Whether it’s a cookout for friends or a quiet conversation with family, the backyard deck is the hot spot for summer living. So what’s trending now when it comes to making that space as stylish and functional as it can be?

“The line between indoor and outdoor living spaces continues to blur,” said HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. “It’s changing the way people think about how they decorate and outfit their deck and backyard.”


Wilson shared his essential deck-cessories for summer and beyond:

Get decked out with color

The trend that’s making a big impact on outdoor spaces now is color. The new line of Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain at The Home Depot comes in the five most popular stain colors, protects from water damage and adds color all in one formula.


Light it up

More homeowners are choosing green lighting for their backyard space. Solar lighting is an eco-friendly, energy-saving option that requires no wiring or cords, making installation easy. Light up the night with twinkling LED lights on a deck railing or floating globe lamps spread throughout the yard.

Old is the “new” new


Repurposing and reusing items is not only a hot trend, but also a great way to save money. Try using old pallets to build an outdoor coffee table or even chairs. All types of discarded items can be transformed into planters, or turn mason jars into lanterns.

Deck tech

Technology doesn’t have to stop at the patio door. There are many great gadgets you can incorporate into your outdoor space like solar-powered wireless speakers or a halogen patio umbrella lamp. A recent trend has been integrating a television into deck space, mounted to the ceiling, wall or planter pole with outdoor TV mounts.

Fire and ice

Fire pits, fire bowls and chimineas continue to be very popular for decks and patios, allowing homeowners to have small, cozy fires. They come in a wide range of materials, and if high temperatures call for a cool down, there are misting fans and affordable misting systems that attach to a backyard hose and can significantly cool down a hot summer night.


This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.