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Patio Design Ideas for Large Decks

Having a large deck is definitely something to be excited about. But when it comes to decorating such a big space, it can actually be difficult to figure out what you need. To avoid buying tons of outdoor furniture just to fill the space, start by taking a step back to plan out where everything will go. We've put together this list of strategies for patio design that will help your large deck feel like a stylish and inviting extension of your home. Check out these tips for how to furnish a spacious outdoor area.


Create Zones

Placing a furniture set smack-dab in the middle of a very large deck creates an odd look. Even worse, it leaves other parts of the deck underutilized. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to create a better flow throughout your outdoor space. Simply focus on different "zones" by having a specific purpose for each one. You can choose what types of zones to create in the space based on how you plan to use your deck. Here are a few examples you might want to incorporate into your deck design:

Dining Zone

Dining Zone

Set up an outdoor dining table with a patio umbrella for comfortable shade and enough seating for your immediate family. If you plan to entertain frequently, consider getting an extendable table and keeping extra outdoor dining chairs on hand.

Conversation Zone

Conversation Zone

Create a laid-back area for chatting with friends and family. Pair cozy outdoor sofas and chairs by Sunnydaze with a coffee table or fire pit at the center. You can use an outdoor rug to anchor the space and make it feel like an extension of your living room.

Relaxation Zone

Relaxation Zone

Choose a quiet corner to create a spot where you can fully relax. Great furniture options for this area include hammocks, porch swings, Adirondack chairs and outdoor lounge chairs. Consider adding plants, water features and soft lighting.

Kitchen Zone

Kitchen Zone

Love to cook outdoors? Your kitchen zone can be as simple as an outdoor grill or as extensive as a built-in sink, counter and wood-fired oven.

Bar Zone

Bar Zone

If you love to entertain, you can set up an outdoor bar area with cocktail tables and a place to make mix and serve drinks.


Use a Cohesive Theme

Even if you want to create distinct zones on your deck, it's important to keep a cohesive style throughout all your decor and outdoor furniture. Otherwise, the deck can have a haphazard appearance that makes it harder for guests to flow from one area to the other.

The best way to make sure your deck decor blends well is to choose a single color or material for all of your furniture. For example, perhaps you’ll decide to go with all wood furniture, all wicker furniture or all white furniture. This ties your deck together and looks much more stylish than mix-and-match pieces in different styles.

Use a Cohesive Theme

Then, create a few unifying elements to incorporate throughout the space. One way to do that is with a specific color scheme. For a coastal look, you could stick to decorative elements in shades of blue, white and tan. A similar unifying effect can be achieved with a repeating pattern on cushion and pillow fabrics or placing lush plants throughout the space.


Your outdoor space can become one of the best parts of your home when you put a little extra thought into the design. Use these tips to create a comfortable, stylish space for spending time with friends and family.