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Decking Patterns - Choose the Right One for You

There’s far more to an attractive decking area than just choosing the right material – you need to choose the right decking pattern and features to make sure that it suits your home and your style. Features like decorative patterns and balustrading make your decking far more interesting and can even help you define seating areas or plants if they’re incorporated into your deck too.

Take a look at the decking patterns below to see a few of your options. Naturally, the standard patterns such as horizontal, vertical, and diagonal decking are far faster and easier to lay – if you’re a DIY novice or have some serious time constraints, these are probably the best options. If you’d like to add some detailing but don’t want to go through the more time-consuming process of a herringbone pattern or insert (for example), you can add a picture frame around the edges to make it a bit more interesting.

If you want to wow your guests and really take pride in your decking area, you might want to try something a bit more decorative, including patchwork or parquet patterns, or even a herringbone or basketweave. These definitely involve more planning and time, and you may require more materials than you would if you just laid a standard horizontal or vertical deck. If you’re installing timber decking, you can even stain the wood in different colours to highlight the pattern and add some more flair to your project.

Finally, you can decide on the finishing touches – balustrading is perfect for areas where you’d like to create a shelf for drinks or if it’s a raised deck (especially if you have children in the household). Your outdoor entertainment area can be used throughout the year, from summer BBQs to enjoying a hot drink and looking at the snow in winter. Take a look at our decking supplies to place your order today.