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5 Ideas To Liven Up Your Deck

by CustomHomes on Monday, August 5, 2013

A deck is a wonderful place to entertain your guests in your home. Take your meals outside for a change of pace. Here are five creative ideas to add some pizzazz to your deck and make a lasting impression no matter what guests or family members you are entertaining.


Add furniture that suits your personality and style. Choose furniture that does not compete with the deck itself. Try to find pieces that are comfortable, but not boring. If you want to keep with a wood motif, choose some Adirondack chairs. Vibrant colors are popular for outdoor furniture. Pick correctly, and transform a seldom-used spot into a hub of activity.

Decorative plants

Plants come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Depending on whether or not your deck is in the sun, partial sun or shade, the plants that work best will differ. An evergreen can stay there year-round no matter what your climate might be. Other greenery may have to move inside for some parts of the year.

Useful plants

Plants are not just for looks. Deck gardens can have vegetables. Some heirloom vegetable plants are made for small containers and will do well on a sunny deck area. Herb gardens can be both decorative and useful for cooking or making potpourri.


By painting or staining your deck, you can create a new feel. Bright orange or yellow for a whimsical summer mood will attract the family outdoors. A dark stain will instill feelings of romance and adventure. By adding color, imperfections in the wood can be camouflaged or hidden completely.


If there is too much sun for the summer months, an awning can really make a difference. Just by having a shady area, you are more likely to sit outside what it is warm. An awning can lower the temperature as much as 15 degrees, making an unbearably hot deck, more likely to be appreciated.


+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com