Modern deck designs can be what you need to transform your backyard from just a patch of grass to your most-desired destination.
What Are Modern Deck Designs?
Modern deck designs are those that:
✓ Embrace clean aesthetics
✓ Offer optimal functionality
✓ Often use innovative materials
Sound like your kind of deck? Explore these modern composite decking designs to inspire your own project.
Sprawling Low Deck With Modern Composite Decking & Built-In Features
Go With a Picture Frame Border in a Contrasting Hue
A picture frame border refers to boards laid around your deck perimeter perpendicular to the inlay boards. Choose one, two, or three boards for your picture frame to give your deck as subtle or as bold of a border as you desire.
For a truly striking, defined perimeter, use boards of a contrasting color to your deck surface for one or more of your border boards.
Embrace Functional Design With Built-In Features
Elevate the functionality of your deck with built-in features, including:
✓ Built-in planters, which give you a place to add lush greenery to you deck, while saving floor space.
✓ Shade structures like pergolas, which provide light weather protection and a striking architectural element.
✓ In-deck and rail lighting to give your deck an ambient glow while increasing visibility at night.
Additional Design Elements
Pops of Color in Furniture & Décor
Love to make a statement with your design? Incorporate pops of color into your furniture and décor. For a bold, eye-catching look, opt for shades that contrast with your deck board colors. For instance, bright red-cushioned furniture stands out on whitewashed or deeply saturated decking for a dramatic color scheme.
Contemporary High-Contrast Deck With Bold Multi-Width Decking
Pair White With Rich Hues for High Contrast
Love a dynamic, high-contrast look? Combine white elements in your deck design with richly-hued modern composite decking for a dramatic effect. Choose white PVC trim for your fascia and stair risers to create a crisp, clean border against the saturated decking. A white composite railing with black balusters adds further contrast to the design.
Create a Dynamic Deck Surface With Multi-Width Decking
Take your deck design up a notch with one-of-a-kind Multi-Width Decking. Choose from narrow (3.5”), standard (5.5”), and wide (7.25”) width boards, or combine all three in a repeating pattern for a unique look. For even more design dynamism, run your Multi-Width boards diagonally in a chevron or herringbone pattern for a truly eye-catching aesthetic.
Additional Design Elements
High-Contrast Curved Couch
When deciding on outdoor furniture, it’s important to choose pieces that complement your deck design. A curved, modular couch echoes the rounded cascading stairs while a dark frame and light cushions contribute even more contrast to an already dramatic design.
Waterfront Deck With a Highly Functional, Ambient Perimeter
Choose Coastal-Style Furniture & Décor
The cool, neutral color palette and natural textures of the coastal style lends itself well to modern deck designs. Bring in the inviting textures of natural fibers with woven outdoor furniture and coastal elements in your décor, like a repurposed driftwood bowl. Incorporate different shades of blue for a cool, contemporary feel that strikes a balance with the warmth of natural textile and decking tones.
Go for a Railing With Style & Function
Make a statement with an innovative mixed-materials railing. The Drink Rail gives you both high style and high function with its composite deck board top rail, perfect for setting your drink down (because using your hands to talk really does add to the story). Give your modern perimeter a layer of industrial-chic style with a durable stainless steel cable railing infill.
Additional Design Elements
Ambient Lighting for Your Deck Railing
Any list of modern deck designs wouldn’t be complete without deck lights. Whether temporary or permanent, lighting adds to your deck’s atmosphere while also improving visibility well into the night. For stylish, long-lasting deck lights, choose permanent in-deck lighting for your railing, stairs, and/or deck surface.
Covered Deck With Reclaimed Wood-Inspired Composite Decking
Protect Your Space With a Covered Deck Feature
Add height and a sense of enclosure to your deck with a covered deck feature like a roof extension or pergola. While a roof extension offers complete coverage from the elements, a pergola delivers light shade with its elegant, slatted roof.
Covered deck features also allow you to use your deck come rain or shine, giving you more time to enjoy your curated space.
Layer Character-Rich Textures
Choose varied textiles for your throw pillows, blankets, and furniture to add visual interest with multiple textures. To complete the space, opt for a striking conversation piece, like an ornate coffee table, which gives you an intricate focal point that ties the space together. As for your color palette, stick to neutrals or pastels to keep your design from feeling too busy.
Additional Design Elements: Capture a Reclaimed Wood Look
Modern deck designs champion natural materials as well as innovation, making modern composite decking with nature-inspired designs the ideal decking material.
Explore More Curated Modern Deck Designs
If you’re looking for even more modern deck designs, we’ve got you covered.
Had enough inspiration yet? We haven’t either. Explore the modern composite decking designs below to spark your creativity, and then discover even more ideas in our Inspiration Gallery.
A low composite deck evokes Scandinavian style with a mix of warm and cool neutrals. The deck features Weathered Teak® Multi-Width capped polymer deck boards.
A two-toned composite deck features Espresso™ and Ashwood capped composite deck boards. A glass panel aluminum railing keeps the beautiful view unobstructed.
A shaded composite deck is made of rich brown Mahogany capped polymer deck boards. Two love seats sit around a small table. A Drink Rail lends style and function to the perimeter.
A low composite deck features an outdoor living room set-up complete with couch, chairs, end tables, and a coffee table. The deck is made of Antique Leather™ capped composite deck boards.
Keep the creative energy flowing and dive into our Inspiration Gallery for more modern deck designs.