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The deck is the outdoor living space of the home. It is a place to gather; to eat, to laugh, to bond, and best of all, to decorate!

We love this time of year here at Dupont Construction and Remodeling. We get the festive feels, just like you. We love to watch the leaves change with the season. We wait impatiently for the first snowflakes to Fall. 

And where is the best place to do all this? Your deck!

Your deck is the first thing people see when they visit your home. And you know the saying; you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

We have compiled a list of our favorite deck decorating ideas. Let’s start with a few for Fall and then move on to Winter. We feel festive already.

Now, let’s get decorating!

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Fall Deck Decorating Ideas

Ahhh, Fall; the season of pumpkin lattes and falling leaves. The colors are muted and warm, and the decor is often harvest-themed.

We want to suggest a few ideas to help you turn your deck or porch into a festive Fall masterpiece. Let’s look at some trendy tips as well as a few more traditional tricks.

Wreaths

Dress up your doorway with a festive wreath. If you are crafty, take some time and make your own. Don’t worry if you’re not. You can always find great Fall wreaths online or at your favorite home store.

If you do decide to make your own, may we suggest a few options for decor:

  • Flowers- We like sunflowers, hydrangeas, and peonies- bonus points for using any of these Fall flowers
  • Maple leaves
  • Corn cobs
  • Cotton
  • Mini pumpkins
  • Fabric
  • Bark 
  • Feathers
  • Tree bark
  • Cornucopias

Check out this excellent list for more ideas.

Pumpkins

Everyone loves a good Jack-o-lantern, but pumpkins can be used for much more than this traditional decoration. 

Kick your decorating game up a notch by painting your pumpkin. Pick one or two colors to paint your pumpkins. Choose pumpkins of different sizes and shapes to create a better overall look.

To personalize your porch, either stencil or free-hand the names of your family on a few of the pumpkins.

Crates and Carts

This one comes with a bit of homework; but don’t worry, it’s fun. Check out your local thrift stores and scour a few garage sales for old bins, crates or carts. 

Once you find a few that you like, place them on your porch or deck. Fill them with flowers, ribbons, and other various decors.

You have so many options, and you are only limited by your imagination.

If you decorate your porch for fall with thought and care, your decor will carry you all the way through fall. Add in a few Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations at the appropriate time.

Check out Pinterest or The Spruce for more ideas. You can find unique holiday ideas to suit your needs.

old christmas wreath at a door

Winter Deck Decorating Ideas

Snow, Snow, Snow

For those of us up North, snow is a fixture of Winter; for better or worse. For much of the country though, snow can only be seen if it is used as a decoration.

Snowflakes are beautiful and timely. Find yourself a few wooden or plastic snowflakes and scatter them throughout your porch or deck.

Add glitter to your other decor to give the illusion of glistening snow. People might not even realize what you have done, but chances are they will appreciate it.

Winter Flowers

Just because the weather has turned colder and the greenery had mostly died off, it doesn’t mean you can’t add some drops of life to your Winter decor.

Find your best Winter or holiday pots and fill them with hearty plants that can survive the dropping temperatures.

Some examples include:

  • Winterberry (llex verticillata)
  • Witch Hazel (Winter Bloom)
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)
  • Christmas Rose (Helleborus)

Try to select a variety of colors to achieve a lush look. Ask the people at your local nursery. They will have suggestions and tips to keep your plants thriving.

Winter Wreaths

As with Fall decor, wreaths can transform your deck or porch in Winter as well.

Make your own, or buy one you love, and turn your front door into the entrance to a Winter Wonderland.

Here are a few ideas for wonderful Winter wreaths:

  • Pine leaves and branches
  • Pinecones
  • Holly
  • Magnolia
  • Linen and burlap
  • Frosted leaves
  • Cardinals
  • Reindeer
  • Wood

The best part about making your own wreath is the versatility it allows. You can always add and take away elements over the years as your tastes change. Let your creativity lead you in new and exciting directions.

christmas tree on wooden porch

Holiday Decorations

Let’s face it, most of us are just counting the days until December so that we can start decorating for Christmas. 

When it comes to Christmas decor, sometimes the traditional ways are the best.

Let’s take a look at some of the classics:

Red

Red is the color of the season; you’ll find it in ribbons, candles, ornaments, garlands, lights, and wreaths. Any way you slice it, you can’t go wrong with red.

String red twinkly lights around your railings and columns.

Use red ribbon to outfit your front and back deck for some holiday cheer. This option is best for areas that have some cover as the elements will cause the fabric to deteriorate slowly. 

Place candles, Christmas ornaments, garlands, and wreaths strategically around your porch or deck. Add some holiday flair to your stairs.

Christmas Trees

You don’t have to save the tree for your living room alone. Decorate your porch or deck with a tree that fits your space. Decorate it minimally with sturdy ornaments that you can handle losing or breaking.

Santa and His Gang

If you have space, pull out all the stops and place Santa and all of his reindeer on display. Throw in Mrs. Claus for that extra holiday feeling. Your deck will become holiday central.

Bring joy to all of your neighbors with the spirit of the season.

These are just a few of the many options you have to transform your deck this holiday season. At Dupont Construction and Remodeling, we wish you a happy Fall and Winter.