Decks are fantastic spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes, but they are often most popularly used as an area for relaxing or entertaining, or both.

With the ability to transform a boring, unfunctional space in a garden, into a cosy, welcoming and alluring area to enjoy being outside in, decking can be a great addition to any home.

However, once the deck is in place, it’s up to you, the homeowner, to turn it into whatever you want it to be, and there are many ways to do this.

For example, you can brighten up your decking with artificial plants, hang up strings of fairy lights, and buy some comfortable furniture and attractive accessories.

For these ideas and more, here’s how to make your decking a more inviting space:

Put up a pergola

If you want to turn your bland deck into a welcoming room that you can use outdoors in fine weather, a pergola is just the ticket.

Providing partial shade and a solid structure with which to trail plants up or hang fairy lights from, they are relatively inexpensive, but highly effective.

Re-stain it

As well as helping your decking look great, re-staining or painting it also protects it from water damage, mold and rot, just be sure to sand and clean the surface before applying any stains or paint, and always wait for a minimum of 48 hours to let it dry fully.

Add some colourful accents

You can really go to town with decorating your deck, and choose a colour scheme and accessories that reflect your personality, or match the style of your home.

Add some stylish outdoor furniture

To really enjoy your deck, you need to be able to sit comfortably on it, particularly if you’re entertaining or enjoying a romantic lunch or evening with your loved one. From chat sets that are lower to the ground, to bar-height stools or even outdoor armchairs, choose seating that matches your needs and arrange it as you wish on the deck.

Set up a screen

Whether you don’t enjoy the view from your deck, or you want to be away from the prying eyes of neighbours, a privacy screen can fulfil your needs perfectly.

With plenty to choose from, you can opt for wooden fencing-style screens and trail plants along them, or even use a selection of taller artificial plants and trees to give yourself some green cover as needed.

‘grow’ artificial plants

The beauty of artificial plants, of course, is that you don’t need to grow them and they will never wilt and die when you forget to water them.

With so many realistic options available when it comes to artificial decking plants, you can choose from potted or hanging plants and flowers to trees and shrubs that look just like the real thing.

Set up some outdoor lighting

Decks are perfect for use on warm summer evenings, but once the sun goes down, you need to make sure your deck can be used safely without any trip or fall hazards.

One thing you can do to help prevent accidents from happening is to use contrasting colours of paint and solar powered lights to guide your path.

Making your decking a more inviting space is easy with the suggestions above, and while you can spend a lot on decking it out (pun intended!), there are plenty of attractive budget options, too.