Simple Outdoor Deck Ideas to Refresh Your Space

As spring and summer quickly approach, many homeowners look at their deck or patio and wonder what they can do to spruce it up. These are great places to gather and entertain, so you want them to feel inviting and put together—it’s always nice to have guests compliment your outdoor space! Check out a few of our simple outdoor deck ideas like applying deck stain and freshening up your outdoor patio décor for some easy ways to get started.

  1. Upgrade Outdoor Patio Décor

When it comes to upgrading or rearranging your patio furniture, there’s so many different ways you can do it depending on your budget and taste. Of course, the accessories, patterns, and ambiance you choose will align with your personal style, but there are a few things you can keep in mind. First, try creating comfortable, soft layers by adding cushions to chairs or rugs to covered areas. Next, consider adding mood lighting like string lights for a warm glow. Or, bring in some decorative plants to set on dining tables or in between seating—a little pop of green never hurt anybody. Lastly, if your patio is less than private, try hanging sheer curtains to block off spaces, or add a partition to section off a particular area. However you choose to do it, refreshing your outdoor patio décor is by far one of the easiest and most budget-friendly options to upgrade your space. 

2. Schedule a Pressure Washing Service

Just like any other exterior home surface like your siding or driveway, we highly encourage you to get your deck or patio professionally pressure washed as well. After time, the surface of your deck may dull or collect grime, and sweeping or vacuuming can only do so much to remedy that. Our team of experts at Labor Panes leverage an advanced cleaning system to dramatically enhance the look of your deck or patio. Our unique solution-based process transforms outdoor living areas gently and safely using the correct water pressure that suits the specific surface. Feel free to use this simple outdoor deck idea by giving us a call to schedule a service. 

3. Apply Fresh Deck Stain

Bringing out the rich colors and textures of your deck or patio’s natural wood can be as simple as applying deck stain. Additionally, fresh stain can help waterproof the surface and protect it from the elements, keeping the wood from warping over time. Although it can be labor intensive to apply stain, it’s fairly economical and can really elevate the look and feel of your outdoor space. Before applying deck stain, be sure to choose a finish that suits the wood you’re working with, and make a note as to what type of stain base you’re using as it could interfere with previous stain work. For example, if your deck was previously stained using a water-based product, you can cover it with oil-based stain. On the other hand, water-based stain cannot be applied on top of oil-based stain. 


Overall, there are plenty of simple outdoor deck ideas that are affordable and easy to do. If you revamp your outdoor patio décor, get it professionally pressure washed, and apply fresh stain, your space may even look brand new. If you’re looking for other ways to freshen up your home for the season, check out our blog for recommendations on spring flower planting, or grab our homeowners’ maintenance checklist for a great tool to reference.


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