If you’re looking for deck decorating ideas, you know that your outdoor living space has the potential to be a top destination for family and friends. It just takes a little planning and inspiration to transform your deck into an attractive, inviting space.
How you think about deck decorating ideas is actually quite similar to how you think through decorating indoor rooms: You’ll need to decide how you want the space to look, feel, and function. Then, you can build out your color scheme, design, furniture, and décor choices from there.
How to Think Through Deck Room Ideas
Deck decorating ideas range from full-scale overhauls of your deck design to simple furniture and décor additions, but they all center around creating specific “rooms” on your deck. Depending on the size of your outdoor living space, you may be able to incorporate more than one room into your design for optimal functionality.
Before you dive into deck room ideas, you’ll need to first think through the following factors so you can start forming a plan for your deck design:
Project Budget & Scope
How do you plan to use your deck? Are you hoping to have close friends over for late-night drinks? Large family dinner parties? Or maybe you’re looking for something multi-functional?
Look & Feel
Think about how you want your space to look and feel. Are you going for an irresistible cozy retreat, an inviting entertainment venue for family and friends, or something in between?
With these factors in mind for your project, you’re ready to explore deck decorating ideas and choose the best ones that suit your needs and unique style.
Outdoor Living Room Ideas
Recreate the familiar coziness of your living room with deck room ideas that center around bringing interior comforts outdoors. As you consider these deck decorating ideas, remember to always choose outdoor-rated furniture and décor to ensure your pieces can withstand the elements.
Establish a Color Scheme
Think about the rooms in your home — they all likely have a specific color scheme that supports the look and feel you’re going for. While you may not necessarily have walls to paint on your deck, these deck room ideas allow you to develop a color scheme with your deck board, railing, furniture, and décor colors.
WARM NEUTRAL COLOR SCHEME
Opt for an inviting Scandinavian color scheme by making warm neutrals the primary color for your design. Choose warm tan decking like Weathered Teak® and incorporate more wood tones and natural textiles into your design for a cozy, inviting look. For contrast that doesn’t feel too harsh, opt for off-white furniture and a sleek black composite railing like Contemporary Top Rail to finish your space.
COOL COASTAL COLOR SCHEME
Want to evoke the cool, breezy feel of the coast? Embrace a color scheme that champions blues, whites, and grays. Choose gray composite decking like Coastline® for your foundation and build out your color scheme with gray wicker furniture featuring deep blue cushions and white and light blue throw pillows. For your railing, opt for a crisp white composite railing with stainless steel cable infill for clear sightlines to your backyard views.
HIGH-CONTRAST MODERN COLOR SCHEME
Modernize your outdoor living space with a high-contrast color scheme. Choose richly hued decking like Mahogany for a primary color of deep brown. Pair it with other dark elements like a black railing and black-framed furniture for a sleek modern look. Then, add high-contrast elements like bright white cushions and throw pillows to lighten the scene.
Consider Privacy Ideas
Ensure your outdoor living room is just as private and secluded as your interior living room with deck decorating ideas that increase your space’s privacy.
For a softer, natural feel, use edging plants like hedges for deck skirting that blends in If your deck is low to the ground, plant thick, full greenery around the perimeter to create an attractive and natural privacy screen. For higher decks, place tall, lush potted plants around your perimeter for the same effect.
For permanent privacy, build a privacy screen around a section of your deck. Your screen can be as simple as a slatted panel or more decorative like a trellis or uniquely designed panels.
Cultivate a Cozy Atmosphere
Increase your outdoor living room’s cozy appeal with these deck room ideas that focus on bringing comforting details of interior design to the outdoors.
INDOOR-INSPIRED FURNITURE & TEXTILES
For an irresistibly cozy space, choose indoor-inspired furniture such as wicker chairs that feature curved armrests and cushioned seats. Then, layer on the textiles such as patterned throw pillows and throw blankets to encourage guests to settle in — and stay — outside.
CREATE AMBIANCE WITH LIGHTING
Add a touch of romance to your space with outdoor lighting such as string lights, lanterns, or even built-in lighting in your deck or railing. The soft glow of your chosen lighting not only increases the cozy atmosphere of your space but provides visibility for safety after sunset.
