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Deck Decorating Ideas On a Budget

Decks, Patios, & Porches
By on May 1, 2017
Deck Decorating Ideas On a Budget

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Large or small, your deck is an outdoor oasis. It’s the perfect setting to relax outdoors or entertain guests. But, a deck alone will not make the space something to love. Your deck décor will play a big role in the enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your deck. There are plenty of deck decorating ideas you can do on a budget of any size. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your deck décor.

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Repair Your Deck

Deck Repair Costs

Before you incorporate any new deck décor, you should consider repairing anything that is damaged. Over time, your deck can become weathered and boards can become cracked. You can have the best décor in the world, but a poor looking deck will impact the overall look. A few simple repairs can be worth the investment. Though the average cost to repair a deck is $1,357, if you have just a few simple repairs, the reported minimum cost is $60.

Deck Furniture

Deck Furniture

Deck furniture can be expensive and if it’s not quality, it can begin to lose its luster after a few years. If this fits the description of your current deck furniture, you can update it and give it a new look. Wood furniture is easiest, you can give it a new coat of weather-proof paint for an instant refresh. For light rust on metal deck furniture, a scouring pad with a solution of lemon juice and vinegar.

Once your furniture is restored, keep it that way. Cover your deck furniture when rain is predicted and bring it indoors to a garage or shed before the first frost.

For an affordable way to add additional décor to your deck, add in some outdoor throw pillows. It’s an easy way to add a pop of color, without committing to it.

Deck Paint

If your deck has been repaired but could still use a refresh, consider painting your deck. A fresh coat of paint could be just what your deck needs to dress it up. A popular trend in deck paint is patterns, which often homeowners choose to DIY. It’s also a great way to add a unique color to your deck, without breaking your budget.

Be sure to choose a deck paint that will last. The best deck paint will be specially formulated for outdoor use. For more intricate projects, an acrylic paint might be a good option for smaller patterns.

Deck Planter

Deck Container Garden

For a deck large or small, a container garden is a great way to improve your deck décor. Natural elements can be added to your deck in a way that almost anyone can do, even with little gardening experience. Since containers come in all shapes and sizes, it’s the perfect way to add a some flair to whatever style deck you have. Here are some plants that thrive in containers:

  • Petunias
  • Geraniums
  • Snapdragons
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Impatens
  • Begonias
  • Violets

Deck rail planters are an option if you don’t want your container garden to sit directly on your deck. There are some durable plastic choices that are more budget friendly, but for a look that will last, opt for wood deck rail planters. They are a beautiful addition to any outdoor oasis.

Deck Lights

Deck Lighting

A simple way to spruce up your deck décor is with lighting. This helps to make your deck useable even after the sun sets. Deck post lighting has become a popular option for homeowners to highlight features on their deck as well as keep everyone safe at night.

Solar lighting is a great choice for the outdoors. It saves you money and it helps to save the earth as well. Solar deck lighting is typically easy to install and is little maintenance.

Deck Lights

Deck Rug Décor

If you truly want your deck to feel like an outdoor room, an exterior rug will pull your look together. An outdoor rug can withstand the elements while adding a pop of color and style. Often, outdoor rugs are more affordable than their indoor counterparts. Keep in mind however, they may not last as long as those indoors. Store them during colder months to extend their life and value.

They also come in a variety of styles for any size deck. A large area rug is the perfect solution to create a focal point on a large deck, while smaller decks might be better off with a round rug or one in a long, rectangular shape.

A growing trend in deck décor is the painted rug. Homeowners paint the shape and pattern of the rug they would like, giving the illusion that there is a rug in that space. This adds a pop of color and may last longer than an outdoor rug, depending on the weather conditions and paint choice.


Your deck should be a space you love, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve a look you love. It’s easy to find deck décor on a budget to create an inviting environment all will enjoy.

Looking for more ideas to create an outstanding deck? Read Backyard Deck Ideas To Transform Your Yard.

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