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The definitive guide to decking ideas for a small garden

The definitive guide to decking ideas for a small garden

Friday, July 22, 2016
So you’re considering about adding some decking into your outdoor space but there’s more outdoor than space and every corner is as precious as gold. We’ve put together a definitive guide to decking ideas with a small garden in mind, with the aim of helping you utilise your garden and the key things to focus on when tailoring your outdoor space to your personality and lifestyle. The key areas covered in this guide are as follows - deck railing, creating space, clever planting, choosing a colour scheme, seating area, accessorising, creative lighting and DIY garden projects. 

 

1. To rail or not to rail

Putting together plans for your decking, it’s important to consider whether you want to include railing or not. This is completely optional and all depends on how much space you’ve got to play around with and whether you’re looking to create designated areas in your garden or looking to keep it all as one open space.
If your decking will be taking up most of your garden then railings can actually make your outdoor space seem smaller, however if you have space for a mix of decking and garden then railing can be an effective way of creating a partition for a designated dining area for example. If you’re after a truly contemporary feel to your outdoor space, then curved decking along with no railings is ideal.
Take a look at some of the links below for information on different types of deck railing and some current decking trends.

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2. Creating space with your decking

Once you’ve chosen your desired area of decking, you then need to think about how you can create space for your small garden. The main aspects to consider for your plans are whether to include decking steps or raised decking and whether you’d prefer straight or curved decking. It’s also important to consider how you want to define certain zones as this will also help in creating space.
When it comes to creating space, decking steps and raised decking is perfect for adding height. This is particularly relevant if you’re looking to lead your decking area into your garden. Adding some height will make your outdoor space aesthetically pleasing with different eye levels, create interest and could also create under-deck space, perfect for storage.
In regards to shaped decking, straight panels are much easier to install but curved decking is considered more contemporary and more relaxing to the eye. Curved decking can also be great for designating a spot for the grill or a fire pit. Need some more decking ideas around creating space and enhancing your outdoor space? Take a look at the links below.

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3. Clever planting for your decking

Now you have your decking plans (or atleast made a start on them) you’ll want to start blending your decking area into your garden by using clever planting methods, or maybe the decking is your garden and that’s no problem either. Start by incorporating pots and containers on your decking, which will mean that you can change them and move them around as often as you like, without too much hassle... perfect for a busy lifestyle! This will also allow your small outdoor space to have variety and incorporate some natural colour. Box hedging plants are great for a minimalist appearance and great for acting as partitions. By focusing on light green, grey and silver foliage colours will also create the illusion of a bigger space.
For some further reading on clever planting for your small garden, take a look at some of the links below.

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4. Choosing a colour scheme

This is probably the most under-estimated yet the most effective way of making an impact in your outdoor space. Having a colour scheme will instantly add some character, which can be found in the decking itself or with the plant, seating and accessory choices you make.
The first and best place to start is noticing whether your garden receives mostly shade or sun. For example, if your garden is mostly shaded then you’ll want to steer clear of the cooler spectrum such as blues and purples and instead opt for warmer colours like oranges, reds and yellows. You should then think about which colours will complement your decking, for example citrus colours work really well for darker decking and darker colours like purple and navy work best for lighter decking. From then onwards it’s mostly down to your personality and whether you want to choose clashing colours which will complement each other, or keep your colour scheme simple with greens and neutrals but choosing an accent colour for added interest.
The below links provide some further reading for adding colour to your garden.

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5. Defining your seating area

To make the most of your decking you’ll need to choose seating which is both creative and practical. Think of your decking area as an outdoor room and consider what you’ll be using your space for. Are you someone who wants a relaxing space where you can read, someone who wants to grasp the morning sun whilst having a quick breakfast al fresco, or are you someone who will be regularly entertaining and therefore need a variety of seating options?
With having a small garden, you simply can’t wrong with choosing a simple table and chairs option that you can store away easily and move around as often as you like. There’s also sofa-style seating which will turn your small outdoor space into a sociable hub for entertaining, as well as many other seating options. It’s all down to your lifestyle really, so take a look at some further reading in the links below and discover the best seating options for you.

 

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6. Accessorise your decking

When it comes to decking trends and home improvement, the simplest way of creating character in your garden and making your outdoor space more inviting is by accessorising. Bold pick-me-ups are an instant winner for creating a tropical feel, whilst cooler blue tones can be great for introducing a nautical vibe.
If you want to keep things simple then focus on colourful rugs, bright cushions and outdoor blankets for your seating area for an effortless update. If you’re feeling creative then you can take your colour scheme to your plant containers and outdoor furniture, as previously mentioned, as well as making your own accessories to add a personal touch.
Take a look at the links below for some inspiration and ways to improve your deck.

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7. Decorate with creative lighting

Looking to light up your decking area or garden on a summer’s evening? Whether it’s lighting within your decking or lighting around your decking, set the perfect mood for your outdoor space. For a sleek and minimalist option, deck lighting is great for adding ambience and making your space feel bigger. Although you’re working with a smaller space, you can still be as creative as you want which is where fairy lights come in. Fairy lights are a simple and versatile way to lighting up your outdoor space and can be decorated on trees, plants, fencing or even your deck railing. Lanterns are the new fairy lights so there’s also that to consider as well. There’s also solar lighting to consider, being the more cost-effective and environmentally friendly option.
Check out the links below where you’ll find tips and ideas on how to decorate your outdoor space with lighting.

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8. DIY garden projects

Give your outdoor space some character and let your personality shine by creating a DIY garden piece (or two) for your decking. Whether it’s an outside bar for entertaining your friends, bird features for attracting wildlife, creative seating, walkways or unique plant pots and decorations, DIY garden projects can be fun to do when given the patience. The beauty of DIY is that you can tailor the project to your own needs and even consider up cycling some old indoor items to save some costs.
Below is a list of some great DIY articles providing inspiration and tutorials for various garden projects.

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