Deck Components and Accessories
Learn about deck components and accessories that are best suited to your deck
A deck can make a spectacular addition to any outdoor living space, and it can significantly increase the overall value of a home. The right combination of deck accessories can go even farther toward creating the outdoor oasis every homeowner dreams of owning.
Deck furniture comes in many varieties, the most popular of which are wood and wicker. Generally speaking, wooden deck furniture will prove more expensive, but high quality wicker can cost a pretty penny as well. The advantage of wicker is that it's lightweight, making for easy layout reconfiguration, and it can be easily washed with soap and water. Tables, chairs and benches make great deck accessories and they create a welcoming feeling for your deck.
Break your outdoor space down into defined zones. Here, the central area is more casual and loungey, while the back is designated for a more formal sit-down meal. Three feet of space between the house and the central area rug allows for plenty of traffic in and out of the space.
To honor the midcentury modern architecture of this 1960s home, the designated formal dining spot was decorating in spring tones with sleek, contemporary lines and lush faux shrubs. The dining area is now packed with color, charm and pattern with the addition of an aqua rug, teak table and Palm Springs-inspired arm chairs.
Casual Table Settings
Anytime you're casually entertaining guests outdoors, it's wise to take the hosting pressure off yourself by setting the table up grab-and-go style. This simply means adding stacks of plates to the table, along with a pitcher and containers of fresh ingredients to grab once the grill is fired up.
During more formal entertaining events, step up your floral arrangements with a touch of creativity. Here, an arrangement of cut floral mixed with fresh produce strikes a unique balance. Make Your Own >>
Invite guests outside by decorating your outdoor space with spring-inspired colors. Here, a neutral gray sofa used year-round is given seasonal flair with bubblegum pink, mint green and teal touches. Discover the season's hottest hues >>
If you're looking to enhance the chilled-out vibe on your deck, consider a portable hammock as a deck accessory. Several manufacturers make these, and they can be positioned anywhere on your deck, where they'll surely be popular with anyone responsible for yard work (or housework, or homework for that matter).
Depending on the configuration of your deck, you might want to consider a cedar trellis as a deck accessory. These decorative pieces can provide great foundations for climbing vines, and they can disguise outdoor eyesores like air conditioning units or basement storm doors.
Finally, deck or patio lights can be a great addition to your deck, brightening your outdoor living space and creating a great nighttime option for barbecues and parties. Some even have a heating feature for those cool fall and winter nights.
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