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Beautiful Deck Pictures

Planning a new deck or a deck makeover? Browse these pictures of beautiful decks to find inspiration for materials, layout, decorating, and more. This trio of deck tours shows how to layer comfort and amenities for casual living all season long.


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    • Multilevel Family Deck

      A smart multilevel addition introduced style and function to this once-small builder deck. Now, it's a spacious oasis designed for reading, relaxing, and enjoying lush outdoor views.

    • Woodland Retreat

      The new stepped-down structure shelters a concrete patio and additional seating areas for the homeowners' active, growing family. Hardwood trees buffer the backyard, creating privacy and a lush view from the deck.

    • All-Weather Outdoor Furniture

      Quality wicker furniture and outdoor fabric made to resist moisture, mildew, soil, and ultraviolet light keep the outdoor living room looking its best from year to year. Brightly patterned fabrics bring zesty appeal to this cozy gathering space.

      Browse outdoor furniture and fabric ideas.

    • Charming Containers

      An assortment of containers blurs the line between the upper-level deck and surrounding greenery. Dracaenas and palms bring height to the potted gardens and add another layer of privacy.

    • How to Design a Container Garden

      Add a splash of color to your deck with a container garden. Our experts show how simple it is to design stunning containers to perk up any outdoor space.

    • Casual Deck Dining

      A roomy oval-shape table encourages family, friends, and neighbors to dine and converse during warm months. The dining area is protected under the deck's canopy and positioned near the home's entrance for convenient trips to and from the kitchen.

    • A Place in the Shade

      The south-facing deck calls for shade to keep it cool during hot summer months. A heavy-duty fabric sail shades part of the deck from summer sun without obstructing views. Winches on the posts allow the canopy to be cranked taut so rain slides off, rather than pools.

    • Swing Low

      A brick-and-gravel walkway under the deck gives access to two hanging chairs. The swings provide a whimsical perch to view the garden and woods from ground level.

    • Modern Deck Makeover

      Before, a small 400-square-foot deck encased in solid walls was an abrupt transition to the backyard. Thanks to an open makeover that unified the house, deck, and yard, this contemporary outdoor space became a multipurpose retreat for grilling, gathering, and entertaining.

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      Alfresco Dining

      The two-tiered design welcomes backyard views and casual gatherings. A teak top dining table with a metal base stays true to the deck's clean, modern design, while seasonal greens and contemporary pottery create an inviting tablescape.

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      Smooth Transition

      The lower deck sits close to the ground to strengthen the connection between the backyard and outdoor dining room. A stucco wall in the eating area creates a sense of enclosure for people seated at the table and screens neighboring views. A beverage cart stocked with small trays and bins makes entertaining a breeze.

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      Stepped-Up Style

      Contrasting materials such as deep-stained mahogany and bronze-painted metal bring textural interest to the deck. Mahogany steps carry visitors from the outdoor dining area to a covered, outdoor living room. Railings around the porch are custom-built, with cables set into steel frames with mahogany tops for an edgy, industrial look.

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      Interiorlike Design

      A covered outdoor living room feels like an extension of the house thanks to cushioned outdoor furniture and a contemporary outdoor fireplace. Skylights over the fireplace keep the area bright and filled with natural light.

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      Outdoor Kitchen Amenities

      The deck features an outdoor kitchen and built-in grill just beyond the covered living room for effortless get-togethers. Shelves under the counter provide convenient storage for serving pieces and fireplace logs.

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      Rooftop Deck Design

      Measuring at just over 30 feet long and 15 1/2 feet wide, compact living areas organized by function make this rooftop retreat live large. Space-efficient furnishings, such as a sectional sofa and galley kitchen, accommodate cozy groups while providing ample circulation.

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      Thoughtful Planning

      A simple stairway leads to the primary hub of outdoor living, a raised area that contains an alfresco kitchen, dining area, and living room. For continuity, the ipe wood used in the walls was repeated in the decking. This tropical hardwood will last 40-50 years untreated, turning gray with time to blend with the neutral tones of the stainless steel, slate, and stone used throughout the rooftop deck.

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      Natural Texture

      A veneer of stone on the wall between the two decks marks the transition and adds welcome texture within the naturalistic color scheme. The planter holds drought-tolerant grasses and succulents to soften the deck's hard surfaces.

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      Room with a View

      The deck lends the comfort of a cozy place amid scenic views, and an idyllic spot to relax at day's end. Weatherproof wicker seating furthers the naturalistic color scheme, while throw pillows in vibrant purple and orange hues offer a deliberate departure from the cityscape.

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      Chef's Paradise

      A tall table with barstool-height chairs presents a compact place to dine with family and friends. Stainless steel and granite rule the space-savvy galley kitchen, and windscreens of tempered glass are anchored with stainless steel to avoid corrosion from the salt carried on the wind.

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      Dream Decks

      Transform your deck into a relaxing and restful retreat. Gather the ideas and inspiration you need to get your project started from these beautiful decks.
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