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19 delightful decking ideas (to improve any size garden)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
House 2, New Delhi, India:   by Morphogenesis
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Regardless of whether you have a large or small garden, 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 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!

If you've been considering adding decking to your gardening master plan, take a look at these amazing styles and see which would suit your space that best, then start measuring…

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

2. Rooftop gardens look amazingly contemporary and cool when finished with decking

Ipe hardwood decking:  Terrace by Greenmans Yard
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:  Terrace by The Bazeley Partnership
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:  Terrace by Unique Landscapes
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.:  Terrace by Greenmans Yard
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 :  Study/office by The Gazebo Company
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:  Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Morphogenesis

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:  Terrace by Shaun Lockyer Architects
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. White-washed decking is perfect for joining to an all-white exterior

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:  Living room by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects
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:  Garden by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

Communal Gardens, London

Bowles & Wyer

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

19. Decking can transform narrow spaces into beautifully curated, extra garden areas

For more stunning outdoor inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 19 Garden Features Your Neighbours Will Ask You About.

Would decking look great in your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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