Explore our beautiful decking ideas to inspire your next garden project.
Whether you have a country garden, small garden in town or compact terrace, you’ll want to get the most from your garden decking, so let us help you transform it into a practical and stylish spot for entertaining, dining, or simply relaxing.
You needn’t be restricted to the warmer months either, as the right choice of covering on your garden decking will ensure continued usage long after the summer months have passed.
If you’re looking to carve out a zone for alfresco dining, a well-designed and covered decking space can offer an all-year-round option, while terracotta tiles can instantly lend a Mediterranean feel. Alternatively, statement outdoor furniture coupled with cushions and throws will make your outdoor area as comfortable, and as personalised as your living room.
When it comes to garden decking there’s a wealth of options to suit your lifestyle, budget and taste. You could opt for attractive wood stains, create imaginative patterns or go eco-friendly with plastic and wood waste blends.
Think about the lines of your garden, the space you’ll need to make your decking or patio a truly useful addition to your garden and how you’re going to lay it – it’s possible to do so yourself.
Whatever you choose, don’t forget to complete the effect with dramatic lighting touches for the perfect decked garden space.
A combination of painted garden decking, slatted trellising and poured concrete creates an interesting textural effect in this town garden, that is unified by the use of the same pale paint throughout and a table that echoes its surroundings. To replicate the look, be sure to work with a professional designer from the outset.
Climbing plants grown all around a designated entertainment space create an outdoor eating area for all year round. Training the climbers to grow in an oval shape has created a window on to the rest of the garden.
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We love this alfresco garden dining area, complete with shaded low-level seating. Scatter cushions and lanterns give it a warm, cosy feel.
Build decked platforms at different heights to clearly mark the lounging and eating areas in your garden.
Create eye-catching patterns by laying individual decking tiles at opposite angles.
A restful seating area has been created on this patio with casual garden furniture, a smart parasol and a pretty floral tablecloth.
A sheltered alfresco dining area is great for year-round entertaining. The addition of plenty of cushions on wooden benches creates a relaxed and informal feel for your garden.
The terracotta tiles on this sunny roof terrace garden give it a distinctive Spanish feel and the smart metal outdoor furniture keeps it feeling up to date.
Update metal garden furniture each summer with a fresh lick of outdoor paint. The lattice style of these chairs is a classic look for a traditional country garden.
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Soften the hard edges of your decking with an abundance of pretty flowers and herbs that creep right up to the door. Floating steps made out of the same material create continuity between the two levels and add a note of fun by bridging the water feature below.
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A secluded garden terrace makes a lovely spot for alfresco dining, while a large wooden table and chairs provides plenty of seating for family and guests.
Wooden decking is paired with wirework chairs for a modern and minimalist look for the garden that is easy on the eye.
Find a sun trap in your garden and place two large sun loungers side by side for a relaxing spot.
Bin the conventional stone pathway and go for modern decking instead for a sleek finish.
The dining room leads out on to a patio paved with granite flagstones, where there’s enough room for a garden table and chairs. The patio doors pull back to make inside and out one big space, ideal for entertaining, plus it provides a fantastic spot for late afternoon drinks.
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Get an ultra-modern look for your garden by mixing wooden decking with concrete and natural stone.
Turn your deck into an outdoor living space with garden furniture, deck chairs, potted plants and bunting.
Don’t stick to the norm, create a circular decked platform for the perfect alfresco dining area for your garden.
Take a lead from the interior trend for dark wooden floors and treat your decked area with a rich brown or striking black wood stain.
Environmentally-friendly decking will give you more reasons to enjoy your garden this summer. Ecodek’s composite decking is made up of 60% wood waste and 40% high density polyethylene – in other words: milk bottles!
Decking lights are a great way to add a dramatic touch to your garden and create atmosphere when dining outside.
For a classic look, surround decking with raised beds to create an alfresco dining area – wooden boards are a more garden-friendly option than stone or concrete because they allow water to run through to the soil. Emphasise the length of your garden with narrow boards running end to end.
Use your decking as way of introducing another colour element into your garden scheme. There are plenty of products that can be used to stain wood, such as Ultra Tough Decking Stain from Cuprinol, shown here. Think about how the colour you choose will work with the rest of your garden ? here, the stain is echoed in the fencing, wall and furniture, to tie the whole look together.
Make a visual feature out of decking as well as a practical one and mix boards of varying widths and styles to create a unique design. Learn how to install your own at one of B&Q’s DIY classes; you can gain hands-on practice together with advice on planning and design. To view the full range of classes or to book online, visit diy.com/youcandoitclasses or call 0845 600 5428.
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Add interest to a decked area by replacing classic wooden boards with
attractive tiles such as these bamboo ones, which give the impression of
a blanket spread next to the greenery. Planting begins right next to the edge of the decking to create a relaxed, open look.
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Decking does not necessarily have to be attached to the house. Buy a freestanding kit such as this one, and create a secluded, multi-functional area at the bottom of your garden. The inclusion of a pergola will give your garden structure and another focal point, while providing practical support for climbing plants and an attractive canopy to sit under when the plants are in flower.