Decorating your deck is an important part of your home’s look during the warm summer months.
John and I spend a lot of time outdoors, so creating a warm, inviting space to chill out and enjoy nature is really important. Whether we’re entertaining friends and family, or simply enjoying a morning cup of coffee, our outdoor environment is as important as our indoor spaces.
I’ve spent a lot of time decorating our decks at our homes in Etobicoke, Muskoka and (eventually) Arizona. I wanted to make sure we always have a place outside that’s comfortable, while keeping with our interior design aesthetic.
Since summer is finally blooming, I thought it would be fun to chat about simple ways you can upgrade your deck for the summer.
Linger on your deck into the evening hours with friends and family by softening your deck and seating area with colourful, durable accent pillows in an array of lovely summer shades. Make sure you buy pillows that are constructed with outdoor fabrics, so nature doesn’t take its toll. Toss them on your patio chairs, a sectional or a bench for an instant colour lift.
Focus on furniture
Select natural materials and finishes to give an overall sense of calm and peace for your backyard deck. Teak furniture is ideal as you don’t have to store it indoors during the winter. Faux wicker pieces have a great organic feel, never break down and are really easy to clean.
I love faux hedges and plants, too! Definitely less maintenance, and they last for years. If you have the space, consider a retractable awning, that will not only protect you from the sun, but will also act as an anchor to your space giving a more intimate feel.
Alternatively, you could install a wooden lattice wall to one side of your deck and plant clematis and climbing roses that will naturally grow up the lattice. Over time they’ll form a gorgeous wall of blooms.
Build a small garden
Before you start selecting what plants and flowers you’re going to use, make sure you evaluate your sun exposure, wind and general temperature zone of your home. All of these variables will affect which blooms will grow best.
Whether beside the patio/deck door, along the stairs or a railing, scatter beautiful potted plants all over in varying size and shape, while also using a bunch of annuals and perennials for beautiful shots of colour.
There’s certainly no shortage of planters available, so you can find any size and style that suits you. This is the time I also plant my favourite herbs (a sunny patio is the perfect spot to grow them!), along with a tomato plant or two. If you’re uncertain what to plant where, your best bet is to go to a garden store so they can answer any questions you have.