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Creative Deck Design Trends You Should Consider

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With the deck building business having gone through so many changes over the last 10-15 years, the amount of design choices you now have can be overwhelming! We've gone from having a simple wooden platform to enjoy breakfast and a cup of coffee while providing a transition from your house to your backyard and a place to put the barbeque, to having a deck as a full functional extension of your house. It's become a place to not only enjoy meals, but to help make the most of the warmer months of the year by providing space for family & friend get-togethers, a place to plant container gardens and herbs, a place to enjoy a hot tub, and with the right furniture, a place to spend a cozy afternoon reading a good book or watching the baseball game.

Whether you are planning a simple rebuild of an existing deck or an extensive makeover, there are design ideas that you can consider to not only bring your new deck up-to-date, but to make it more practical and useable, especially when you don't have to spend more time maintaining the deck than you do making good use of it.

Neutral Colors vs Trendy Colors

With the rise in popularity of no-maintenance (commonly referred to as "composite) decking, the color choices now seem endless. Along with choosing a decking brand, choosing a color will be your next most crucial decision. With no-maintenance decking, there are generally two color palettes to choose from: Browns and Grays. Whether you go with browns or grays, you will likely be considering the color of your home and this is where you will either be looking to integrate the deck color with the color of your home or you will be looking to contrast it.

With this in mind, you can either go with a neutral color or more of a "trendy" color. Neutral colors are colors that are muted and include grays, creams, and muted browns. Examples of muted colors are Deckorators Voyage Tundra and Vista Silverwood, TimberTech/AZEK Vintage Coastline, Landmark French White Oak and Edge Prime Coconut Husk .

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Neutral colors provide a great canvas to build additional colors with furniture and accessories on your new deck . Given that no-maintenance decking will last 25 to 50 years, when you use neutral colors, all you will need to do in order to update your space is to update your furniture and accessories!

Neutral colors can have a great calming effect especially if you are not so much looking to make a statement but rather looking to create a peaceful space and when combined with colorful plants and flowers can really make your deck an inviting place.

You can also combine neutral colors with contrasting colors that can help define the space, provide contrast or simply make the space "pop".

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The other option of "trendy" colors will give your new deck some spice! You can choose to go the opposite direction of neutral colors and add some flair with eye-catching colors and elevate your deck's esthetic appeal. This will make the deck itself become the focal point and will require more neutral colors for your furniture and accessories.

Some of the current popular trend-setting colors include Deckorators Voyage Sedona and TimberTech Legacy Tigerwood. These colors tend to be darker browns with streaks of contrasting hue to make the boards really stand out.

Alternative Materials

If you want to get more creative with your deck design and layout, consider alternative materials other than wood, especially if you are looking to eliminate long-term maintenance or if you are simply looking to change things up.


Today's no-maintenance decking options can be overwhelming. There are options out there that hit every price point and cover a wide range of colors. As we have already talked about color choices, just keep in mind that composite and PVC decking options are a great alternative to traditional wood decks.

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No-maintenance decking can be used just like wood in order to create interesting design features whether it be flower and planter boxes, privacy walls, and benches. The added bonus of no-maintenance options is that, depending on the brand and collection, they come in multi-dimensional widths beyond the standard "1 x 6" deck board. This allows these different dimensions to be used not only for finishing details such as fascia and stair risers but also for the decking itself, giving you additional design and creative options.


Want to get away from traditional wood railings? Consider aluminum or glass railings, or a combination of both. Aluminum railings can add a nice touch without breaking the bank and if you really want to go the extra mile, especially if you have a great view from your deck, glass railings are ideal.

The main benefit of aluminum railings is not only their updated styling but they are maintenance free. They never rust, you never have to paint them, and they come in a variety of colors and styles to complement your decking and your home.

Glass railing options are now the biggest trend in deck railings with the main options being framed glass and frameless glass, with frameless glass offering an almost seamless look allowing you to enjoy an unobstructed view. They really open up the space especially on small decks.

The latest trend is glass railings with embedded lights like the Crystal Railings from Regal Ideas below. These railings are an outstanding way to not only add lighting to your space but they will make your deck stand out. They also create a great safety feature at night with the embedded lights in the glass providing a clear edge to your deck.

Privacy Screens

Want more privacy on your new deck? A privacy screen is another option that is moving away from traditional wood with aluminum once again becoming popular due to its maintenance free quality. And with the ability to customize, like those offered by Hideaway Screens, the options are almost endless.

Not only is aluminum an option for your next privacy screen, but so is maintenance-free decking which allows for boards in multiple dimensions to be installed vertically or horizontally, and also allow lights to be embedded in the boards for a beautiful effect.


Looking for some shade or the ability to enjoy your outside space even in the rain? Short of building a full roof over your deck, aluminum louvered pergolas are becoming ever more popular. They are available as kits or they can be customized thus allowing you to consider both design and function in a way that works with your layout.

Not only are aluminum louvered pergolas a great esthetic option, they offer practical benefits which include preventing heat buildup, control over wind and breeze, and rain protection, all of which helps you control your outdoor living environment providing you greater outdoor comfort.

Some aluminum pergolas like those offered by TimberTech Struxture provide both remote control and automatic controls using wind and rain sensors so all you have to do is sit back and relax.