Garden Deck Area – 10 Ideas For Creating a Unique and Beautiful Outdoor Space

a large table and benches under steel beams over a deck with wisteria
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Do you want to create the perfect outdoor oasis in your garden? A stylish and unique garden deck area is ideal for sitting, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors. These simple ideas allow you to transform an ordinary garden into an inviting space.

Whether you have a small balcony or a large backyard, a garden deck can be designed to fit your space and style.

Garden Deck

comfy chairs on a decking in a garden

From choosing the right materials and layout to adding the finishing touches that will make your deck a favorite gathering spot for family and friends, a garden deck is the perfect way to extend your living space for relaxing, dining, or entertaining. 

Here are some tips from the expert, Decks & Docks Lumber Company when creating a deck and patio area that stands out from the rest.

1. Choose a Focal Point For Your Garden Deck

seating around a fire pit on a garden deck

This could be anything from a fire pit to a luxurious outdoor seating area to a small dip pool if you have room! When designing your deck, ensure that this feature stands out to create an eye-catching centerpiece for your garden design

Consider the size of your garden deck area. If you have a small space, choose a focal point that is proportional to the size of the area. A large sculpture or water feature might overwhelm a small deck, while a small garden statue might get lost on a large one.

Experiment with your deck area by moving furniture and plants around until you are happy with how it feels and looks. 

2. Add Some Color

A cozy outdoor seating area on a gravelled patio, featuring a corner sofa with yellow tasselled throw and a pallet table with tiles. An eucalyptus tree provides shade and a touch of greenery to the space, while festoon lights add ambiance and illumination to the area
Adding pops of yellow to this garden space helps brighten it up

All backyard deck ideas need to include color! Bright colors bring life and energy to a space, so don’t be afraid to add bold colors to your garden design. Consider choosing bright cushions or pillows for your furniture and outdoor rugs.

One of the easiest ways to add color to your garden deck is by adding plants and flowers. Choose plants with brightly colored foliage or blooms, such as petunias, marigolds, or geraniums.

You can also choose plants with variegated leaves or interesting textures, such as ferns or succulents.

3. Use Natural Elements

patio with gravel, wooden adirondacks and fire pit

Incorporating natural elements into your deck design will help bring peace and tranquillity to your garden space. Try adding plants around the deck’s perimeter, or opt for wood accents like benches or chairs made of bamboo or teak wood.

Natural materials like stone can also create exciting pathways throughout the deck area. It adds texture and character to the space.

4. Invest in Quality Furniture

A charming outdoor seating area featuring a rattan corner garden sofa and a pallet table with tiles. The area is bordered by a curved garden gate and adorned with large bush lanterns and lush plants
Our rattan corner sofa is still going strong, 4 years after we bought it!

Quality furniture is essential when creating a comfortable outdoor living space that will last for years. Furthermore, a garden isn’t just enjoyable for adults, but for kids as well.

If you are looking for a durable play structure for your children, consider adding a metal swing set to your garden deck area. This addition will provide endless fun for your kids and can be a great way to encourage outdoor play.

Look for pieces with weather-resistant materials such as wicker or aluminum frames and cushions made from durable fabrics like Sunbrella fabric, known for its fade-resistant properties and waterproof qualities!

5. Lighting is Key

a gravelled garden with a fire pit and lighted fire, adirondacks around the pit all under a eucalyptus tree

Good lighting is critical in creating an inviting atmosphere in your deck area at night.

Think about adding some garden string lights around the perimeter of the space or even installing some spotlights near seating areas so you can enjoy spending time outdoors, even after dark.

Spotlights can be used to highlight specific features of your garden deck, such as a water feature, statue, or tree. You can install them on the ground, or mount them on a wall or post.

6. Create Privacy

a pergola with a seating area and fireplace under it

If you’re looking for more privacy on your deck, consider building a trellis around specific areas by either attaching it to the side of your deck or installing it as a freestanding structure.

A trellis is decorative in nature, so will become a feature in its own right. Growing vines or other climbing plants on the trellis will inject color into your garden and will provide extra privacy whilst still allowing natural light during daytime hours.

Planting lush shrubs such as Hydrangeas (my personal favorites), Boxwood or Rhododendrons along one side of the deck area is a natural way to add privacy to your garden deck. 

7. Make It Multi-Purpose

plants on a wall of a house with a garden deck area

Creating an indoor outdoor living room doesn’t have to mean sacrificing function.

Try adding features like built-in shelving to store your plants or storage options which can double up as seating when needed while keeping items organized in one place.

8. Get Creative With Fencing Options

a garden with small pool and a pergola with a dining set under it

Fences can be used as safety barriers and decorative elements in any outdoor living space.

Think about getting creative with fencing options by opting for horizontal slats instead of traditional vertical pickets or going all out with patterned panels that act as eye-catching accent pieces.

9. Install A Built-In Grill

a garden with small lawn, bar and outdoor kitchen area and a dining table and chairs

What better way to enjoy summer days than hosting barbecues outdoors on your custom-built grill?

All you need is a gas line installation using a gas fuel source, and then you’ll have plenty of room to entertain guests while cooking delicious meals al fresco!

10. Add Unique Accessories

a hammock hanging from trees in a garden
Patio deck ideas – hammocks and swings are perfect

Remember small touches when it comes to styling your outdoor living space – think about adding unexpected accessories like hanging planters filled with vibrant flowers, unique sculptures like bronze horse statues, or colorful lanterns scattered around seating areas.

A hammock or swing on your deck can add a fun and relaxing element to your garden deck. You can choose from a variety of styles, such as freestanding or attached, and materials, such as rope or fabric.

Whether you are going for a modern and minimalistic or eclectic and bohemian garden, there are endless ideas for creating a unique and stylish garden deck area that perfectly reflects your and your home’s style!

A charming outdoor seating area featuring a blue pallet table with pink flowers as a centerpiece, on a gravel patio. A corner sofa provides comfortable seating, while pink tulips add a pop of color to the space
Colourful plants and flowers are ideal for your deck and patio

By following these simple tips from Decks & Docks Lumber Company, you’ll be able to take advantage of all that fun summer weather has to offer without leaving the comfort (or style!) behind at home.

Have fun experimenting with different color palettes, textures, and furniture – before long, you’ll have created an inviting outdoor oasis perfect for entertaining friends (or just enjoying some much-needed alone time!).

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