Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Deck


Transform your deck into an outdoor living space filled with function and charm. Reflect your personal style by incorporating outdoor accessories like favorite plants and flowers. Furnish the space with comfortable seating for entertaining guests or relaxing with a favorite book. Add dimension to the outdoor deck using color and texture. By decorating the outdoor deck with your own one-of-a-kind design, you create the creature comforts of home and a space you enjoy year-round.


  • Arrange seating around the outdoor deck to create intimate areas for outdoor living. A set of teak chairs arranged around a portable fire pit creates a vignette for enjoying on cool, breezy nights. Built-in or freestanding benches along the perimeter of the deck provide additional seating for guests to gather during outdoor festivities. Shade outdoor furniture with an outdoor umbrella. Larger umbrellas provide maneuverable shelter that also add a layer of charm to the space. Anchored within a base, they block the sun and provide a shaded retreat below.


  • Scatter plush pillows over deck seating to add extra comfort while livening up the space with color. Made from durable, weather-proof material, outdoor pillows come in a wide range of patterns and colors to echo colors found in surrounding flowerbeds. Light up the deck with decorative outdoor lighting. Twinkling outdoor lights strung from nearby trees provide a magical glow. Rest outdoor lanterns on accent tables to create intimate and magical ambiance. Lay a colorful outdoor rug to define the space and add a soft touch to the floor. Boost comfort with oversized floor cushions. Colors in bright patterns create a whimsical design. Create a tranquil sound of trickling water with a container fountain. Portable fountains housed along the deck provide a relaxing touch.


  • Fill the deck with plants and flowers for style and color. Large pots filled with shrubs create a jungly, lush feel. Stand the shrubs side-by-side and along the perimeter for a privacy barrier. Fill pots with flowers that attract butterflies, such as zinnia and black-eyed Susan. Create a focal point with a dwarf Japanese maple. Their cascading, weeping form is stunning tucked along one corner of the deck to frame the entire design. Don’t forget about the containers when decorating the deck. Paint the pots with similar colors found within the containers. Pale greens complement most plants and help showcase colorful blooms.

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