Deck decorating ideas: the latest looks to embrace this summer

These deck decorating ideas mean an easy update without too much effort. Chances are, if you’re sat out on your deck, you’re having a lovely time. Taking a moment of calm outside with a coffee amidst the morning rush, sharing dinner with friends in the sunshine, or huddling round a fire pit, our decks are the reserve of good vibes only please. And with that, comes our desire to decorate them accordingly.  

The best deck ideas will greatly depend on your specific space – where it’s located in relation to your house and the sun, how you use it and how you want it to look. If you want a party space, for example, prioritize fitting in plenty of seating and room for the best grill, but if you want a quiet sanctuary to relax, make plants and flowers and comfy furniture the priority. 

1. Create ambiance with festoon lights 

decked area at night with festoon lights

(Image credit: Neptune)

If your decked area gets a little lack lustre once the sun’s gone down, add in some twinkly fun with outdoor lighting. Whether you string up festoon lights onto a structure as shown here, or you simply drape them across bushes or trees, festoon lights bring instant whimsy and joy for a mystical evening on your deck.

2. Curate clear zones on your decked area

decking with three clear zones including a tiki bar

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

If you’re lucky enough to have a large decked area, or maybe your whole garden is decking, it’s important to zone your space so that each individual area has it’s own clear purpose. In the above image, a Tiki bar from John Lewis & Partners designates the party area, the dining set offers a relaxed entertaining space closest to the house, while layered up outdoor rugs and pouffes create a chilled-out space for laying in the sun or playing with the kids.