Deck railing

Deck railing design ideas

People in Wayne and other areas often think of their decks and what to do with them, but they seldom consider what should go around their decks. The deck railing, rather than the decking, is what sets the mood in the back and front yard, and it can serve several purposes. Railing goes beyond the traditional wood posts. However, there are numerous railing ideas to explore. For example, a popular selection in railing is lattice. Beyond providing a barrier, lattice helps to add aesthetic appeal to a deck.

End Caps

End Caps offer an ornamental way to beautify both a deck and the railing. End caps can be used functionally as planters and as a source of lighting. End caps can be purely decorative as well. Wayne residents might particularly enjoy end caps that have solar lights to save on electricity costs.

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Mixed Materials

Mixed materials bring life to a railing. When a railing is made of one type of material, the appearance of the railing is flat—two-dimensional. However, choosing two differing materials adds depth and dimension. The two materials do not need to be of great contrast. The materials may be different—like wood and metal—but be of complementary colors to allow for flow. An added benefit for choosing metal as a material is that it needs to be refinished less than wood so this option tends to be low maintenance. Residents in Pompton Plains and Franklin Lakes can appreciate this.

Unconventional Materials

Railings needn’t consist of slotted pieces of wood or metal. A nice way to create privacy and allow for light is to use opaque glass in between posts. Wayne resident may also like this option to achieve railing but preserve lighting.

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Deck Railing as a Focal Point

It has been traditionally suggested that the deck railing should match the decking materials. This is true to some extent. However, there is greater freedom in choosing railing materials. Riverdale residents may enjoy this factor.Deck railing, much likes the walls in a home, can take on more design, patterns and colors than the flooring, if chosen, and serve to beautifully frame the deck area. Pompton Plains and Franklin Lakes residents can do this by focusing more on complementing the deck rather than focusing on matching it by color and materials.

Matching Deck Railing

There is a time to use a deck rail that would otherwise blend into the deck area: when there is furniture and other décor that serves as the focal point. In this manner, choose railing that matches the deck area—both by color and materials used in the deck area. Riverdale, Pompton Plains and Franklin Lakes residents may love this option.

Home Extension

To add depth and dimensions to the exterior of the home, choose color and materials that lend to the illusion that the house is being extended so that it is difficult to determine where the house ends and the railing begins. This is best accomplished by using solid materials that accentuate the house.

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A common concern for Wayne and Riverdale residents and others is the need for privacy. For people who seek to have greater privacy while sitting on their deck, opting for trellises as railing can offer both adequate lighting and privacy from the neighbors’ view. Another excellent selection in creating privacy is by using posts of alternating heights.

Multiple Colors

To accentuate back yard décor, use a railing of multiple colors. Take the main colors of furniture and other décor, and incorporate them into a slotted railing sequence. For instance, alternate between persimmon, lime green and Mediterranean blue to bring these colors out in the furniture.

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