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Composite Decking Design Ideas – Our Top 14 ideas & applications to inspire your garden composite decking project.

It’s been a busy summer for all of us here at NeoTimber® (and a busy summer for all of our customers too, it seems)! We’ve loved seeing you all spending time renovating your outdoor spaces and bringing your decking projects to life. As a result, we thought it would be a bright idea to highlight some of our favourite 2020 installs, with a few of this year’s top trending composite decking design ideas thrown in too.

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Garden composite decking is a great way to add texture, character and structure to your outdoors. It can be used to maximise a compact space; or create a new considered layout in an oddly shaped garden. With little upkeep and attention necessary, garden composite decking can be used to transform previously unloved corners of your garden, adding excitement and intrigue to any outdoor setting (without the hassle).

1. Bring Your Indoors Out

Perhaps the biggest outdoor living trend of recent years: extending your indoors-out.

More of us are learning to embrace our outdoor spaces, retreating to the patio as an extension of the dining room. This area lends itself perfectly to garden composite decking and promises to not only transform your patio space but also to transform the way you live – becoming the go-to spot to enjoy an afternoon tipple, lunchtime picnics, or evenings alfresco!

We love how @zebra_interiors has seamlessly extended her indoors out using our NeoTimber® Deluxe grey decking range!

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2. Install A Hot Tub

Why not elevate your garden composite decking project one level up and use the space to install a hot tub? Our composite boards partner a hot tub perfectly! Hot tubs can either be sunk into your decking project or stood on top (if you choose to stand your hot tub on top, make sure you go for a solid deck board)! We believe the most impressive installs perimeter their hot tub with their garden composite decking (top tip – this also saves costs)!

3. Add A Pergola

Pergola’s not only act as a decorative feature, adding a new sense of style to any outdoor space, but they also fulfil a purpose. Pergola’s are one way to make sure your garden composite decking area is used all year round. Come rain or shine, installing a pergola to roof your decking project will ensure you make the most out of your outdoor space no matter the season.

Take inspiration from how this customer has used her pergola to improve her outdoor space.

4. Feature A Fire Pit

Fire pits are another great way to transform the way we use our garden composite decking spaces. They have transformed the way we entertain guests – we are now able to stay outdoors for longer, enjoying an evening spent under the stars, kept warm by the heat from the accompanying fire.

We love how this customer has made a real feature out of their fire pit.

5. Let There Be Light

Good lighting is key to achieving the right ambience and setting the tone. There are a number of different options when it comes to outdoor lighting, your decision to go with one over the other will very much depend on the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Decking lights are just one of the ways in which you can illuminate your outdoors. The spotlights generate mood and intrigue, bringing life and radiance to your garden environment. Adding lighting to your project will also allow you to enjoy your garden composite decking space long into the night.

1. Bring Your Indoors Out

Perhaps the biggest outdoor living trend of recent years: extending your indoors-out.

More of us are learning to embrace our outdoor spaces, retreating to the patio as an extension of the dining room. This area lends itself perfectly to garden composite decking and promises to not only transform your patio space but also to transform the way you live – becoming the go-to spot to enjoy an afternoon tipple, lunchtime picnics, or evenings alfresco!

We love how @zebra_interiors has seamlessly extended her indoors out using our NeoTimber® Deluxe grey decking range!

2. Install A Hot Tub

Why not elevate your garden composite decking project one level up and use the space to install a hot tub? Our composite boards partner a hot tub perfectly! Hot tubs can either be sunk into your decking project or stood on top (if you choose to stand your hot tub on top, make sure you go for a solid deck board)! We believe the most impressive installs perimeter their hot tub with their garden composite decking (top tip – this also saves costs)!

garden composite decking

3. Add A Pergola

Pergola’s not only act as a decorative feature, adding a new sense of style to any outdoor space, but they also fulfil a purpose. Pergola’s are one way to make sure your garden composite decking area is used all year round. Come rain or shine, installing a pergola to roof your decking project will ensure you make the most out of your outdoor space no matter the season.

Take inspiration from how this customer has used her pergola to improve her outdoor space.

4. Feature A Fire Pit

Fire pits are another great way to transform the way we use our garden composite decking spaces. They have transformed the way we entertain guests – we are now able to stay outdoors for longer, enjoying an evening spent under the stars, kept warm by the heat from the accompanying fire.

We love how this customer has made a real feature out of their fire pit.

5. Let There Be Light

Good lighting is key to achieving the right ambience and setting the tone. There are a number of different options when it comes to outdoor lighting, your decision to go with one over the other will very much depend on the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Decking lights are just one of the ways in which you can illuminate your outdoors. The spotlights generate mood and intrigue, bringing life and radiance to your garden environment. Adding lighting to your project will also allow you to enjoy your garden composite decking space long into the night.

6. Get Planting

Transform your outdoors into an urban sanctuary with the use of potted plants, hanging baskets, and shrubbery. Not only do plants generally liven up our gardens, adding colours, textures and smells to an otherwise stark landscape, but by adding plants to your garden you’re also helping eco-systems to thrive (a bonus)! Plants add depth to your outdoors, they can be used to create borders around your large grassy expanses and also to section off more quiet and intimate areas of your garden setting. Build up from your shrubbery layer to your canopy layer to create a privacy shield around your garden composite decking.

7. Raise It Up

Do you become stuck when it comes to garden design? Perhaps your garden is on a slope or an awkward shape? Maybe it’s the opposite, flat and one dimensional? Building a raised deck out of your garden composite decking promises to add a new dimension to your outdoor space. Inputting levels is the best way to maximise the space you have. Decking steps will interlink your levels; and balustrades are the perfect finishing touch.

