35 Deck Design Ideas

Get inspired by these ideas for decks and turn your outdoor living space into a family room and area for entertaining.

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May 12, 2020

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Bring Your Style Outdoors

You may think of your deck as just an innocuous wooden platform jutting out to your backyard, but with a little planning and a good design, that space can become a fabulous al fresco family room, area for entertaining or a place to kick off your shoes and just chill.

Consider some ideas for a deck that expresses your style outdoors, and how you can make the most of your surroundings — whether that includes a spectacular view or lush trees and greenery — to create your just-right outdoor retreat.

See the deck ideas on the following slides.

Work With Your Surroundings

Some of the most imaginative deck designs are the result of working with the terrain. This platform is perched in a spot perfect for relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze.

Create a Destination

Decks don't have to be attached to the house; they can lead to new vistas, private retreats and little nooks in the garden.

Wide Open

By day, this deck is ideal for entertaining, providing a space for guests to relax. By night, the fire pit area offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest evenings.

Patterns Are Important

A panoramic view deserves a panoramic deck, but with wraparound decks come special challenges. One of the first things you'll need to do before you begin framing is to determine the decking pattern. Consider the most unifying patterns and the patterns that work best with the existing lines of the house. A well-designed wraparound could offer one spot for barbecuing, another for sunning and yet another for privacy — all with the turn of a corner.

A Daybed to Remember

A pergola with a large swinging daybed is the perfect spot to relax in this urban outdoor living space. An outdoor kitchen area leads around to a dining table that seats eight — perfect for entertaining.

Deck With Accents

This deck stretches the whole back length of the house and features a large dining area at one end and a comfortable sitting area at the other. Colorful accents are a cheerful complement to the home's tan siding.

The Importance of Color

Selecting the perfect color for your deck will impact the overall look of your space. This dark deck is the perfect background for the cityscape because it doesn't draw attention away from the urban views.

Color Sets the Tone

The colorful, orange seating on this rooftop outdoor lounge space, which includes a small dining area, matches the vibrant surroundings.

Take the Color Outdoors

This small deck with a modern Americana theme adds to the home's entertaining space. The curtains can be pulled for privacy from neighboring homes or left open to enjoy outdoor views.

Take It to Another Level

If you want to highlight a view, having more than one level allows multiple vantage points. And you may choose to tier your deck space because you're seeking some public and private outdoor areas, or because you want to devote an area to a specific activity, such as barbecuing.

Elevated Deck & Cabana

Decor in blue and gray unify this home's outdoor spaces that include an elevated deck, outdoor kitchen and pool area with a pool house.

Separate Outdoor Spaces

Raising the deck area and adding beach pebbles creates a separate lounge area in this modern backyard. This deck is made of mangaris wood and accented with a small concrete fire pit.

Don't Forget the Railing

There's no need to sacrifice railing style and design for efficiency and safety. If you're afraid of blocking a fabulous view, many contemporary railings are available with glass or see-through slats. When selecting deck railing, consider how easy it will be to maintain and how well it will hold up to weather conditions. And don't forget that the railing is as much an aesthetic component as is the deck's building material — think about style and congruity.

Deck and Sunken Lounge

A deck wraps around the house, with a fireplace and steps down to a sunken lounge. The outdoor spaces feel like an easy continuation of the beach and blissful ocean views.

Consider the Space's Flexibility

Built-in seating can vastly expand the versatility of your deck. If you expect to do a lot of entertaining, you'll need less furniture. The downside, however, is that once the built-ins are built in, they're there to stay and they'll dictate what you can do and how you move around your deck.

Curved Deck and Dining Room

Thinking about expanding your outdoor living space to replace some of your lawn? Modern building materials make it possible to design a deck that fits into the tightest spaces.

Blending Naturally

Steep terrain needn't be a deterrent to outdoor living. This amazing multi-level deck provides plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining, yet stays in tune with the rugged, woodsy environs.

Spacious Deck for Entertaining

This deck is built around an existing tree with a swinging hammock chair, using natural elements to create a perfect spot to relax.

Lush Dining

This deck, complemented with lush Mediterranean-insired plantings, sits flush with an infinity pool, creating a seamless visual line down the backyard.

Romantic Backyard

Multiple structures provide shady gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.

Cozy Cabana

A cabana tucked into the corner of a deck is a cozy spot for drinks and watching sunsets.

From: Barry Dixon

Contemporary Terrace

With a small wood pergola, lovely potted plants and a dedicated dining area, this rooftop terrace is perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing with family and friends. The spaces's cool, contemporary design makes it all the more appealing.

Sleek Lounge

Neutrals work together here to create a sleek and cozy outdoor space. The warm redwood deck and pergola are accented with creamy neutrals in the furniture and stone elements like the fire pit and walls.

Enormous Fun

A custom deck doubles a family's available living space. Under the cedar pergola, custom daybeds invite serious lounging (and napping).

Small Deck Retreat

A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Include touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don't have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near.

Dreamy Urban Deck

Drought-resistant perennials and shrubs complete the relaxed vibe of this deck with its stunning urban view.

Botanical Bliss

This large outdoor deck is painted a dark charcoal color that subtly separates it from the home's charcoal exterior. Wrapping the beams of the pergola in climbing vines adds a botanical transition from the outdoor living area to the adjacent yard.

Add Greenery

Landscaping hugs the curves of this deck and creates a living frame with greenery. Using layers of plants in the landscaping gives the space the lush, textured feel of an outdoor oasis.

Cottage-Style Covered Deck

A comfortable seating area complements this 19th century home's private porch and an outdoor rug anchors the primary seating area.

Large Deck and Gazebo

Giving the outdoor area the feel of a spectacular tree house, a wide deck winds all around the home's exterior with railings and quiet gazebos for shelter.

Private Cabana

This cabana with a slat wall for privacy makes a perfectly functional and relaxing outdoor retreat.

A Warm Welcome

Rich woods create a welcoming, contemporary deck surrounding a sleek swimming pool, while a covered pavilion provides a space to gather out of the sun and enjoy the views.

Modern Rooftop

A gray outdoor sectional wraps around this modern rooftop with a lovely panoramic view. Neon green pillows and orange stools add a bright splash of color to the monochromatic space.

From: Sean Kelley

Traditional Back Deck With Elegant Seating

Two traditional outdoor chairs with elegant wrought iron frames provide seating on this beautiful back deck. Lively potted flowers add a delightful touch.

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