4 Deck Trends for 2020

December 16, 2019 By

The new year is almost upon us! We love looking ahead to the new year and thinking about what the latest and greatest trends might be for our industry. We’ve seen some interesting trends in our 22 years of experience! Here’s what we’re predicting for 2020.

Color: While cool, muted grays and traditional browns continue to be popular, homeowners are increasingly interested in emphasizing their personal style. This might mean using wood that has heavy variegation, like tigerwood, or mixing woods to create a two-tone look. Consider using picture-framing and breaker boards with different colors, such as a dark brown and a lighter, honey-brown. Take into account the natural weathering that the wood will undergo if you don’t treat it. For example, ipe turns a beautiful silvery grey with age, which would look great accented with the deep reddish brown of massaranduba – just make sure to treat the massaranduba to maintain its color.

Original designs: Homeowners don’t want their new deck to look like every other deck on the block. Customize it with original touches that speak to the homeowners’ aesthetics. Consider deck configurations that include picture framing, custom inlays, or unique skirting. Homeowners are also more and more interested in extending their personal style to their outdoor areas so all areas of their home have the same look. Lovers of modern interior design will likely want a modern looking deck, for instance. Additionally, extra touches like water features, firepits, or pergolas are often considered an important way to express a particular style.

Cable railings: Cable railings continue to be popular, as they’re a great, low-maintenance option that provide clear, unobstructed views. They also provide a sleek, modern look to a deck. We love CityPost’s easy-to-install deck railing system and stair cable railings.

Ambiance: What good is a beautiful, original design without the proper ambiance? Lighting is just as important in outside spaces as it is inside. Lighting creates a mood for an outdoor area and makes the space enjoyable, relaxing, and cozy. Consider light placement as you design a deck. Lighting elements should have a seamless look in order to provide the deck with style and function. Consider spotlights to illuminate a focal point, like a plant or statue. Steplights are installed on walls besides steps or directly on the vertical face of the step. Garden lights, which can purchased in a variety of shapes and designs, are a great way to illuminate garden paths or special plants. String lights, hung on structures or on plants, are a beautiful, subtle way to add ambiance.

No matter what trends emerge next year, choosing Hardwood Decking Supply’s durable, low-maintenance hardwoods is a great way to ensure that your new deck will be the talk of the neighborhood. Happy 2020!


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