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6 Tips To Style Your Deck This Summer

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By on Jul 17, 2017
6 Tips To Style Your Deck This Summer

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When the weather is nice, it’s likely you’ll be spending plenty of time on your deck. It’s the perfect spot to relax outside with family and friends. However, if you’re deck is looking a little less than fabulous, you might be searching for ideas to spruce up your outdoor décor.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to transform your deck into a place where you’ll want to spend all your time this summer. From finding the perfect outdoor dining set to small details that really pop, see a few ideas to decorate a deck this summer.

Before you start decorating your deck, be sure to repair any broken areas. Contact a decking contractor today for up to four quotes in your area for free.

Repair Your Deck

1. Repair & Restore Your Deck

One of the top reasons people shy away from spending time on their deck is because it is weathered or damaged. Before you go out of your way to add new outdoor décor items, you must fix your deck first. Repair and replace any broken boards that might need it. The average cost to repair or restore a deck is $1,357, with most homeowners spending between $857 and $1,408. The costs here depend largely on the work you'll need done, so be sure to contact a decking contractor who can help.

6 Tips To Style Your Deck This Summer

2. Find The Right Furniture

Deck furniture can not only change the look of your deck, but it can ensure you’re able to comfortably relax. First, consider what you’ll be using the space for. Is it primarily for entertaining? A large outdoor table with plenty of chairs will do the trick? Are you looking to have space to sit and read outside or spend time with your family? Consider investing in an outdoor couch and comfortable chairs for your outdoor furniture.

Once you’ve found the right type, you should choose a cohesive style that you love. If you want your deck to be an oasis to take you away, consider fabric patterns that are nautical or tropical. Love the contemporary look? Choose items in black or metal, using bright accent colors in fabric or accessories, such as throw pillows, to make this décor style really pop.

For hot summer days, you'll want to lounge around in something light and airy. Deck hammocks and chaise lounges are becoming more popular with homeowners. There’s nothing quite like spending the afternoon with your feet up and relaxing on your deck.

Stylish Deck Lighting

3. Add Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is essential if you’ll be using your deck at night, especially for summertime gatherings. Not only will it add style to your deck, but it’s a great safety feature to have so you can enjoy your outdoor retreat into the evening. Here are some deck lighting ideas that will make your décor stand out:

  • String Lights
  • Globe Lights
  • Deck Track Lighting
  • Deck Post Lighting
  • Recessed Deck Lighting

Deck Railing

4. Install A Decorative Deck Railing

All decks that are raised off the ground must have a railing to keep everyone safe from falling. However, that doesn’t mean you have to choose a bland style. You’ll be surprised at how this small detail can truly make your deck stand out. Deck railings must be at least 36” high, giving you plenty of room to make decorative decisions. Popular trends right now in decking are cable railings as well as metal deck spindles.

If you have a deck railing that you’re not quite ready to replace, add some color with some paint. For a whimsical look, paint the railing and spindles different colors. Using warm hues will surely remind you that summer is here! If bold color isn’t your thing, try a simple white to make the space look clean and bright. Be sure to get paint that will be resistant to the elements and expect to repaint once a year.

5. Screen Your Deck

It’s hard to truly enjoy your deck when bugs and other distractions are present. Adding a screen to your deck can add to your overall enjoyment of the space as well as helping it look great. For this project, you’ll need to add a roof over your deck as well, which truly transforms your deck into its own outdoor room. There are many different styles of deck screens, but smaller panels with wood beams are certainly the most popular and a great choice if you’re going for a rustic look. The average cost to screen a deck is between $45 and $95 per square foot.

Deck Umbrella

6. Invest In A Deck Umbrella

If you don’t have a roof or awning to protect you from the sunshine, an umbrella is a great choice for some shade and style. It’s a must if you plan to dine on your deck and keep cool this summer. Umbrellas come in various sizes, colors and patterns. And, they are temporary structures, so you can move it where and when you choose.

While many dining sets come with a place to add an umbrella in the center of the table, the hottest trend right now is side-mount cantilever umbrellas. This gives a chic look to your deck and table setting and can be easily moved to another area if needed.


This summer, fall in love with your deck again. Deck style should be functional and fabulous, and that’s exactly what you’ll create with these warm weather decorating tips.

Looking for more ways to style your deck? Read Deck Painting Ideas.

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