19 delightful decking ideas (to improve any size garden)

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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 homify Modern garden
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Small town garden

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

Ipe hardwood decking Greenmans Yard Modern balcony, veranda & terrace
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 The Bazeley Partnership Modern balcony, veranda & terrace
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 Unique Landscapes Classic style balcony, veranda & terrace
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. Greenmans Yard Rustic style balcony, veranda & terrace
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 The Gazebo Company Modern study/office
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

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House 2, New Delhi, India

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

​The Sunshine Beach House Shaun Lockyer Architects Modern balcony, veranda & terrace
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 homify Modern balcony, veranda & terrace
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The Cranford Refurb

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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 Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects Modern living room
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 Bowles & Wyer Modern garden
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 Kate Eyre Garden Design Modern garden
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.

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How would you design/decorate your dream deck?

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