Dress up your Deck: Tips for Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space


As the saying goes, ‘April showers bring May flowers’ so now is the perfect time to dress up your deck with seasonal arrangements and summertime décor. As Memorial Day quickly approaches we’ve pulled together five tips to help get your outdoor space cookout ready:

  • Give your deck some TLC – the long winter months can be harsh on wooden decks and outdoor spaces. Before you get to decorating be sure to give your deck a good scrub down – a power washer does the trick! Also, don’t forget to check to see if it’s time for a new coat of sealer – test it out by splashing a bit of water on the boards; if it soaks in leaving a dark spot it’s time to reseal.
  • Identify a theme – similar to any design project, picking the overall look and feel early on will help the space come together more seamlessly. Take a minute to choose a color palate or identify a key piece of furniture you want to base your design around before you begin accessorizing.
  • Bring in the greenery – if you tend to shy away from bold accent colors, flowers are the perfect way to naturally integrate seasonal shades onto your deck. Pick some of your favorite arrangements to place atop side tables or benches.
  • Add an accent piece, or two you don’t always need a complete overhaul to make a space look new. Refresh the look of your space with a couple of standout accent pieces like an antique lantern, weather resistant pillows or mason jar candles.

Do you have any plans to spruce up your outdoor space this season? Share them in the comments below!

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Melissa feels at home writing – in her role as director of public relations and internal communications for ERA Real Estate and as co-editor of Owning the Fence. With more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, she provides a new spin on a variety of topics. If she could live anywhere, she’d pack her bags for Southern Italy in a heartbeat.