HR-030815-ara-1When spring arrives, will your patio be wearing the shabby remnants of last season’s look?

In anticipation for warmer days, consider upgrading your outdoor living space with the trends that every well-dressed deck will be wearing this year.

A better view

Everyone hopes for a nice view from their deck, but traditional wooden railings can block your view, and glass can be hard to clean.

More view-seeking homeowners are replacing wooden balusters with Ultra-tec stainless-steel cable railings. The cable can be used with wood, metal or sleeved posts with a solid core, and you can retrofit any railing with the cable. Whether your deck is made of wood or composite, cable railing works wherever you would install a traditional railing, including the deck perimeter and stairs.

A deck of a different color


This year, expect to see a plethora of fresh colors popping up on decks. While changing the color of a wooden deck from a darker hue to something brighter may be problematic, composite decking manufacturers have branched out into a variety of brighter colors, including whites and light grays. You’ll even see pops of color like greens and blues in designs and inserts set into decking planks.

You also can add color to your deck through plantings. Think outside the planter box — and traditional floral plantings — to mix things up with decorative grasses and leafy foliage that will splash color around your deck throughout the summer.

Mixed media

Long gone are the days when decks were single-material constructions. Today’s decks are a study in mixed media, incorporating traditional materials like wood, brick and tile with modern elements such as composite planks, cable railings and even ceramic tile.

Pair a traditional wood deck with cable railing and stairs that descend to a patio of pavers set in a herringbone pattern. Use heat-resistant ceramic tile to create a decorative and functional cooking area on a composite deck.

On the lighter side


Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the purposes of safety, or to extend the deck’s usability well into the night. Lighting can be a design statement and a powerful decorative element for your deck.

Decorative post caps can add a designer look to railings while also providing ample light for outdoor activities. Inset lights create mood and ensure safe footing on stairs. For a soft, glowing effect, tuck rope lighting beneath upper and lower railings.

With some designer touches, it’s easy to turn your deck from dull to delightful — and ensure your outdoor spaces stay in step with today’s best-dressed decks.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.