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If you think about, what is a deck other than outdoor “living room?” As such, it should receive the same care and thought you would put into decorating any other space. In this article, we examine ways to use color, furniture and accessories to make decorating a deck with style easy peasy.

Treat the Deck Like an Indoor Room

Treat decorating a deck like an indoor room – and make sure your pets are comfortable, too.

When you wish to redo a room in your home, you probably think about the dimensions of the space and how to fit furnishings that offer comfort and style. More than likely, you already have a color scheme in mind, as well. Decorating a deck should follows these same guidelines. The style you choose should present a cohesive look between your home, the deck and other outdoor spaces, using similar or contrasting hues in upholstery, cushions and accessories.

Dining Al Fresco on the Deck

For a smaller deck, a table and chairs provides a nice dining area.

If entertaining is something you love to do, then you will probably want to incorporate a place for dining. Depending on the size of your space, you may not want to go with a full-sized dining table and chairs. A smaller table with umbrella and a set of four chairs might be a better choice. You may want to opt for bench seating, as this allows you to seat more people when necessary. Make sure you invite diners to sit and stay for a while by adding outdoor toss pillows to seating– large pillows can even be made available to toss directly on the deck’s floor for overflow seating.

Comfortable Seating Arrangements

Adirondack shellback glider

Speaking of seating, deeply cushioned deck chairs are always a welcome addition when decorating a deck. You can opt for a traditional Adirondack style chair and add outdoor throw pillows, or you could choose upholstered pieces made with Sunbrella fabric made to withstand nearly any weather condition. When you want a change of color, it is easy to reupholster cushions or replace pillows, thereby transforming your deck with little cost outlay.

Made in the Shade

A Treasure Garden tilting umbrella perfectly shades small areas.

In order to use your deck all year round, you will want to provide shade from the sun and rain. You could get by with the umbrella in an outdoor table, as suggested for dining space. But if you have a larger area to cover, consider installing sail shades or a larger, offset umbrella with tilting pole that covers the maximum amount of square footage no matter the time of day. Remember to coordinate the color of the canopy with the rest of the outdoor furnishings when decorating a deck in style.

Add a Fire Feature

Low Patio Fire Tables
This low profile fire table would be a perfect addition to a deck.

Decorating a deck becomes even more exciting if you choose to use a firepit or other fire feature to be the central piece around which you create seating arrangements. This adds a touch of coziness and warmth sure to be appreciated after the sun goes down. Plan carefully for the placement of a fire feature, especially if your deck is made from wood planks; you can install a fireproof pad on the floor of the deck, if need be, for safety.

Accessories Tie It All Together

A gorgeous red chair on the deck? Why not! This is a piece that commands attention.

Lastly, choose some signature pieces of outdoor furniture that stand out due to their style or color. Use potted plants on occasional tables and possibly battery powered candles to soften the lighting. Outdoor pillows are great for adding pops of unexpected color. A basket of blankets tucked into a corner is another type of accessory that can really polish off the look of your deck.

Decorating a deck should not be a daunting task. Use these tips and shop purposefully when deciding on the best outdoor furniture and accessories for your outdoor living room.

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