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Unique & Original Deck Ideas

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A deck treated with Benjamin Moore wood stain reveals a deep, dark tone against the sunlight and bright yellow daisies in the background.

What is a deck? A deck is an outdoor room whose colors shift and dance as light moves throughout the day.

Creating Original Decks: Thinking Beyond the Barbecue

A deck is a room designed for comfort, with soft chaises to lounge upon and tables to gather the family. It is a room that is easy to care for, but that can become sophisticated enough to host an elegant dinner.

The deck has become a favorite gathering spot that reflects our multifaceted lives. When you start to think of it as an outdoor room, the possibilities for its decor become endless.

A deck can change its mood — practical, whimsical, elegant, contemplative — to suit yours. Based on your deck's unique style, it can be the perfect spot for everything from intimate weddings to Cub Scout meetings to the ubiquitous family barbecue. A deck really is a blank canvas – and when it comes to creative deck ideas, the sky is literally the limit.

Developing Unique Deck Ideas

To get the most from your outdoor space, consider your interests and needs when creating your deck's unique design. What are your pastimes? Will your deck be the family hub for activity or a peaceful retreat?

What kind of entertaining will the deck be used for? Do you plan large parties, intimate dinners, casual get-togethers, or elegant gatherings? What about practical considerations? Can you use your original deck or will you need to add on? Is there a view from the deck to be enjoyed or one to be blocked? Can you take advantage of natural shade, or would umbrellas and a permanent or retractable awning answer your needs?

By taking the time to understand how a deck would best fit your lifestyle, you can bring your unique deck ideas to life – and create a space you'll love now and for years to come.

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