Dream Deck: 5 Deck Design Trends to Watch out for in 2020

Nearly a third of all new homes built in the US in 2018 came with a deck or patio. For the past eight years, the number of Americans wanting to add outdoor living space has increased, too.

Knowing how to make your new deck look amazing or how to liven up your existing deck can be tricky. You want trendy but you don’t want it to look dated in a year or two. It’s a good idea to take a look at the new deck design trends for 2020.

Building materials and colors are changing. Technology is coming to the outdoors. Industrial-contemporary is in. Maximizing your space is smart. You want the best deck you can have. We get it.

Here’s a look at 5 of the top deck design trends for 2020 and how you can incorporate them into your deck.

Deck Design Trends for 2020

The sky is the limit for your new deck. Unless you cover it, of course! You should choose the way you want your deck to look and function. But it’s a good idea to have a better understanding of some of the trends we expect to see this year. That way you can plan your new deck or deck renovation with your architect and builder so that it turns out perfectly.

1. Outdoor Televisions

A big deck design trend we saw develop in 2019 was the addition of outdoor televisions. We expect that to continue to grow in 2020.

As we’ll see in one of our other trends, covered outdoor spaces are also trending. With those spaces, there’s lots of room for outdoor televisions. Even if you don’t want to build a covered deck, you can still install an outdoor television. Weatherproof televisions are now on the market. Or, you can have a protected television added to an existing wall.

Outdoor televisions are a great way to extend the use of your deck all year long.

2. “Industrial” Look

A big change for 2020 is a move away from the traditional, rustic deck. Cleaner lines, angular shapes, and cooler colors will dominate deck design this year.

Glass rail is a part of this industrial deck design trend. Glass rail used to be expensive and out of reach for many people. Newer options have reduced the cost. In 2020 we expect to see raised decks with glass rails or ‘fences” change the look of decks to a modern, sleek, industrial vibe.

Stamped concrete also lends itself well to an industrial vibe on your deck. One of the great benefits of this material is its flexibility. It can be colored in many shades. It can also be used on the deck or patio itself or on pillars and supports.

Inspired by the modern design style of craft-brew breweries, pizzerias, and art galleries, homeowners are bringing contemporary looks to their outdoor spaces. Aided by those outdoor televisions, modern and sophisticated lighting, and the variety of choices in materials, this a deck design trend to embrace no matter what kind of home and deck you have.

3. Heaters and Ceiling Fans

Adding heaters and fans to your covered areas on your deck allows you to spend more time outdoors. Incorporating them into the original design and build means they won’t be awkwardly standing on the deck. They will fit into the aesthetic rather than drawing the eye of you and your guests.

New heaters are now sleek and discrete. You don’t need to use the ugly propane-fueled stand-alone heaters anymore.

When it’s hot, you’ll also want a ceiling fan or two under your covered deck. Strategically placing ceiling fans on your deck will increase your usage of your new space.

4. Colors

Muted blues and grays will continue to dominate decks in 2020. But that shouldn’t stop you from adding color.

Composite decking is increasingly the building material of choice. This material now comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes. We’re seeing a lot of two-tone designs used to provide depth and style to decks and outdoor spaces.

Finishes with streaking and weathering are also gaining popularity. These finishes give the look of natural wood. They can be used to provide focal points in place of traditional flat finishes.

Using more stone is also a way to bring different colors and contrast to your deck. The trend is to incorporate modern, rather than rustic, stone.

5. Covered Spaces

Covered spaces are all the rage for deck design. If you have a raised deck there’s space underneath. Traditionally, those spaces have been limited to storage. But the deck design trend in 2020 is to put the space to use as another outdoor living space.

Turning the space under the deck into an additional seating area maximizes your space and provides shelter from the elements. Here in San Antonio, that covered space is going to provide great shade in the heat of July and August.

Combine a covered space with an outdoor television, heaters for the cooler months, and ceiling fans for mid-summer. Throw in an outdoor kitchen. You’ll find you’re not going to want to be inside anymore!

Get Deck-Trendy in 2020

As you think about a new deck in 2020 keep in mind these 5 trends. Add covered spaces so that you can incorporate features like televisions, heaters, and fans.

Go bold with an industrial look featuring glass and steel. Borrow design ideas from whatever inspires you. Share those industrial/contemporary looks with your designer.

Be brave with your colors. If you like to stand out make your deck unique with the choice of laminate wood and the natural stone you use.

Whatever deck design trends you decide to follow in 2020, it’s important to work with a designer or architect and a construction team you trust. Their expertise will help you get the deck of your dreams. They will also make sure those crazy colors work with the other elements you want. And they will show you how to maximize your space and money.

If you live in or close to San Antonio, TX, and you want the best in deck design and construction, schedule a consultation with us today.