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Deck-spo (Decking – Inspiration)

Are you ready for some ‘Deck-spo’? That’s decking inspiration if you didn’t know! Just because it’s only decking, doesn’t mean that you can’t make it look exciting! You can use decking to turn an otherwise dull and non-functioning area into something more exciting in an instant!


Outdoor bar

If your decking has little use during summer, and you think it could make more of a splash, transform it into an outdoor bar for a show-stopper at your next party! If you extended your decking area from somewhere that has a large window area, you can choose to design your decking area around it. Extend from the external wall, and open up the windows to use as your bar service area! Or, add extra shelving units to serve as a bar area. 


Outside lounge area

An outside lounge area is more than achievable with a well-designed decking area, good lighting and good furniture. Use the furniture to make an impact and create a relaxation area outdoors. If you’re wanting to use high-quality wooden furniture, you will need to protect it from the elements with a product like Timberex Timberguard, to treat the timber. It’ll keep it looking fresh and slow down the damaging effects of UV so it looks good all year round! Remember, the winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sunshine.


Log cabin charm

If you use the right kind of timber, or already have a log cabin or ‘cottagey’ feel, a decking area can add to the charm as a porch or patio area. In these cases, it may be your best bet to show off the natural beauty of the wood, as well as protecting it. We suggest Jotun Demidekk Decking and Garden Stain, as the translucent wood stain can give you just a hint of colour and up to 3 years protection with just one coat! If you want to enjoy the sights from your decking in winter too, you want to make sure it can battle through the elements, Jotun helps to repel water so you don’t have to deal with problems like fungi and algae growth.


Extend indoors

With clever decking, you can create an ‘outdoors/indoors’ area, which gives the illusion of extra space. If you have large outward-facing glass patio doors, if your decking is level with this, it’ll make the whole room feel bigger. You’ll be able to walk directly from the room onto the decking, use it as an extension of the existing room. It’ll be perfect for parties and summer events where you need to run between the kitchen and outdoors! Add some anti-slip decking strips to the decking, to ensure there are no nasty accidents at your next get together, especially if there is wet weather!

Need more ideas? Speak to the team at Rawlins Paints!

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