Make Your Deck an Inviting, Comfortable Living Space
by Monica Resinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: How to make your deck an inviting place to spend time with your family.
Decks provide additional living space; a place to relax,
entertain and eat meals. Decorating it makes our experiences
all the more enjoyable and inviting. If you don't have a deck,
don't despair, you can always apply some of these ideas to a
patio, porch or even a section of grass in your backyard. The
important part is to have additional living space when the
weather is warm and beautiful.
One idea is to light up your deck with deck light sets. These
are sold in a wide range of colors and designs and are much
like Christmas tree lights. I have seen them shaped in cola
bottles, pink flamingos and more. Even Christmas tree lights
will work great for this especially if it's the white lights. You
could set a tall potted plant such as a tall palm out on the deck
and add the lights to it.
Using container plants to liven your deck is an old but great
idea. Before planting, think about the wide variety of items that
will work for container plantings such as toy dump trucks,
football helmets, wagons or wheelbarrows, wicker baskets and
teapots. Just be sure the container has proper drainage by
drilling holes or adding an inch or so layer of gravel to the
bottom. Plant your container with plants that will compliment
it. If you don't want to use live flowering plants, how about
Add comfortable, attractive seat covers to any seating. This
will brighten it up and make it more inviting and comfortable.
For furniture, consider wicker. It's always pretty and durable.
Usually the deck has some wall surface as they are usually built
onto the house, so this is an opportunity to decorate it with
such things as wicker hats decorated with silk flowers, wicker
wall baskets to hold items, wooden plaques or even
Here is a list of other items to try on your deck:
~ welcome mats
~ wind chimes
~ sea shells (these can be used as ashtrays)
~ drift wood
~ pretty rocks
~ candles (don't forget citronella to keep the bugs away)
~ wicker baskets to hold small gardening tools or snips of
herbs and flowers
~ Vases or other containers full of flowers and/or herbs
There is one important consideration to think about when
decorating your deck and that is weather and if your deck is
covered or not. Obviously, you don't want to put books and
magazines out onto an uncovered deck, but they would be a
great addition to a covered one. If your deck has a roof, you
have a lot more options such as pillows, throws, games and
furniture that shouldn't be out in the weather.
Many of us have cramped living spaces and this is one way
to help solve that problem. Even if you have plenty of room,
we all have to get outside sometime.
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