Our outdoor spaces are important for providing a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. If you have a big enough deck, it may also provide additional room for entertaining and cooking. If all you have is empty space, it may seem like you are underutilizing this open area and will want to do more to make it more functional and boost backyard appeal. Here are some great ideas on what you can add to make your deck that will make it better than ever before.
Build a Lattice Wall
A lattice wall is a great way to create some privacy around your deck area, especially if your yard looks out on other properties or a road. You can use it like a screen that obscures others’ views of what is going on in your home. It can also help provide some shelter from strong winds. Adding climbing plants to the mix becomes another beautiful feature of the property that will look and smell amazing when the flowers are in bloom.
Install a Pergola
A pergola is a beautiful overhead structure that is great for adding a partially shaded area where you can more comfortably relax outside when the sun is out. They come in a variety of styles you can use to enhance or complement the design of your house. Simple and elegant, they are a great way to add charm and functionality to your outdoor space.
You can arrange potted plants around your deck to add some greenery. From flowers to palms, there is a wide variety of choices you can go for to add fragrance, color, and beauty to your space. If you have a green thumb, you can even opt to plant vegetables, fruits, or an herb garden. Do some research to determine what choices can do well in a potted environment and your climate. Consider adding some hanging baskets with flowers and herbs. This is another way to add greenery around the home and soften the sharp edges around the deck area. Strategically placed, they can also add some more shade which will come in handy when you want to remain outside when it is sunny.
Add a Water Feature
Water features like fountains are typically installed in the back or front yard on the open ground. However, you can still add small water features on a wood deck made from cement, stone, or ceramic. They can even have LED lighting to illuminate the outdoor area at night. You can install various designs such as standalone or against a wall. The trickling sound of water and its clean, fresh smell will prove very relaxing and refreshing.
Bring Out a Fire Pit Table
It is generally not safe to install a fire pit on a wooden deck. However, you can invest in a small outdoor fire pit table that can comfortably provide the warmth you want on chilly evenings and make for an attractive centerpiece. They are designed to be safe even when carrying open flames as they are gas-fueled and built with durable fire-resistant materials. They make for a great entertaining space where guests can gather around for conversation and games or possibly even roast some marshmallows.