Get your backyard space ready for the summer and take the indoors outside! Erin Vaughan from Modernize shares seven decor ideas that will help transform your outdoor living space.
It’s shaping up to be a record-breaking summer, which means you’ll have plenty of time to spend outside on the deck, with a book in hand and iced tea by your side. But leisure time on the porch goes down a lot smoother with some first class accessories. These days, people spend more time than ever in these kinds of outdoor spaces, which has definitely upped the ante for deck decor. Porches these days are commonly called “outdoor living spaces,” reflecting the new perspective that decks should really be an extension of your home. Here’s how to create more comfortable and inviting decks, for an exterior space so pretty, you’ll practically want to sleep there!
Hang Curtains for Floor-to-Ceiling Style
Once the exclusive domain of battered plastic seating and hard wrought-iron benches, decks have definitely seen a transition in recent years to a softer kind of decor. Plush cushions, outdoor couches, and sturdy rugs add some of the ease of indoor living to your exteriors. However, that doesn’t mean you still don’t have to deal with the elements. Give yourself a little shade with a light floor-to-ceiling deck curtain. Made from easy-breezy fabrics, these curtains have all the softness of afternoon sunlight, while allowing you to avoid the worst glare.
Add a Solar Canopy
This is one of our favorites in recent memory. Customizable photovoltaic structures, such as solar canopies, are giving conventional awnings a pretty good run for their money. Topped with a set of thin solar panels, not only do they serve the practical function of cooling and shading your deck, they also generate energy for your home to use as well! And with a sleek, modernist profile, they won’t set you back in the looks department, either.
DIY Your Own Tabletop Firepit
In cramped or smallish deck spaces, finding room for a full-sized firepit—a spot that safely avoids flammable hazards—is almost too much to ask. But that doesn’t mean your deck can’t transform into a cozy, firelit retreat. Thanks to this simple tutorial, you can make your own stylish concrete fire bowl, using cement, a chafing dish canister, and some river rocks. As a bonus, the concrete mold works for planters, too, if you’re feeling something a little less flammable. For a few hours’ work you’ll get a pint-sized fire pit with style to spare!
Create a Deck Rail Bar for Bistro Breakfasts by the Sunrise
A bistro breakfast nook on a porch or patio makes a perfect place to sip coffee, but it can be tough to manage in tight spaces. If you already have room devoted to a porch swing or other seating, you may not feel like you have much left for a table and chairs. This elegant solution solves that problem in a snap! This pretty little primer teaches you how to do it all for less than $50. Soon you’ll be deep in morning espresso territory!
Upgrade Your Stairway with Built in Planters
Let’s face it: stairs are kind of boring. But this one adds tons of visual interest with offset built-in planters constructed with striking cedar boards. Fitted with landscaping sheeting, these look like they’d make the perfect vessel for a new succulent garden. Or plant them with herbs for garden-fresh garnishes next time you strike up the grill. Bon appetite!
Or Take Your Lighting to the Next Level with these Moroccan-Inspired Lanterns
Not into gardening? No worries! Stairs can be easily dressed up with a few Moroccan-style temple lanterns. Evocative, charming, and exotic, these elevate ho-hum decor and ramp up the sophistication of ordinary spaces. You can even make them yourself from mason jars, if you’re feeling crafty. They pair perfectly with a bohemian-style porch swing and cushioned ottoman!
Install an LED Candle Chandelier
LEDs are making it possible to do things with lighting we never thought possible, such as creating realistic-looking candle chandeliers—without the risk of fires. Suspended over a sociable seating area, these captivating hanging lights add a touch of Renaissance romance to any evening get-together.
With deck ideas this lovely, your only problem now will be figuring out what to do with yourself once porch season ends!
About the Writer
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.