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10 Trex Deck Ideas for Any Outdoor Space

You've decided on Trex composite decking and chosen the colors. Now's your chance to consider some of the Trex deck ideas you'd like to incorporate into your new deck.

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Two-Tone Effect

With so many great options, it’s hard to choose just one color of Trex deck boards. Why not pick two? A two-tone effect, like the Trex Transcend Havana Gold and Spiced Rum seen here, is a great way to add depth and character to an outdoor living space. It can also be a safety feature, marking where there’s a step, edge or grade change. It’s one of the simplest Trex deck ideas for DIYers. For help choosing a color, visit the Trex Color Selector.

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Find Your Zone

When space is available, it’s helpful to partition a deck into multiple living zones, just like inside your home. Think of zones for eating, reading and conversation. Furniture, outdoor rugs, patio umbrellas and potted plants make each room feel like its own special place. Get some more ideas for outdoor decorating with these 22 incredible ideas for a relaxing backyard space.

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Well Rounded

Decks don’t have to be square or rectangular. In fact, they often look better with some curves to offset the geometric lines of the house. The rounded edges of this Trex Transcend deck make it a more attractive destination and one of our favorite Trex deck ideas. A cut-out for the tree is also an unexpected yet welcome feature. Here are the complete how-to instructions for building a platform deck.

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Trex Porch Ideas: Season Extender

Whether propane or wood-burning, an outdoor fireplace can tack on months of outdoor usability. It also adds ambience and serves as a destination when company arrives. See how to make an attractive, modern DIY outdoor fireplace.

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Match Game

The railing is an often overlooked part of a deck. While its primary function is practical, deck railings can actually be an aesthetic feather in your deck’s cap. The key is to make it look like it belongs. In this case, the top rail matches the Trex deck while the posts and spindles match the furniture. This makes for a cohesive look. Explore some other decking and railing combinations from Trex.

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Step This Way

Wanna make an entrance? Or maybe you’d just like to minimize the length of a staircase. Either way, this landing makes a statement. The integrated lighting and contrasting edges looks good and adds a measure of safety. Learn how to build deck stairs from a pro.

Buy integrated deck staircase lighting here.

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Trex Deck Ideas: Integrated Planters

Outdoor planters bring nature closer, making a deck seem more inviting. While there are many styles of garden containers available, you can create a sleek, contemporary look with Trex cube planters that match the deck. Here’s how to build a beautiful modern planter in one afternoon.

Buy a Trex cube planter here.

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Lighting often serves a dual purpose, and it’s one of our favorite Trex deck ideas. It’s a safety measure. But it’s also capable of adding ambience. Notice how welcoming this setting is with the lighting. Here’s how to illuminate your deck with low-voltage lighting.

Buy Trex post cap lighting here.

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Break It Up

To break up a large expanse of deck and leave a visual cue to the various outdoor living zones, switch up the direction of the deck boards. You can emphasize the change even more by separating the adjacent sections with a contrasting color, as seen here. Learn how to select the best Trex deck boards here.

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In the Pits

A sunken conversation pit, complete with propane fire table, attracts guests like moths to a flame. No pit? No problem! Trex boards can easily be used for built-in benches even if there’s no sunken space like this one. It will require the support of a wooden frame, however. See an example of a Trex built-in bench here.

Luke Miller
Luke Miller is an award-winning garden editor with 25 years' experience in horticultural communications, including editing a national magazine and creating print and online gardening content for a national retailer. He grew up across the street from a park arboretum and has a lifelong passion for gardening in general and trees in particular. In addition to his journalism degree, he has studied horticulture and is a Master Gardener.