18 design tips for the perfect patio deck



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To make a perfect patio deck is not that difficult. Follow our design tips so you can feel most comfortable in your green retreat.

1. Design your patio deck and add water features to the garden

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Build a fountain to soften the noise from a busy street, or to create a soothing background music. It’s easy to add a water feature to the planning of the patio deck. Build a small garden fountain in corners where they would be out of the way, or use a large, eye-catching fountain as a dramatic focal point.

2. Patio deck ideas – blurring the boundaries

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Grow perennials, shrubs or small trees at one end of the patio deck to create a sense of security (and a bit of privacy). The lush plantings will also help to connect the garden with the deck in a harmonious way. Add your favorite plants such as lilac or gardenia to complete the magical setting.
Here’s a tip: Make sure to place the larger plants on the edge of the deck area.

3. Create different levels

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Increase the interesting atmosphere of your patio deck by creating different levels. In order to enhance the effect and to prevent tripping, do not forget exterior lights for each level.
Tip: You do not need a large deck – one or two steps are enough to make a difference in height.

4. Add architectural elements

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Beautify your patio with a pretty pergola or other architectural accent. This pergola, for example, creates a stunning focal point and can be decorated with beautiful climbing plants.

5. Hide yourself in the garden

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Enjoy a relaxing retreat in a secluded corner of the garden. There is no rule that the deck should be built  near the house.

Tip: Transform the deck into a private place where you may plant flowering climbing plants such as wisteria, which can contribute to intimacy, as well as a simple pergola.

6. Treat yourself to a refuge

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Large lush trees give you the feeling of security and a water feature has a dreamlike effect. If the deck is surrounded by these elements, it seems as if it were in the middle of nowhere – even if it is just a few meters from the house.

7. Swimming opportunities

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If you have enough space for it, you can build a swimming pool or a hot tub. If you long for a dramatic look, you should consider an infinity pool.
Tip: Check the local regulations, in the event that your patio requires a fence or railing.

8. Experiment with the design

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Add character to your patio deck by creating different flooring designs. This cheerful deck is designed with a border using a soft green color and frames the seating area.

9. Create curves

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Add playful accents in your patio by creating curves. You can build curved railing from a range of materials such as wood, metal or plastic. The design requires a little more work, but the effect is worth it.

10. The roof – pleasant shade and protection

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Choose a roof made ​​of plexiglas, fiberglass or a similar material, and you will never have to worry about the sun’s heat. Choose a clear material that let the sun rays in on bright days, or if you are accustomed to a hot climate, try to use a translucent material which also casts shade.

11. Select the appropriate lighting

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Use a variety of lights that would create a pleasant ambience at night. One can also achieve a great look with nothing more than a handful of strategically placed candles, lanterns or solar lights.

12. Bring the indoors outside

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With today’s large selection of outdoor furniture, you can design your patio to be as comfortable as your living room. You can choose chairs and even sofas in almost every style imaginable.
Tip: Take into consideration adding accessories like outdoor rugs to disguise the deck flooring.

13. Use dramatic details

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Add highlights with unique accents to the deck in the garden. Be creative and choose the features that best suit your personality and style. This deck with a simple design, for example, offers an eye-catching grid, which adds a touch of modern style and appeal.

14. Grow your own fruits and vegetables

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Include a few planters filled with your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs, and you will transform your patio into a mini-farmer’s market. Most of these plants grow wonderfully in plant containers – and some, like this eggplants look so elegant in a pot as your favorite flower.
Tip: Make sure to plant dwarf or miniature varieties of your favorite vegetables. For example, cherry tomatoes.

15. Comfortable seating and quiet atmosphere

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Give your guests a choice of seats, by integrating many built-in and freestanding seating. You can also use the shade of large trees or buildings.

16. The retaining wall and the slope

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Use a growing tendency as a chance to showcase your beautiful flowers at eye level. Or, as here, for the creation of a dramatic presentation, the deck was carved into the hillside and surrounded by a retaining wall.

17. Building a high deck

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This raised terrace presents a clever use of a sloping front yard. And while most of us have to conquer any extreme slopes like this, you can implement the same idea in a smaller space. Just build the terrace 2 or 3 feet above the ground and it can be a showpiece.

18. An informal design

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This small deck offers a great balance between comfortable furniture and lush vegetation. Its stylish decor and amenities make it perfect fit for the summer.


Published by Kremy in
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