7 Ways to Update Your Deck Into an Outdoor Living Room

My Home Handyman deck seating area with view in Tuscany

Written by My Home Handyman

December 7, 2021

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Does your deck feel a little empty? Does it feel like it could use some attention? Since this is a space where you and your family will spend most of your summer days, it should feel inviting and comfortable. 

Your deck can be a retreat within your own home, and there are various ways to spark a sense of joy and creativity outdoors. Your deck is similar to a living room and can be styled to truly create an experience that is warm and engaging.

It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer, so here are seven ways you can transform your deck for blissful outdoor living.

Let the furniture be the focal point

My Home Handyman deck round

Do you plan to organize intimate gatherings or host festivities and celebrations on your deck? Depending upon the function and type, your furniture should really speak to your style and personality. Placing the outdoor chairs and loveseat in combination with a coffee table and a couple of ottomans would add a friendly and cozy vibe.

However, you want to make sure that the furniture is durable, sturdy, and can easily withstand local climatic conditions. Generally, using materials like wrought iron, seagrass, rattan, and wicker makes a great choice for outdoor furniture. 

Add accessories

Your deck is bound to look incomplete without accessories and decorative accents. Remember, placing only the furniture can result in a cold and unwelcoming vibe – and that is why you must add a piece or two of the outdoor cushions, end tables, and umbrellas.

Not only are these accessories introducing cozy and warm vibes but also infusing a sense of visual interest with hues for your outdoor color palette. Picking weather-resistant fabrics for the cushions will further make it easier for you to maintain your outdoor setting. And meanwhile, ensure that the more cushions you have – the cozier the overall vibe will be!

Lay down a rug

An outdoor rug defines a space for for dinning

It’s time to turn your deck into a blissful haven with the help of an outdoor rug. Choosing a durable and synthetic material such as nylon, polypropylene, or polyester would be a smart thing to do since it’s easy to maintain and easy to clean. They resist dirt and stains, meanwhile binding the entire look into one picture.

Just in case if you have several functional zones on the deck like the alfresco dining and lounging – you can differentiate them with the help of outdoor area rugs. Yes! They will also lead to a cozy and welcoming environment.

Install a pergola

Pergola with curtains to block sun

Introducing a pergola or gazebo will undeniably save your skin, furniture, and floors in the long run. If you want to avoid excessive sun on the deck, you can choose a pergola that shields you against the sun while still fostering an airy and spacious vibe.

It feels like an extended portion of your living room but surrounded by the fresh air and the open space of your backyard. You can further decorate this outdoor setting with hanging Edison bulbs, planters, and colorful protective shields. Lastly, you also have the opportunity to attach and detach the setup based on your requirements.

Introduce nature

My Home Handyman custom deck with planters

It’s never a bad idea to incorporate a tinge of greenery on your outdoor decks. Whether you place a large and focal plant in the corner or simply style it with a few hanging planters – greenery will undoubtedly flourish your patio with extreme freshness and rejuvenation.

Well, there are various ways to infuse creativity with nature. You can fill a large ceramic bowl with colorful succulents and place it over the coffee table. Else, you can also have colorful foliage on the hanging rattan baskets and planters on the edge of your decks. Lastly, don’t hold back from a vertical garden if required!

Spark feelings of warmth with outdoor lighting

My Home Handyman deck with pergola at night

The right lighting will create a moody and welcoming environment for your family and guests to feel at home and cozy. You can simply equip your deck with outdoor lanterns, wall sconces, fairy lights, post lights, and floor lights. Even placing a few candles on the table wouldn’t be a bad option!

Furthermore, it’s also great for boosting nighttime visibility. So, now that you have outdoor lighting for the evenings – don’t hold back from organizing dinners and late-evening get-togethers! 

A fireplace for entertaining

Outdoor fireplace with seating

Fire tables and fireplaces make an excellent choice for the focal point of your outdoor living space. Quite ideal for breezy evenings, here is where you would love to spend some quality time with your friends and family. However, you have to be careful if you have kids playing around!

And this is also a great way to utilize your decks in the winter season. With a warm fire, you can spend all day long around the fireplace and still feel cozy and comfortable.

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