Part 4 of 5-Deck Ideas and Photos
A Taste of Tuscany
Aged brick walls, distinctive windows, and wrought-iron furniture create a feeling of old-world welcome on the deck of this 1970s home. Colorful shutters visually break up the expansive brick walls and double as a privacy screen when needed. Flowers and foliage in painted terra-cotta urns soften the hard surfaces.
Make a point to enjoy your outdoor spaces at a different time of day. Rise and shine with an informal breakfast on the deck. Put a potting bench to use as a buffet station. Line a galvanized bin with napkins to present a healthy selection of fruit, and recycle some water bottles for use as vases.
Even the barest slab of concrete (click here to see the before) can become a welcoming entertainment area. Here’s how to create a room outdoors: Anchor the space with an outdoor area rug. Add sturdy furniture (shop for it after July 4 to catch sales) with some shade relief, such as this umbrella. Plant fast-growing annuals, such as sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) in colorful containers.
“Don’t stint on the size of an outdoor area rug. The rug should be larger than the footprint of the table and the chairs.” — editor Kelly Rawlings
This Asian-inspired outdoor room is secluded behind a bamboo privacy fence. A capiz-shell pendant hangs from the peak of a canopy, adding visual interest and drawing focus toward the center of the space. A sheer white curtain billows along the edge of the deck, further defining the space as intimate, yet sun-filled.
This temporary retreat, screened with curtains, was installed under a two-story deck. Click here to see the bland before!Decorative items more typically found indoors, such as area rugs, pillows and candles, give this space a real-room feel.
|Scotty, Scotts Contracting Comments: “If you look real close to the photos you will See ‘UN-Sightly Nail Holes’ that are caused by ‘Nailing and Screwing’ the Boards to the framing.” Try Tiger claw hidden deck fasteners for nail free deck surfaces.|