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Transforming your outdoor living space into an entertainers dream starts with your deck. Whether you have a deck that wraps around your house or have a smaller deck overlooking the street in your apartment, you can use this space in a number of different ways. Like performing a garage conversion, finding the right furniture and the right accessories can create a lovely ambiance and comfortable place to relax with family and friends.

Enjoying your Outdoor Area

Regardless of where you live, it is nice to spend some time outside. During the summer months you can expect warmer days and longer nights which means more families spend time outside rather than cozied up in their home. You can use your deck as the perfect place to eat, to relax and to enjoy the warmer weather. You can even place toys, play mats and other areas on your deck if it is covered up enough. In fact, you can add anything you want to your deck area from a spa to gym equipment, from a pool table to a television.

The first thing you need when looking into outdoor deck ideas is furniture. Most decks will include a table as well as chairs. If you have a lot of space you may even look into sun lounge chairs but this depends on what kind of area you are working with. If you do have a small space then you may only be able to put two chairs and a small table in between them or you may be able to by a six piece table and chair set to enjoy family meals outside.

In addition to furniture you also need to create an atmosphere on your deck. Plants are a perfect way to do this. You can choose from bright pots and planters to place on the corners of your deck or even hanging baskets to hang above your seating area. Having flowers and green plants all around will add some color and life to your outdoor decking area. Choose plants that will stay alive throughout the seasons and are able to handle the cool winters or extra hot summers, depending on where you live.

Decorating your Deck

If your house is a little older then the decking may need a paint job. Of course, before you do this you will need to get permission from your landlord. If your deck is made out of timber then you may be able to get away with a nice light varnish which can easily be done through DIY. You can also get stain for the fencing around the decking area which will instantly add life to your older deck.

If you have a concrete deck area you can still find paint in a number of colors, from browns and tans to greys and pinks, to highlight this space. However, if you are living in any type of complex or apartment complex you may not be able to paint this area whenever you feel like it. Your property manager will be able to give you more information about this.

You may also look into some fun accessories to add to your outdoor deck area such as bright citronella candles, colorful dangling lights and fun tablecloths or place mats for your table. Choose a theme and try to stick with it with your furniture and accessory selection. You may wish to stick to something bold and rustic with timber furniture and dark hues or something earthy with greens and tans or even something beachy with white wicker furniture and blue accessories. These are only some of the ideas you have when looking into outdoor deck ideas and decorations.

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