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4 Unique Deck Design Ideas to Spark Your Imagination

February 10, 2020

An incredible outdoor living space is about more than just the right decking materials. A backyard escape should also tell a story through design — and invite you to become lost in the narrative. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together four fresh deck design ideas. Keep reading to get inspired and learn how to transform your outdoor living space from ordinary to oasis.

Deck Design Ideas: Tri-Color Decking

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What Defines This Look?

You guessed it: three different deck board colors. More meaningfully, tri-color decking uses light, medium, and darker-hued boards for a seriously creative outdoor living. The dynamic deck pictured above was designed by Matt Daly, founder of California’s Water & Earth Landscape Design, using three hues from our TimberTech® PRO® Legacy Collection. This look:

  • Starts with an overarching color family and uses three underlying hues for the board colors.
  • Echoes the natural, earthy hues of the surrounding landscape.
  • Is inspired by post-1920s modernism yet feels wholly of-the-moment in 2020.

What Are the Benefits?

  • A Deck as Unique as You Are: Daly knew that the only sure way to create a beautiful, varied deck that would retain its color and individuality over time was to go with a composite deck material. He selected three warm, earthy hues in our TimberTech PRO Legacy collection — decking made from a premium capped composite that blends beauty with technology for the ultimate low-maintenance deck. Each of the hues complement and accentuate the other two, making for an outdoor living space full of personality.
  • An Inviting Interplay of Tones: Applying the tri-colored deck boards in a random – yet purposeful – configuration delivers a look that’s playful, casual, and attention-grabbing. The varied hues and texture in this design recall a diversity in tones typically reserved for a collection of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest hits in modern architecture. As the demand for modernist home exteriors rises, this look keeps the curb value of your home high.

Set the Stage

Capture the earthy allure of this tri-color composite deck with TimberTech PRO Legacy in Mocha, Tigerwood, and Pecan.

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Deck Design Ideas: Industrial-Chic Escape

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What Defines This Look?

Industrial-chic spaces are defined by a careful mix of materials historically found in urban industrial spaces, balanced with more contemporary design touches. This look:

  • Lifts inspiration from factories, railroads, and firehouses.
  • Incorporates materials like iron, cement, metal, and glass.
  • Typically involves a muted or dark color palette.
  • Aligns form with function for a no-nonsense final product with a masculine edge.

What Are the Benefits?

  • An Enviable Balance of Raw and Refined: Deck design ideas that fall into the industrial-chic category mix the elegance of chic design with the rugged feel of classic industrial looks — for example, a refined black Contemporary Rail contrasted with multi-tonal capped polymer deck boards. This combination leads to a visually engaging variety of lines and textures, plus the kind of expert craftsmanship that defined manufacturing and transportation centers throughout the 20th century. 
  • Sustainability-Inviting by Nature: Since industrial-chic styles are all about repurposing materials, they naturally pair well with sustainability-focused deck design ideas. At TimberTech, we’re constantly innovating to increase the amount of recycled material in our products: Our capped polymer decking uses up to 54% recycled material, and our capped composite decking uses up to 80% recycled material. Choosing composite decking from TimberTech thus captures the sustainability at the heart of repurposed lumber — but without the weathering issues that afflict traditional wood.

Set the Stage

To capture the multi-tonal complexity of repurposed wood, select from the TimberTech AZEK® Vintage Collection®, which features infinitely variable wood grain patterns and an intricate, wire-brushed look.

Frame your industrial-inspired escape with the streamlined Contemporary Rail in Black, and boost visibility with our Riser Light in Architectural Bronze.

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Deck Design Ideas: Eclectic-Meets-Traditional Design

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What Defines This Look?

Eclectic-meets-traditional design combines flashes of the unexpected — like bright décor pieces or playful patterns — with classic elements like white trim and moulding. This look:

  • Often uses purposeful pops of color, from eye-catching throw pillows to fragrant flower beds or other greenery.
  • Incorporates your personal style into the décor.
  • Maintains the feel of a classic design thanks to richly hued decking that echoes traditional wood

What Are the Benefits?

  • Offers the Draw of Both Classic and Creative: People sometimes think that traditional outdoor living spaces — because they rely on conventions like crisp lines and architectural profiles — automatically forego personality. This doesn’t have to be the case with an eclectic-meets-traditional design. Because they’re unassuming, classic design elements like white siding or richly hued composite decking serve as great backdrops to let quirkier touches shine through. Enjoy the elegance of the tried-and-true at the same time you show off your unique style perspective.
  • Easily Adapts as Your Style Changes: With your timeless foundation in place, you can easily swap out your more eclectic décor as your tastes — and the seasons — change. Check out our deck decorating ideas to bring a pop of personality to your outdoor living space.

Set the Stage

For decking that endures almost as long as Corinthian columns, choose the superior craftsmanship of capped polymer decking from the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection.

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Deck Design Ideas: Earthy Lakefront Lounge

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What Defines This Look?

When you picture a weekend getaway at the lake, you might picture richly hued siding, a spacious balcony that opens onto incredible vistas, and a palette right out of Mother Nature’s playbook. If so, you’ve nailed the aesthetic of the Earthy Lakefront Lounge. This look:

  • Emphasizes the natural.
  • Uses or captures the look of raw materials.
  • Integrates a variety of shapes, textures, and colors — just like you’d find on a walk through the woods.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Seamlessly Blends With Surroundings: By choosing materials in those hues found in nature, this look comprises an outdoor living space that (ideally) blends in seamlessly with its environment. Traditional wood — which, especially in areas near a lake or mountain, will be exposed against weathering agents like wind, debris, and precipitation — will develop mold and mildew in the great outdoors. Alternatively, TimberTech capped polymer and capped composite deck boards fight fading and moisture. At the same time, our decking captures the beauty of traditional hardwoods thanks to realistic wood grain patterns, colors, and finishes. That means you get all the rustic charm of real wood, but the enduring beauty of composite decking.
  • Stays Warm and Inviting: Lakefront-style decking is all about watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee or enjoying s’mores as the stars come out. Homey elements like buffalo check throw pillows, thick-knit blankets, and a lounge-ready Adirondack evoke all the laid-back vibes of a lakefront lounge.

Set the Stage

Go for the alpine appeal of TimberTech AZEK Dark Hickory and embed in-deck lighting to do what bonfires cannot.

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Turn Your Deck Dream Into Design

Play with shapes, colors, lighting, and railing to bring your deck ideas to life with our custom Deck Designer tool.

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