Decks & Patios

Take advantage of the outdoors with these stylish ideas.


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Teal and green deck
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Deck with Curves

    A mahogany deck with a curvy kidney bean shape is the centerpiece of this backyard. The bright colors of the seat cushions, accent pillows, planters, and dishes pop against the dark mahogany wood and complement the colors of the flowers around the deck. An arched pergola mirrors the curved shape of the deck. It adds interest to the dining space and blocks the table from direct sunlight.

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Modern Stylings

    Square furniture gives the deck a contemporary look. The straight lines of the furniture mirror the straight lines in the deck rails. Accent pillows add color, and a metal-finish lantern adds sparkle during the day and light at night.

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Step by Step

    A deck that gradually steps down creates multiple areas for entertaining. Designate the functions of each level with furniture. On one landing, add a table and chairs for meals. On another landing, place chairs in sets of two to encourage conversation.

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Paint Pizzazz

    Add decorative flair outdoors with a painted deck floor and furniture. The yellow and green color palette permeates the deck on the tablecloth, chairs, accent pillows, and planters.

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Under Cover

    A porchlike covered deck provides a cozy setting for casual gatherings. The simple lines of the iron table and chairs complement the classic look of the home's exterior. A curved polycarbonate-topped roof adds interest to the area and keeps the deck dry during wet weather.

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Extended Living

    Extend your living room with a covered deck accessed from inside the house via French doors. Choose outdoor seating that harmonizes with your indoor furniture. Add accent pillows and area rugs in outdoor materials for all-weather style. Because this deck is an extension of the house, traditional indoor accents, such as a chandelier, seem natural.

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Pretty Patio

    Want an inexpensive way to add color to your backyard? Use stained concrete for your patio floor. Choose patio furniture that coordinates with the color of the concrete.

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Vintage Seating

    Flea-market finds create an attractive patio. Neutral sofa cushions provide the bamboo-inspired sofa and chairs with timeless style. Accent pillows brighten the space. Boldly patterned scarves under the arms of the patio umbrella give the space bohemian flair.

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All-Weather Area

    Add all the amenities of an indoor kitchen to your patio for a great summer escape. Weather-resistant materials, such as the outdoor fabric canopy, zinc tabletop, and the wicker-look synthetic all-weather chairs, are the key to creating an attractive outdoor space. The cream-colored canopy fits in with the colors of the patio floor and the accent pillows on the chairs. A mirror mounted to the gazebo's metal frame reflects the yard and makes the space seem larger.

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Sloped Solutions

    A series of stone patios steps down this yard's slope and provides cozy seating for outdoor gatherings. The uppermost patio is just outside the home's kitchen and the table and chairs provide an outdoor option for family meals. The railings look like wrought iron but are actually maintenance-free, powder-coated extruded aluminum. The railing design complements the design on the chair backs.

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Splash of Color

    Punch up your home's exterior with color. Bright patio furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to add color to the home. Use spray paint to give plain patio furniture new life.

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Simple Style

    Let nature take center stage with a simple patio arrangement. A bright white table and chair set blends in with all the colors around the yard. Add an umbrella for an inexpensive way to block the sun. Choose a complementary color for the umbrella for a quick way to add a splash of color to the dining area.

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Tile Tale

    Give your patio a facelift with outdoor tile. Here, a square design matches the home's windows and roof lines. A folding table and chairs set is a budget-savvy choice for outdoor dining. The set is portable and doesn't distract from the natural surroundings. A fabric tablecloth adds a soft touch the patio.

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Fun Floorcloth

    On a sheltered patio, a painted, sealed floorcloth adds a beautiful accent to the setting. Other soft elements, such as the tablecloth, accent pillows, and canopy create a cozy environment.

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