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Unique Deck Ideas for a Cool, Curated Home

May 19, 2021
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Looking for unique deck ideas to make your outdoor living space stand out? You’ve come to the right place.

Benefits of a Unique Deck Design

  • Showcases your personal sense of style.
  • Designed to suit your specific needs and the space you have available.

Factors That Will Influence Your Unique Deck Design

Before you dive into exploring unique deck ideas for your outdoor living space, think about the factors that will influence your project:


Labor, material, and substructure are just some of the
costs to budget for.


Your home’s architectural style will influence the design and decor of your deck.

Deck Function

Think about how you’ll use your deck the most and plan your design around that function.

Now that you understand the factors that will affect your design, you’re ready to explore inspirational unique deck ideas.

Unique Deck Ideas to Inspire Your Design

These completed decks boast unique design and decor elements that create a one-of-a-kind outdoor space for family and friends to enjoy. Be sure to keep the three factors above in mind as you explore these unique deck ideas.

Peaceful Poolside Resort

Unique deck ideas peaceful poolside resort

Relative Cost: $$-$$$

A straightforward design and single-level surface mean this deck has lower upfront costs than a more complex build. However, deck add-ons such as the outdoor bar will increase costs.

Architectural Style

Coastal-style homes evoke tranquility and relaxing waterfront living thanks to cool grays and blues, crisp white trim, and natural decor materials like jute.

Primary Deck Function

This expansive build features a pool deck, bar area, and outdoor dining, so you can lounge, laugh, and dine alfresco, simply by stepping out your back door.

Unique Deck Ideas Used in This Design

Unique deck ideas poolside deck

Go Light & Bright With Whitewash Cedar®

Choose light colored deck boards such as Whitewash Cedar® for an airy feel that complements the fresh colors of the coastal theme.

Lighter colored decking is typically cooler to the touch in full sun, making it an ideal choice for poolside decks.

Choose Coastal-Style Furniture & Decor

The bright white and deep blue colors of coastal décor pieces create contrast and add a cool, contemporary feel to your space.

Ambient deck lights such as lanterns contribute to a warm, tranquil atmosphere.

Unique deck ideas coastal-style furniture and decor

Craftsman-Style Woodland Retreat

Unique Deck Ideas Woodland Retreat

Relative Cost: $$$-$$$$

This deck features multiple levels, a curated mixed material railing, and diagonal boards, all of which influence cost.

Architectural Style

Craftsman-style homes are known for their low-pitched gable roofs, hand-worked local materials, and an emphasis on nature-inspired tones and textures. This outdoor living space features composite decking with a real-wood appearance, stone, and greenery for a truly unique look.

Primary Deck Function

Sectioned areas of the deck allow for both intimate gatherings and larger get-togethers.

Unique Deck Ideas Used in This Design

Unique deck ideas built-in bench

Go Bold With Richly Hued Decking

Saturated browns and grays can be dramatic or warm and inviting, and they fit in well with the nature-inspired tones of craftsman-style homes.

The deep brown of these TimberTech® AZEK® Vintage Collection® English Walnut® boards blends in perfectly with the woodsy surroundings.

Mix Railing Materials for a Curated Look

Some top rail profiles are compatible with railing components in different materials, allowing you to mix and match for a unique look.

This Classic Composite Series Drink Rail combines a cable infill, black composite posts, and an English Walnut top rail for an artisanal aesthetic.

Mix railing materials for a curated look
Unique deck ideas choose foliage for deck skirting

Choose Foliage for Your Deck Skirting

Deck skirting runs around the deck perimeter between the deck surface and ground. It is typically made of lattice work or fascia boards.

For a more natural perimeter, plant foliage like tall grass, lush hedges, or full bushes to block the underside of your deck.

Lakeside Entertainment Deck

Unique Deck Ideas Lakeside Entertainment Deck

Relative Cost: $$$$

The complex deck surface design, which uses Multi-Width Decking and heat-bending to create curved deck boards, influences this build’s upfront costs.

Architectural Style

Contemporary homes are defined by asymmetry, geometric shapes, neutral colors, and an emphasis on using modern, sustainable materials. This deck complements its contemporary home with a geometric patterned inlay and an intentional cool gray color scheme.

Primary Deck Function

The large, expansive deck plays the role of your ideal entertainment venue. Its separate areas, created by furniture placement and deck patterning, denote focal points where you and your guests can mingle.

Unique Deck Ideas Used in This Design

Make a Statement With
Multi-Color Decking

Combine different colored deck boards to create contrast in your deck surface.

Mix and match two or three hues across your surface or use specific colors to define different areas of your deck for a look that’s all your own.

Create Dimension With
Multi-Width Decking

Multi-width deck boards come in narrow (3.5”), standard (5.5”) and wide (7.25”) widths which can be used to create various deck patterns for a more dimensional look.

Try a herringbone pattern for a textured look, or choose a diagonal inlay for a dynamic focal point.

Create dimension with Multi-Width Decking
Keep it cool with curved decking

Keep It Cool With Curved Decking

curved deck design brings an unexpected element to your deck’s shape and blends well with landscaping elements.

Try a curved deck stair design and perimeter for a soft, elegant border or create a curved built-in bench for a defined gathering place.

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With these unique deck ideas in mind, you’re ready to start designing your own statement-making deck. Use our 3D Deck Design tool to play with deck shape, board color, railing materials, and more to create your custom outdoor living space — then save your work to share with your contractor.

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

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