ADD AN ATTRACTIVE FOCAL POINT
Just like your interior, your outdoor living room should have an eye-catching focal point. Choose a conversation-starter such as an intricately designed coffee table to create an interesting visual anchor for your design.
Outdoor Dining Room Ideas
Love to dine alfresco? Get deck room ideas for creating a comfortable, functional, and inviting outdoor dining room you can enjoy with family and friends.
Create a Covered Space
Enjoy your dinner outdoors with some protection from the elements with covered deck features. These covered features not only give you varying levels of overhead protection, but also help to visually demarcate a section of your deck specifically for dining.
For complete overhead protection to enjoy outdoor eats come rain or shine, place your dining set under a roof extension. A roof extension blends in with the rest of your home exterior for a cohesive aesthetic.
Create an Inviting Tablescape
Nothing invites family and friends to share a meal quite as much as a beautiful tablescape. A tablescape refers to an intentionally arranged tabletop that evokes a specific theme, aesthetic, or feeling. Explore these deck decorating ideas that feature gorgeously designed dinner tables.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Prefer a more minimalist approach? For just a touch of texture, choose a simple table runner and keep things equally simple with your centerpiece. A wicker basket filled with mismatched candles does double duty as an eye-catching focal point and as a source of light after sunset.
Optimize for Seating With Built-In Benches
Planning on hosting larger family dinners, BBQs or other get-togethers? Make sure all your guests have a place to sit with built-in deck benches. Built-in seating brings additional functionality to your space while also giving you an interesting design element. Be sure to place seating at the perimeter of your deck to optimize your available space.
Keep in mind, built-in benches are more structural deck decorating ideas, and you’ll need to have a solid plan to implement them into your deck design. Be sure to speak to a contractor if you’re not keen on adding built-in seating yourself.
Outdoor Kitchen & Bar Ideas
Take meal prep and after dinner drinks outdoors with these deck room ideas that focus on creating separate kitchen and bar areas. Keep in mind that these deck decorating ideas are more in depth and may require the help of contractor.
Integrate a Kitchen Into Your Deck Design
Outdoor kitchens can be as simple or elaborate as you want — but keep in mind the larger and more complex your kitchen design, the higher the project costs. Plus, depending on the size and weight of your kitchen features, you may need to make changes to your deck substructure in order for it to support the new weight of the kitchen.
To optimize your space, build your outdoor kitchen on the edge or in a corner of your deck. But be sure to check with local building codes to ensure your kitchen structure can be built near the edge. Keep in mind that decks that are higher than 30” off the ground typically require a railing, so your kitchen structure will need to be an acceptable substitute for a railing or be built in front of a railing.
Add a Bar for Informal Gathering
Nothing is quite as satisfying as sipping an ice-cold drink on a warm summer’s day. Encourage regular, informal gathering outdoors with deck room ideas that feature a built-in bar on your deck. Similar to outdoor kitchen ideas, outdoor bars can be as simple or complex as you like, from a bar cart to a built-in bar top and storage space complete with refrigeration. And be sure to work with a contractor to ensure your deck substructure can support the new addition.
Create a Functional & Stylish Perimeter
Embrace more functional deck decorating ideas with an attractive and functional Drink Rail or Contemporary Top Rail. Both these railing designs feature a flat board top rail, giving you the ideal spot to set down your drink or plate while also providing a sleek, streamlined aesthetic. Discover two TimberTech railing designs that feature a flat board top rail for a functional, stylish perimeter.
Contemporary Top Rail
- Curved-edge board top rail that comes in Classic Black or Traditional Walnut
- Installed in a continuous line in an over-the-post application for a sleek look
- Featured in the Classic Composite Series.
Explore More Deck Decorating Ideas
With a sampling of deck room ideas for your outdoor living space, you’re ready to dive into more inspiration to spark your creativity further. And the best place to do that is our Inspiration Gallery which features curated outdoor living spaces you can virtually visit for an immersive experience. Explore each unique deck to see how the right deck decorating ideas can transform your space into the haven you deserve.