With summer in Canada lasting only a few months each year, Canadians want to make the most of their time and enjoy the warm weather in a stylish space.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite design ideas from 2017 that can totally transform your outdoor living space.
One of the biggest trends for 2017 is curves in deck design. Gone are the days where decks are thought of as traditional planks with vertical and horizontal lines. Beautiful architecture is a creation of many elements and combines stunning curves with vibrant boarders to transform a space into a stunning feature.
When creating your outdoor space, it is important to consider the practical design before style. To establish an impressive retreat for friends and family, you will want to pin-point the fundamentals of your project by understanding how you intend to use your outdoor space. Do you want to have an expansive deck to host dinner parties, or are you updating the area for leisure activity around your pool? Digging deeper into the purpose of your project will help you to establish a clear vision of your goals and to do list.
When developing the design for a curved deck, composite decking is a perfect way to achieve the look. It is an easy yet effective technique and creates a completely unique deck. It is an excellent choice as it contributes to the overall flow of your deck by demonstrating a sense of direction.
Composite deck technology allows for curved boarders as the product is able to be molded to any shape the homeowner desires. Home Hardware offers quality composite decking by both Trex Composite and Azek Decking. Each brand offers a hassle free decking product that requires no sanding, no painting, and no staining.
Another advantage of using curved boarders and composite decking is that it adds architectural interest to your design. Horizontal planks alone can appear one-dimension in style. When you are designing your deck, incorporate curved boarders around pools, seating areas, bars, walkways and staircases.
In 2017, home owners are embracing colour and this is cropping up in their outdoor living spaces. With an endless array of colours, it is possible to accent the colours of the house, geographical location and individual tastes.
When selecting colours for your outdoor deck project, it is important to develop a colour scheme that achieves the overall tone you are trying to achieve. Two of the most popular schemes for 2017 are complimentary and monochromatic.
If you choose to go with a complimentary colour scheme, the first step is selecting a primary colour for your project and matching it with an opposite hue on the colour wheel. Common choices for complimentary schemes include: blue and orange, purple and yellow and red and green. Remember that your selection does not have to be vibrant as muted tones work well within the complimentary colour wheel. You can also mix and match muted tones with vibrant hues for design complexity.
On things to consider when selecting your colour palette is balance. It is not necessary to have equal weighted amounts of colour. If your deck is a blue-grey and orange is the complimentary choice, you can infuse orange in limited amounts through curved boarders, decorative accents or furniture. This will add an element of surprise to your design and will prevent the colours from being overpowering.
Should you chose the monochromatic scheme for your deck, you would begin with a colour of choice and follow up by selecting two to three similar shades, tones, and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white, and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour, grey or black. You can infuse these colours into your design though stylized pieces including railings, deck boarders, accents, or furniture arrangements.
Mixing similar colours in your design is a technique that keeps your outdoor space modern and clean. It is also useful in creating a rejuvenating environment.
The last thing any homeowner wants is to invest money into a project that is not going to stand the test of time. To make a lasting impression, start with a solid structure to support your project for years to come. It is important to choose quality products to ensure that your process of deck building is easy and ensures that you spend less on your deck in the coming years.
Composite decking for simple maintenance
Composite decking has become increasingly popular because of the longevity and sophistication it offers many homeowners. Consumers are increasingly investing in materials that are longer-lasting and beautiful in appearance.
Home Hardware carries both Trex Composite and Azek Decking. The advantage in investing in composite decking, and why it is a trend this year is that it is virtually maintenance free. It will last a long time and will not deteriorate. It also requires no stains or sealants and is resistant to moisture, insects and sunlight which makes it ideal for homeowners with limited time for maintenance.
Trex Composite is a brand most consumers would recognize and comes in premium tropical colours and rich classic earth tones. Carried by Home Hardware, Trex Composite is also a top quality product that comes with a 25 year warranty so homeowners can feel confident in their purchase.
Quality lumber for price
Since decks are predominately exposed to Canada’s four seasons, they are prone to the wear and tear of Mother Nature’s weather. Wooden decks may be less expensive to purchase initially, but tend to age from exposure to moisture and sun when compared to composite decking.
In choosing lumber, it is important to be mindful of quality.
Before you begin drafting your design, it is a good idea to consider what colours you presently have in your home as a foundation for your choices outdoors. In pulling inspiration from the colours you have indoors, you are extending the consistency of your design outdoors. This is helpful because it contributes to the harmony and consistency of your design and helps establish your deck as an extension of your living space.
Decks are not just functional in the minds of home owners. With the increasing popularity of the ‘stay-cation’, it has become more important to create an outdoor living space that is both practical and beautiful.
A unique way that home owners can achieve this melding their indoor and outdoor décor is with colours that are reflected outside. 2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary and Beauti-tone paint, a division of Home Hardware Stores Limited, has partnered with the National Parks of Canada to launch a Colour Collection that reflect Canada’s pristine beauty for both indoors and outdoors.
You can paint these beautiful colours both indoors and outdoors to achieve a beautiful, consistent and welcoming living space.