Decking out the deck is a summer tradition, but this year, why not explore being even more creative? Patios are no longer simply spaces for a few chairs and a table. Your patio has potential to be a kitchen, a games room, a dining room, a bedroom and more. How? With the right furniture and accessories you can find yourself spending hours on your deck without having to head inside. So what do you want your deck to be?
Comfort and bright colours are the latest trends in deck furniture. While furniture comes in a whole range of materials from aluminum to teak wood, if you’re interested in that “living room” feeling, consider wicker or all-weather couches. Wicker gives your deck that comfortable, cottage feel and yet still creates a living room atmosphere. All-weather couches come in a whole range of styles and really give the full living room feeling.
There is an amazing range of weather-friendly fabrics in bright colours to choose from. And you don’t have to worry about them fading away in the harsh sun. Should you opt for the more casual sling back aluminum framed chairs, you can still accent them with large, cozy cushions. There are even weather-resistant trims available. Complement your new living room deck furniture with outdoor floor lamps and get the full effect.
Finally, add that last bit of detail with an outdoor rug! These durable carpets are commonly made from polypropylene – a substance that was chosen for its ability to handle UV rays, mould and water – and are soil resistant. Thanks to new technologies, these outdoor carpets come in a variety of colors and patterns and are growing more and more popular. Keep in mind that the cozier, the better.
The beauty of having a larger deck is the ability to use it as both a living room and a dining room. Should you choose to do this, consider creating a smaller brick wall to separate the areas, or get creative with a range of outdoor screens. Dining room furniture for decks can range from casual to elegant. For more formal settings, consider exploring wrought iron or cast aluminum. Wood gives that casual, picnic feel.
From outdoor oven range hoods, to outdoor kitchen cabinetry the deck now has the opportunity to become a state of the art cooking space. The trend toward more elaborate barbecues and outdoor kitchen areas is growing fast. The basics include the grill, an area to prepare your food and a sink. And if you’re really dedicated, add a mini-fridge to the mix! There is a whole range of weather-resistant stainless kitchen equipment to explore. As well, keep warm on cooler nights with a fire pit or an outdoor chimerea.