Deck Trends 2021: Inspiration for Your Next Home Improvement Project



2020 was the year we were forced to spend more time indoors, which made many of us realize just how much we missed the great outdoors. It’s no surprise to anyone that outdoor living exploded in the spring and summer months of 2020, with many people indulging in outdoor dining, DIY exterior home improvement projects, and backyard, socially distanced gatherings. In fact, Houzz reported a 178% year-over-year increase in searches for decks, patios, and porches. As we head into the springtime and warmer weather, we can expect outdoor spaces to continue in popularity, and that’s why we’re sharing the biggest deck inspiration and color trends of 2021


Top Predictions for 2021

As the demand for outdoor living spaces continues to surge, the local deck contractors of Rutter Roofing & Exteriors are predicting a busy season. If you’re ready for some deck inspiration, then check out these backyard makeover ideas that will turn your outdated outdoor space into an inviting oasis for all to enjoy. 


Larger Decks

Nowadays, people are looking for extra space to spread out and gather with family and friends at a safe distance. And, with fewer people traveling, more people are enjoying staying home on a “staycation”. Decks are becoming less of just a flat space off the side of a home. Now, they’re being transformed into beautiful outdoor living spaces, with multi-level decks and double-decker decks with a patio underneath.   


Cooking Areas and Entertainment

Outdoor dining was a staple for many restaurants in 2020 and it certainly carried over to family and friends who wanted to plan a socially distant pool party or BBQ. We’re predicting fire pits, fire tables, outdoor media areas, and outdoor kitchens will be huge in 2021 to accommodate the need to entertain in a germ-free and safe environment. 


Creative Designs and Features 

As we saw more people getting into the DIY spirit last year, we predict that creativity will continue with fun deck design elements. Some trends that we expect to be popular in 2021:

  • Unique deck shapes and inlays
  • Breaker boards
  • Privacy walls
  • Green garden spaces
  • Wide planks


As for the most popular deck color trends of 2021? We’re predicting the use of multiple colors, like a two-toned stained deck, as well as natural and neutral colorways for an easy-to-maintain and classic look.


Improved and Updated Lighting

To extend the time you can spend in your new outdoor space, you’re going to need light. Whether you want stair lights or a fixture on your porch ceiling, we’re predicting solar and low-voltage lighting to be the best option to add beauty and functionality to your outdoor oasis. If you’re looking for an easy backyard makeover idea for your current deck, try updating the lighting with new and improved fixtures.


Shaded Structures and Rain Protection

Summers on the east coast can be hot, humid, and unexpectedly rainy. If you don’t have a pool to cool off in, you’re going to be searching for a cool, protected area. A backyard structure like an awning, sun sail, canopy, pergola, pavilion, or arbor will make it possible to enjoy your outdoor space even when the sun is out, or a summer storm is passing through. 


Whether you’re looking to add a deck to your current space or update your home with one of these new deck trends, the professionals at Rutter Roofing & Exteriors are here to help! We are fully insured, licensed, and certified and have the experience and knowledge to help you create and design the outdoor living space of your dreams. Connect with us today to schedule an appointment or receive a free estimate.