There are tons of options to consider when you are building a new deck or simply updating your current one. It can be a very valuable investment while providing you with a great space to entertain friends, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family. Before you pick out your new deck design, check out these current deck trends that will set you apart from the other homes on the block!
With the increase in use of composite decking, many homeowners are looking to new curved designs in decking, creating unique spaces to enjoy.
Grey is the new Brown! Grey stains and composite boards are a big hit this year, combined with a white trim work. Added bonus: it doesn’t get as hot as its darker colored counterparts.
Multi-level decks (not multi-story decks) give off an opulent feel and open the space. Introducing another level just a step or two down gives the feeling of separate areas while still leaving it open so everyone can still socialize.
In order to create the feel of multi-functional spaces, some homeowners are using two toned deck boards to delineate areas of the deck. Whether it’s a change in color when you reach the stairs or to separate the outdoor kitchen area from the lounge area, using a darker hue in one or two boards helps create the illusion of many spaces.
Upgrade Railings and Hardware
On trend mixing and matching of styles is where it’s at this year. Whether you take a classic look and add a contemporary element such as black aluminum balusters, or mix modern with rustic or industrial hardware, put your signature look into your deck. By adding dark aluminum balusters to your wood railing, you can change this classic look with a modern twist. Or try some large industrial hardware accents where you fasten a pergola or built-in seating will make an unexpected impact.
Drink rails, also known as bar rails, are an easy way to upgrade your deck and make entertaining a priority for your guests. By adding deck board to the top of the railing, you increase the form and function of your space and provide a stylish spot for your guests to place their drink while they chat the night away.
Solar/low voltage lighting
Gone are the days of Tiki torches and Christmas lights strung up over your deck! For a modern, mature look, incorporate solar or low-voltage lighting to your deck space. This can be accomplished in the baluster caps, on stair risers and more. Permanent lighting improves the look and has a great return on investment!
Under deck drainage systems can keep your space dry! By converting the space under your deck so it stays dry year round increases use and functionality. If your main deck is tall enough, you can create patio space; if not, you can create storage space.