How to Decorate a Pool Deck


A pool deck can be a bit difficult to decorate considering that you want the area around the pool to be safe and obstructions can make it less so. A safe area does not mean settling for boring. Simple decor can help you decorate your deck the way you wish, but still keep the area safe.

Things You'll Need

  • White lights
  • Outdoor waterfall
  • Outdoor artwork
  • Waterproof paint and sealant
  • Paintbrushes
  • Table and Chairs
  • Greenery
  • Put white lights around the pool deck. You can put up string lights along the back of the house or along a fence. If possible, use glowing ground lights to light walkways along the pool deck.

  • Set up an outdoor waterfall. It can add a beautiful touch of elegance to your pool deck. One option is to set up one that is freestanding. The waterfall will usually be part of a large decorative tiled or rocky panel. Another option is to hire a landscaper to build an outdoor waterfall that looks more natural as opposed to man made. The water can flow through and over large rocks; consider placing it on the corner of your deck so it is out of the way but still allows for a wonderful visual.

  • Put up outdoor artwork. It is specially designed to be waterproof and rustproof, so it can stand up to the natural elements and still look just as good as when you first bought it. Hang the artwork on the fence around the pool deck. Consider choosing pieces that are bright and vibrant to add a touch of summer to your backyard. They come in various shapes, sizes and designs and in various prices.

  • Put out a table and chairs. Include chairs to go with the table as well as adjustable deck chairs; make sure the table has a detachable umbrella. To make the table and chairs more your own, consider painting them with waterproof paint. For example, you can paint the legs of the deck chair a solid color or paint the deck chairs with stripes or polka dots. For the table and chairs, think about painting ivy all over them or flower garland. Put a coat of waterproof sealant over the paint after it dries.

  • Add greenery around the pool deck. You can use real or fake plants, however, fake plants may require much less maintenance. Consider fake ivy vines along the fence, large potted plants along the edge of the deck or small hanging plants on the back of the house. Another options is to grow bright flowers along the back edge of your property to contrast with the blue water.

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