May 152015
 

Enhancing your poolside decor is a great way to make a nice backyard environment for entertainment, dining, playing, and sun bathing.  It’s easy to add simple touches to make your experience at poolside enjoyable.  With just a little planning, you’ll be able to turn your pool deck into a comfortable extension of your home.  Before you know it, you’ll have a warm and inviting place to relax and have fun with friends.

Poolside decor can be enhanced easily, and just in time for summer.

Poolside decor can be enhanced easily, and just in time for summer.

Below are seven ideas to create a lively and enjoyable setting.

1. You can start by adding decorative interest to your pool deck by installing a border, also called a pool coping, in a vibrant color and contrasting pattern.  Some attractive styles include concrete tiling, limestone, hand-scored concrete, broom-finished concrete, and limestone.

Pool coping can serve to create an attractive borderline.

Pool coping can serve to create an attractive borderline.

2. Decorate the area by placing plants and flowers in colorful pots in different areas around the pool deck, such as around seating areas, along the fence or poolside.  Add visual appeal by using plants with varied colors and textures.  Plants are great, too, because they can also create privacy by adding height and blocking out unwanted views.

Enhancing poolside decor is easily done by putting down flowers in planters.

Enhancing poolside decor is easily done by putting down flowers in planters.

3. Bring evening lighting to the pool by hanging string lights along the fence.  You can also place tiki torches around the perimeter for a more tropical look. For added effect, you can also place lighting in surrounding bushes and trees.

Add poolside lighting by placing string lights in bushes and plants.

Add poolside lighting by placing string lights in bushes and plants.

4. A unique way of adding appeal and character to your pool area is by hanging metal art on the back side of the house that faces the pool.  You can also add sculptures of different sizes in various places to create a more complete look.

Unique metal art adds character and sophistication to poolside decor.

Unique metal art adds character and sophistication to poolside decor.

5. Another good idea is to add a terrace, creating separated areas for relaxing and recreation.

Adding a terrace to your pool deck instantly brings charm and grace to the area.

Adding a terrace to your pool deck instantly brings charm and grace to the area.

6. Architectural elements that can enhance the look of the terrace include pillars, a trellis, and column wraps.  In particular, faux stone column wraps, with their meticulous imitation of real stone, give terrace pillars an eye-catching and impressive look.  They’re easy to install, too.  The result is an elegant new look that will lend an exquisite touch to your pool area.

Decorative elements such as faux stone column wraps elevate the appeal of poolside terraces.

Decorative elements such as faux stone column wraps elevate the appeal of poolside terraces.

7. Another decorative element you can’t forget is landscaping.  Beautiful landscaping will soften the edges of the pool deck, and provide an organic look.  Having a nicely mowed lawn and manicured bushes also provide a lovely backdrop.

Attractive landscaping  is another great way to ensure a comfortable poolside area.

Attractive landscaping is another great way to ensure a comfortable poolside area.

These are just some examples of ways you can upgrade the look of your own pool area.  Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share with us?  Let us know!

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Aug 082014
 

Decks, for many people, are places where they like to wind down on a warm day or night after work, and spend time outside while feeling the relief of being home.  The kinds of design elements that contribute to the comfort homeowners seek on their decks may be missing when they go out to sit on them, though.  And they may not even know what those elements are.

DIY deck design is a fun project with decorative posts.

Decks look and feel great with faux stone and brick decorative posts.

As you can see in the images above and below, sent to us by our customers, the decorative posts that mimic the look of brick and stone make for a wonderful DIY deck design.  As deck posts, they are fantastic ways to enhance the appeal of your outdoor living area and will deepen the relaxation offered by your backyard living area.

DIY deck design is enhanced with decorative posts.

Achieve the look of professional masonry with simulated brick decorative posts.

Decorative posts are tasteful additions to any DIY deck design.

Fake stone decorative posts enhance the appeal of any deck.

Made of a strong, high-density polyurethane material, they are each crafted from a master mold made of real stone or brick.  As a result, they boast all the visual and textural details of the original stonework.  The beauty of these realistic qualities serves to upgrade the ambience of any deck area.

Their polyurethane makeup also gives them the strength to withstand weather conditions of all kinds.  As years go by, they will look as great as they always did.  Termites and other wood-damaging insects are also repelled by them, which is nice.

In addition to the appeal they add to decks, these posts are very lightweight.  Thanks to this, they are extremely easy to install.  For our customers, they have made for rewarding DIY outdoor remodeling projects.

Because real stone or brick columns are heavy, they require decks to be specially reinforced.  This only means more work and added costs.  Faux columns, on the other hand, are designed to be installed easily in a minimal amount of time, using just a few basic tools.  Their hollowed core allows you to place them over existing wooden support posts.  After you do that, just screw them into place, and you’ll be finished.

Decorative posts add comfort and ambiance to decks.

Decorative posts are an easy, budget-friendly way to upgrade your DIY deck design.

For ideas on how you can use these decorative posts to add to your deck’s appeal, take a look at the photo gallery of our Carlton Columns.