8. Experiment With Laying Patterns

Why not experiment with laying patterns to create something completely stand-out with your garden composite decking? Consider your existing layout in your outdoor setting and how to make the most out of it. Our list of recommended design ideas are certain to add more excitement and interest to your project. Take the project here for example – this customer has incorporated a curve to keep the majority of their grassy area, whilst also making use out of a previously unused corner.

9. Outdoor Rooms

Another major trend to emerge this year is outdoor rooms. With more and more of us now working from home; or having to adapt to the way we live due to the current situation, outdoor rooms are becoming increasingly popular to house “work-from-home” offices or even at-home gyms. Garden composite decking frames up an outdoor room nicely, see the example here for reference where this customer has used our NeoTimber® Deluxe grey board to contrast the timber clad structure.

10. Mix Textures & Materials

Garden composite decking acts as a beautiful contrast against other materials such as porcelain or stone tiling. Combining textures adds variety and substance to your outdoor space, bringing a new dimension to your outdoors.

We love how @bluedaisyuk have used our Classic grey deck board to contrast the clean lines of the porcelain tiles.

11. Create An Outdoor Cinema

Over lockdown we’ve seen many of you get creative with your outdoor spaces. Our favourite has to be the outdoor cinema! Create the perfect movie theatre hideaway with your garden composite decking – the perfect spot to keep the little ones entertained (for a short while) or to enjoy a cosy stay-at-home date night.

12. Make A Bench

To finish off your garden composite decking project, why not see what else you can come up with from your off-cuts. In the past, customers have made benches, gates and even seats, we’d love to see you give it a try… (tag @neotimber and use #liketimberbutbetter).

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13. Section Off With Balustrades

Section off your garden composite decking with a balustrade for a more private and secluded area. Balustrades help to section off areas of your garden which you want to keep separate from the rest of your outdoor space. They perimeter your garden composite decking not only adding a stylish touch but also providing a safety net, ensuring a safer leisure environment to be enjoyed by the entire family.

14. Dine Alfresco

Garden composite decking projects lend themselves perfectly for outdoor entertainment, particularly our capped ranges of composite decking which come with an easy clean finish, providing added protection against accidental spillages. So sit back and enjoy an evening on deck in style – dine with loved ones and embrace the outdoor air without the worry of dropped food or spilt wine!

6. Get Planting

Transform your outdoors into an urban sanctuary with the use of potted plants, hanging baskets, and shrubbery. Not only do plants generally liven up our gardens, adding colours, textures and smells to an otherwise stark landscape, but by adding plants to your garden you’re also helping eco-systems to thrive (a bonus)! Plants add depth to your outdoors, they can be used to create borders around your large grassy expanses and also to section off more quiet and intimate areas of your garden setting. Build up from your shrubbery layer to your canopy layer to create a privacy shield around your garden composite decking.

7. Raise It Up

Do you become stuck when it comes to garden design? Perhaps your garden is on a slope or an awkward shape? Maybe it’s the opposite, flat and one dimensional? Building a raised deck out of your garden composite decking promises to add a new dimension to your outdoor space. Inputting levels is the best way to maximise the space you have. Decking steps will interlink your levels; and balustrades are the perfect finishing touch.

8. Experiment With Laying Patterns

Why not experiment with laying patterns to create something completely stand-out with your garden composite decking? Consider your existing layout in your outdoor setting and how to make the most out of it. Our list of recommended design ideas are certain to add more excitement and interest to your project. Take the project here for example – this customer has incorporated a curve to keep the majority of their grassy area, whilst also making use out of a previously unused corner.

9. Outdoor Rooms

Another major trend to emerge this year is outdoor rooms. With more and more of us now working from home; or having to adapt to the way we live due to the current situation, outdoor rooms are becoming increasingly popular to house “work-from-home” offices or even at-home gyms. Garden composite decking frames up an outdoor room nicely, see the example here for reference where this customer has used our NeoTimber® Deluxe grey board to contrast the timber clad structure.

10. Mix Textures & Materials

Garden composite decking acts as a beautiful contrast against other materials such as porcelain or stone tiling. Combining textures adds variety and substance to your outdoor space, bringing a new dimension to your outdoors.

We love how @bluedaisyuk have used our Classic grey deck board to contrast the clean lines of the porcelain tiles.

11. Create An Outdoor Cinema

Over lockdown we’ve seen many of you get creative with your outdoor spaces. Our favourite has to be the outdoor cinema! Create the perfect movie theatre hideaway with your garden composite decking – the perfect spot to keep the little ones entertained (for a short while) or to enjoy a cosy stay-at-home date night.

Garden Decking Ideas

12. Make A Bench

To finish off your garden composite decking project, why not see what else you can come up with from your off-cuts. In the past, customers have made benches, gates and even seats, we’d love to see you give it a try… (tag @neotimber and use #liketimberbutbetter).

13. Section Off With Balustrades

Section off your garden composite decking with a balustrade for a more private and secluded area. Balustrades help to section off areas of your garden which you want to keep separate from the rest of your outdoor space. They perimeter your garden composite decking not only adding a stylish touch but also providing a safety net, ensuring a safer leisure environment to be enjoyed by the entire family.

14. Dine Alfresco

Garden composite decking projects lend themselves perfectly for outdoor entertainment, particularly our capped ranges of composite decking which come with an easy clean finish, providing added protection against accidental spillages. So sit back and enjoy an evening on deck in style – dine with loved ones and embrace the outdoor air without the worry of dropped food or spilt wine!

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