This year’s strategy for modern summer living is to create an outdoor living space with the best amenities of beloved indoor spaces. Your deck has been called into service and your summer job is to provide the best living experience that current summer design trends can provide. As you look around, you will find yourself enchanted by high-end outdoor kitchens with custom-built pizza ovens and sleek outdoor cooking islands. Or perhaps the concept of outdoor big screen TV has you already planning poolside sports-watching parties. While spending big on your “outdoor living room” project may be tempting, this is also the time for summer furniture sales that put your outdoor lifestyle upgrades in reach.
Colour is the key
This year’s colours include a vivid turquoise, teal, white or navy — tones of the sea that do wonders for a deck. A few attractive oceanic accessories can shift your outdoor mindset to that of a cruise ship. Remember, there must be a reason they call it a deck!
Don’t forget the power of grey, this year’s preferred colour for outdoor furniture. Lighter greys conjure images of driftwood. Darker greys speak of stormy seas or rocky coastlines.
Or look to the tropics with a near-neon lime green, this year’s hot pink, a tangerine-mango tone and rich greens. An outdoor tropical print on sofas and napkins gives a holiday festivity to the outdoor room. Just add your favourite potted plant.
[Quick tip: Good outdoor fabrics resist UV rays, water, mildew, and food and beverage stains. Check the specs. Like a NexGEN deck, the best fabrics are engineered to need only minimal maintenance and care.]
Time to replace your deck to start over?
If the deck itself conveys a tired, worn-out surface, you can turn to outdoor rugs to extend your outdoor living for another season, or you can think about deck replacement.