If you have sweeping harbour or city views, or a perfectly landscaped garden, it's time you created a space in your outdoor area where you can sit, relax and enjoy your surroundings. Innovative deck trends are on the rise, as many homeowners look to transform their exteriors into comfortable and welcoming places to dine, entertain guests or simply lie back on a sun lounger with a good book.
Here are some of the top deck trends to help inspire you when creating your own comfortable outdoor living space.
Traditionally, deck areas have been almost exclusively wooden. While the natural look of pine or cedar has plenty of charm, choosing wood for your deck is not without its drawbacks. Composite options are becoming more popular, not only for their ecological properties, but also for their longterm maintenance benefits.
Composite deck lumber is frequently made from recycled materials such as sawdust, plastic and bamboo fibres, so they're much more environmentally friendly. They also require less maintenance in the long run in comparison to wood, which needs to be regularly cleaned and treated to prevent it from warping or swelling. As composite deck won't splinter like wood, this amalgamate lumber is also ideal for families with kids.
Opt for split levels
Creating a multi-level area in your garden in the perfect remedy for small or uniquely-shaped spaces, or to create a focal point in a flat landscape. Split-level decking divides cosy areas into multiple outdoor sections, which you can then theme as you wish. One level could be designated as an entertainment area with comfy seating and a barbecue, while another could be more focused on quiet relaxation, with cushions, throws and a trickling water feature.
If you're considering opting for one of the split-level deck trends, it's a good idea to add some deck railing into your design. Deck railing can be both a safety feature and an aesthetic addition to your outdoor space, so take some time to browse the options available. Natural materials, such as organic rope, are a simple, rustic addition, while glass deck railing allows for an uninterrupted view up and down your garden.
Light it up
If you're planning on spending those warm evenings entertaining guests outdoors, you will also need to pick out some external light fixtures. Terrace trends currently favour golden hued bulbs or lanterns to give your seating area a welcoming glow, and you can even find outdoor light fixtures with inbuilt solar panels to allow them to self-charge. Position your lighting to cast a glow across the different levels of your terrace to help you navigate your way through your garden at night, or add some accent lights around water features or on your deck railing to highlight aesthetic focal points.
Work tech into your deck
Outdoor living today is all about incorporating those new technological updates. From state-of-the-art grills to outdoor televisions and sound systems, you can get creative with your deck using some of the latest gadgets. Recent deck trends build these technological features into your structure, with wiring easily channelled through the decking underfoot to keep it out of the way, or trailed along your deck railing,
Engel & Völkers have decades of experience dealing with luxury real estate around the world. Take a look at the Engel & Völkers website for more tips on how to transform your property and garden, from outdoor sound systems to rustic cable railing.