook, radiates outward from the door.
Sometimes subtle patterns make the perfect impact. The space below the pergola is defined by boards that run in a perpendicular direction to the curved pieces above. On the outer edges, shorter boards jet outward.
These homeowners opted for a basic pattern, but simply changing the direction of the boards helps to zone the different deck areas; the direction of the boards lining the walkway to the fire pit help visually direct the eyes to the focal point, as well.
The next pages show a variety of decking patterns to consider.
The diagonal deck design is an easy one to construct. Just take into consideration that you'll have to space these boards closer together than you would for a basic straight pattern.
Like a herringbone design, the chevron pattern is a great way to highlight the tones of the wood as the boards extend out at angles from the center of the deck.
The standard pattern is a great option for first-time deck builders. Not only is it easier to build, but it's also faster in comparison to other patterns. An added bonus: Less lumber and hardware are required. Consider giving an individual touch to this basic pattern by adding a unique stain to the wood.
For a dramatic and intricate design, the herringbone pattern is sure to get guests' attention. It's easier to build than it looks and requires more patience than skill; each piece must be cut to size and treated with a wood sealer prior to its installation.
The double diagonal design creates a very distinguished look and is a great way to highlight a deck's square shape, as each square nests in the larger one. This pattern lends itself well to showing off the color variation in the lumber.
The striking appearance of the basket-weave pattern makes it well worth the extra work required in its construction. Take into consideration that it will require double joists and blocking for proper support.