How do I get the most out of decking?—6 ways with wood

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Sipping a cold lemonade, browse through a few magazines and listening to the latest summer songs… The perfect thing to do on your own balcony! Terraces are the ultimate retreat, especially when the thermometer threatens to burst again. Here we feel immediately at home, kick off our shoes and prefer to spend the whole day barefoot. Therefore, the right flooring is, of course, even more important! Wood is not only optically a good choice, but also much warmer than stone -for when we don’t want to risk cold feet! So here’s 8 spectacular ways to make the most of your decking at home!

Decking on the balcony

First of all, it’s crucial, for the flooring of a terrace, that it fits into the surrounding environment; in terms of style. An environment like this is (albeit a seldom achieved one), is perfect for decking; natural tones from the wood and water beyond.

Patio lighting

A rugged, weather-resistant flooring is the one you really want… but the right  garden lighting is equally as important. Think about how you want to illuminate your terrace: low or high level lighting, flood or localised, sensor triggered or manual… the list goes on. 

Combining types of wood

London Bridge, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

London Bridge, London

Urban Roof Gardens

Get bored of having running themes and materials? Why not have a good variety? Not only can you separate your areas through the surface meetings but you can also create a nice visual effect in the same way. But beware: combining unsimilar painted wooden planks with each other, is only recommended when you have a large terrace!

Flowing flooring

The wooden floor inside has been continued in the outdoor area here, making the apartment feel much bigger and the whole place much more harmonious. Due to the sliding door and the curtains one doesn't notice particular disruption between inside and outside. 

Mix is styles

Since wood always has a certain, rugged charm, the floor gives this house the finishing touch. It’s this break in style aiding to the otherwise very clean architectural work—especially since you perceive the terrace through the floor to ceiling windows throughout the living area.

Experiment with new forms

Southbank, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

Southbank, London

Urban Roof Gardens

The fact that the patio does not have to always follow only rectilinear shapes, proves this exciting project in London a good'un. While coarse boulders were used as decorative elements, the round wooden plate serves as a fitting overlay. A great finish, don’t you think. 

Want some more terrace ideas? Take a look here or here

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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