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19 delightful decking ideas (to improve any size garden)

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House 2, New Delhi, India: modern  by Morphogenesis, Modern
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Looking to carve yourself a neat little al fresco socialising/dining zone? Even though this year’s warm weather is just about over, there’s no reason why you can’t start thinking about what a well-designed outdoor spot can do for your lifestyle, not to mention your social life. 

Regardless of whether you have a large or small garden or conservatory, and whether it's in the city or the countryside, there are a few staples that can work in any space. One of those is decking. 

Professionals in the industry, such as Gardeners, can tell you the reason that decking is a classic garden addition, which is that natural wood just never goes out of style and always looks phenomenal. Plus, it's not difficult to install!

We don’t need to be reminding anyone about how trendy it is to style up outdoor living spaces. Or how fun it can be to scope out various garden furnishings and outdoor accessories to make your new garden decking come to life.

But since we have these gorgeous photographs detailing beautiful decking ideas, let’s take a look for some extra inspiration, shall we? 

1. A small square of decking makes a perfect patio area and can be installed in hours

Small town garden Modern garden by homify Modern

Small town garden


2. Rooftop gardens finished with beautiful decking remain one of the most contemporary and modern decking ideas

Ipe hardwood decking Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by Greenmans Yard Modern
Greenmans Yard

Ipe hardwood decking

Greenmans Yard

3. Grey decking looks great when complemented by some vibrant potted plants

4. A richly coloured stain on your decking will instantly add bags of style

5. Balconies are ideal for decking as they have crisp edges to work to

Contemporary Home, Bude, Cornwall Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by The Bazeley Partnership Modern
The Bazeley Partnership

Contemporary Home, Bude, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

6. Decking contrasts perfectly with bricks and other stone patio materials

7. In a minimalist setting, warm wooden decking really stands out

Roof Deck / Decking Classic style balcony, veranda & terrace by Unique Landscapes Classic
Unique Landscapes

Roof Deck / Decking

Unique Landscapes

8. Small courtyards look super high-end when they have dark wood decking in place

Basement garden space. Rustic style balcony, veranda & terrace by Greenmans Yard Rustic
Greenmans Yard

Basement garden space.

Greenmans Yard

9. You don't need to add a lot of decking to make a big impression. This small terrace is just darling!

​Highgrove Cabin 40 mm timber 576cm x300 cm. constructed on decking Modern study/office by The Gazebo Company Modern
The Gazebo Company

​Highgrove Cabin 40 mm timber 576cm x300 cm. constructed on decking

The Gazebo Company

10. Ultra dark wood makes for a sophisticated style of decking that's extremely hard to beat

House 2, New Delhi, India: modern  by Morphogenesis, Modern

House 2, New Delhi, India


11. Decking that integrates with your home is something really special, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

​The Sunshine Beach House Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by Shaun Lockyer Architects Modern
Shaun Lockyer Architects

​The Sunshine Beach House

Shaun Lockyer Architects

12. Skinny strip decking adds a Mediterranean feel to a garden, especially when contrasted with white walls

13. When it comes to modern decking ideas, white-washed decking is perfect for joining to an all-white exterior

The Cranford Refurb Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by homify Modern

The Cranford Refurb


14. With wood being so adaptable, decking will complement any other garden material, such as stone

15. A quick and easy way to add some height to your garden, a decked terrace is ideal for al fresco dining

16. Decking can mimic interior design schemes to make your home and garden really cohesive

Rear extension and remodelling in Central Bristol Modern living room by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects Modern
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Rear extension and remodelling in Central Bristol

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

17. You don't have to opt for solid decking! Smaller patches look great when interspersed with stones

Communal Gardens, London Modern garden by Bowles & Wyer Modern
Bowles & Wyer

Communal Gardens, London

Bowles & Wyer

18. Placed next to wooden fencing panels, decking adds to a more organic feeling garden

19. When implemented correctly, your decking ideas can transform narrow spaces into beautifully curated, extra garden areas

Bonus tip 1

Take care not to overcrowd your outdoor deck – you want to focus on the essentials (seating, lighting, etc.) and then add a handful of accessories. Remember: even outdoor spaces can result in a cluttered look. 

Bonus tip 2

A south-facing contemporary family garden Modern garden by Kate Eyre Garden Design Modern
Kate Eyre Garden Design

A south-facing contemporary family garden

Kate Eyre Garden Design

Getting crafty with shapes is what makes contemporary decking stand out from older designs. See how this outdoor deck shines with style via its circular designs coming through strongly in the furnishings, the boma-like / half-wall in the background, etc.

Speaking of outdoor style, let’s take stock of these 8 materials perfect for exterior façades

How would you design/decorate your dream deck?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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