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Author: Carla Graves

Building A Deck: Our Good Ideas

Arrange your deck as an extra room, so that this place of passage becomes a space of conviviality. Here are all the tips from our experts to make your deck a real little garden.

 

Closed space, with sometimes unsightly walls and lacking in light, the deck is a precious space in town or a house. It is a shame not to exploit it. With a few ideas and the right tips, make your deck a friendly space where neighbors meet, and family get together.

 

Prepare the ground for your deck

 

In an interior courtyard, deck or city garden, the smaller the area and without light, the more difficult it is to arrange. Calling on a landscaper seems the simplest option for a mini perennial garden. You can get started by taking the time to prepare the ground well, look for plants that require little light, make set-up sketches, and start sober. 

 

Bring light to the deck

 

Once again, mirrors are great for lighting up the deck. All reflective surfaces are your allies: fountains, basins, metal objects … The choice of plant varieties allows you to nuance the color palette. Use, for example, silver leaves. At night, we put on artificial lights: candle holders, lampposts, high sconces.

 

We are thinking of illuminating the paths for more safety but also to polish the atmosphere. We do not forget the long garlands to dress some beds and bring a touch of magic. 

 

Camouflage unwanted people

 

In a building courtyard or the center of a house, there are always some annoying elements. The garbage or bicycle room, shabby walls, ducts, pipes … Impossible to get rid of it. Exterior paintings are the fastest solution, provided you have the condominium’s right or the town hall.

 

These elements can also be hidden behind removable partitions, canisses, or screens treated for the exterior. The best is to use trellises with climbing plants, tubs planted with bamboo, or create green walls as recommended by the two landscapers. Vertical gardens are trendy and easy to achieve. The must, a dark paint to attenuate an unsightly wall, associated with plants in the foreground that will redraw a composition. 

 

Isolate the deck from noise

 

In town, the main concern is sound insulation, so as not to disturb the tranquility: Contrary to popular belief, plants alone do not absorb noise. A vegetated noise barrier, yes. If we draw a line between the source of the noise and the receiver’s ears, the wall must be at least as high as this line. Install evergreen and broad foliage plants to attenuate noise, double it with a fence for double insulation. Otherwise, treat yourself to a plant wall to install. Their thick support combined with plants is very effective. 

 

What plants to use for your deck?

 

Once the composition of your arrangement is installed, it is time to look at the plants’ choice. The deck is a space where there is a lot of shade and little wind. A deck is a place of daily life in any season, and it is preferable to use persistent plants. 

 

Plants from dry land (cacti, aloe vera, agave, etc.), which require little watering and do not clutter up small spaces, are recommended. Arrange them according to their height. 

How To Bring More Light To An Interior

Natural light is the ideal light source for an interior. It also plays a definite role in the health and morale of the occupants of the premises. Here is a selection of ideas for taming the sun’s rays with ease to enjoy it fully.

Paint some sections of the wall white

To fully reflect the light, the best alternative is to paint some walls in the house white. This color is known to capture natural light, imparting a sense of clarity and expanse. For more effect, it is possible to have accessories immaculate or in other light shades such as a bench or a table.

Choose white bed linen

To gain brightness in a bedroom, using plain white bed linen is particularly recommended. This alternative allows you to instantly illuminate a room without adding additional lamps, especially if the piece of furniture is in the middle of the room.

Naturally, illuminate the attic

It is possible to invest the attic by illuminating them more thanks to a few tips.

  • Painting the ceiling with the color white ensures that the light from the windows is diffused into the room;
  • Painting visible powders is also an excellent alternative;
  • To diffuse natural light effectively, it is also sufficient to place a large mirror flush with the floor or leaning against a wall;
  • Creating openings at the roof will keep light throughout the day while adding main openings.

Prefer a glass door

If one of the rooms in the house opens onto a perfectly exposed exterior, it is best to use a glass door. The latter plays the card of transparency to bathe the interior in light. Also, it is possible to paint the walls white while installing a mirror on a section of the wall for more lighting.

Set up a counter near a window

In an open kitchen, placing a counter under or next to a window provides a naturally lit, flat surface. This space will serve as a work plan or will be dedicated to lunch or dinner without requiring a lamp. Result: a certain dynamism and graphics.

Install workshop-style glass roofs to partition the kitchen area

Need to combine closed kitchen area and open space? It suffices to arrange a glass structure around the kitchen area. It will provide visual access to the room adjacent to the kitchen and stay in contact with guests while enjoying a corner dedicated to preparing meals. The windows’ transparency illuminates the room, especially when the kitchen area is placed near the bay windows or windows.

Bet on the reflections of a mirror

In dark and narrow rooms such as the bathroom, it is possible to create reflections with a mirror. If there is a window or an opening to the outside, just install a mirror so that it reflects daylight to illuminate the room. For a harmonious rendering, favor a mirror similar in shape to the window.

A staircase to circulate the light

This option is particularly suitable for a residence with one or more floors. However, it is important to provide sections of the wall painted white on either side of the staircase. Indeed, the idea is to diffuse the light along with the structure.

Create an opening to another room

To gain brightness, it is possible to knock down the wall between two rooms, provided that it is not load-bearing. An additional window and extra space further illuminate the room. It suffices to structure the area with a low wall, among other things, to separate various spaces. It is also possible to arrange a glass roof, taking care to choose it white.

Use light, white curtains

The color around windows has the power to influence interior light. Thus, colored curtains are known to absorb light effectively. In the absence of vis-à-vis, thick curtains are not necessary either. The best is to adopt a light white sheer, covering the windows while lighting the room.

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