27 Top Modern Deck Ideas (Pictures)

Whether you have a pool, a garden, a pond, or a simple patio in your backyard, adding a wooden deck is a stylish and trendy element you can easily install and incorporate into the design. Adding a deck somehow adds an interesting point to the space, frames certain areas, and adds more dimension to the outdoor area. Decks are popular due to their ease of installation and added aesthetic value. Modern deck ideas look amazing and provide a variety of styles and materials to choose from.

Modern wood deck with swimming pool and shade sail

Modern Backyard Deck Designs

Modern deck ideas are frequently designed with several different types of materials. The most popular decking materials are the following:

Aluminum is a rot, rust, crack, and warp-proof decking option that is durable and weather-resistant. The downside of this material is that it is the most expensive out of all other decking material options.

Solid Wood – there are a variety of wood types appropriate for decking to choose from in the market, some of which are redwood, cedar, and some tropical wood imports. They are also hard, durable, and resistant to rot & insects (depending on wood species). This type of decking gives a warm & natural appeal, is less expensive than aluminum, but needs to be maintained by washing and finish recoating every three to four years.

Pressure Treated lumber – if you want that wood finish but are a bit tight on the budget, PT lumber is the most economical choice of decking material. They are usually chemically treated so that they become weather-resistant; however, note that PT lumber has a tendency to crack/split/warp, especially if you use long spans of planks. It also requires maintenance similar to solid wood decks.

Composite boards – This decking material is made of recycled plastic and wood fibers to create a composite material that looks like wood but is lighter. While they do not require sanding and recoating like other wood materials, they are susceptible to mold and mildew, so regular cleaning is advised.

Plastics – this is similar in look to composite boards, but these are made from 100% plastic.


Modern backyard pool with elevated wood deck and tropical landscaping

The modern pool-side wood deck design in the picture above uses solid Mahogany decking and framing. The wood deck planks have grooves to give its surface more grip for both furniture pieces & the users. Placed right beside the minimalist pool area adds more dimension to the otherwise flat poolside layout. The deck is slightly elevated and has integrated outdoor in-ground lights, which help emphasize the area. It has also been furnished with lounge chairs and a canopy sofa for added functionality.

Popular Deck Design Features

You should choose your decking material wisely according to your budget the look you’re going for, and with consideration for the maintenance of the material. To create a complete and stylish look for your deck, do consider adding the following elements to your design:

Fire pits are popular on patios both in traditional and modern designs. These add an interesting focal point to your space and give that elemental contrast, especially if you have a pool or any water feature nearby. See more fire pit design ideas here.

Furniture, whether built-in or loose, adding trending outdoor furniture to your deck makes it more inviting and engaging. It also encourages traffic so your deck’s potential is maximized and utilized. Comfy lounges, sofas, bar stools, or canopy chairs are popular furniture pieces you can put on your deck area. Ensure you use furniture pieces with outdoor-grade materials so they won’t easily wear down.

Stairs and steps depend on the height and location of your decking; adding stairs or steps makes them more easily accessible and adds an interactive yet functional element to your deck design.

Roof, canopy, and pergola depend on the location of your deck; adding a roof canopy to the deck area will not only help improve its look and encourage people to use the area but will also help preserve the longevity of your furniture pieces and deck material. There are many pergola design ideas to help provide shade and allow you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces more often.

Lighting for your deck is essential, as it adds aesthetic and safety value to your space. Ensure that you are using outdoor-grade lights for this.

You can create your designs implementing many of these features using one of the popular deck design software programs currently available. There are free options as well as more advanced programs depending on how detailed you want to get.

Using one of these can help give you an idea of the exact features you want and save time and energy when hiring a contractor to bring your plan to life.

Below are some gorgeous examples of modern decks to take inspiration from.

Deck with gravel border and canopy with fire pit

This spacious backyard features a gorgeous layout of multiple modern patios that stand on a wood deck base. This outdoor patio stands on a pebble-covered surface and is connected via a solid stone pathway. The material of choice is solid wood with a dark oak finish.

Stylish deck with mood lighting under border

Wood decks can also be applied to public spaces. This garden pathway is a great example of such. The raised pathway/walkway is slightly elevated from the ground to avoid excessive moisture seeping through the decking.

It stands on a metal framework for a durable base and uses solid wood as the decking material. It also adds different elements such as LED strip lighting to illuminate the side rails, stairs/steps with step lights for the higher walkways, and, of course, outdoor furniture strategically placed on different corners along the walkway.

Large wood plank deck above backyard water feature pond

Adding a wooden deck to your water feature would also work well when planned out nicely. This modern water feature is a great example of such, as it seamlessly integrates the cedarwood deck into the modern, concrete-based water feature design. The wooden deck helps break the repetitiveness of the concrete material and also adds more texture & pattern to the area.

Elevated modern platform deck with large rock steps

If you want your small patio to stand out, one way to do it is to place it on an elevated wood decking, like what they did in this example. Using solid tropical woods for framing and decking material, the patio area was raised at around 300mm above ground level and is accessible through a series of steps made from large blocks of stones. To make it even more interesting, a U-shaped built-in bench and other loose furniture items were added to decorate the area.

Backyard with small pool and modern surround deck

In this example, you will see two different areas of application and two different wood decking materials used in the same area. The large terrace area has an above-ground pool area framed around by solid mahogany wood decking.

On the floor finish level, a separate area for lounge and dining was also finished with a wood deck, but using cedarwood planks instead, since the area is not as exposed to moisture as those around the pool are. The contrast of colors of these two decking materials adds an interesting contrast to the open space.

Covered deck with dining table

Wood decks are also applicable as flooring material on semi-indoor patios. This example uses solid Brazilian teak wood decking with a simple, smooth surface. The wood deck is extended beyond the roofed area as it connects to the pathway with a solid Brazilian teak pergola, eventually leading to a pathway going to the pool area.

Deck with canopy supports and outdoor dining table

Adding a wooden deck to this small backyard garden makes this outdoor dining area more easily accessible for use all year round. The wooden deck not only adds an aesthetic value to the area, but because of the raised decking, the area is kept away from mud, water, and most insects, resulting in a more friendly outdoor dining space.

Deck around pond with gas firepit

Another possible use for decking is as a flooring material for bridges over the garden water feature. In this example, a pair of solid wood deck design platforms were used to connect different areas of the backyard from one another. This results in a very engaging and interactive design that is both functional and stylish.

Pattern deck terrace with slat wood design

Decks not only come in planks, but they also come in tiles with an easy snap-on plastic base for easy installation. This example features a terrace that was fixed with modular decking made of composite boards. The modular design is quick & easy to install. You can also easily trim them down to size and create interesting patterns as well.

Attached deck with bench and concrete seat with grill

Wood decking can also be applied on walls as an accent, adding texture and pattern to the surface. This example uses weathered PT lumber for a low-cost accent wall. As this accent wall is placed beside the outdoor grill, a stainless steel sheet was added to the wall near the grill to protect the wood from heat/accidental burning.

Geometric design deck with bare canopy, lounge chairs and water views

Designed around a cozy pebbled area beside the pool are two raised decks made from solid redwood framing and PT lumber planks for the decking. The raised deck resembles a four-poster bed, which fits two outdoor lounge chairs.

The very simple pergola structure can be fitted with a canopy or curtains for extra protection from the sun or rain and is placed in a location that can enjoy the best views.

Dark stained deck with canopy and privacy wall

Instead of keeping the usual wood finish, this covered patio area uses black-painted wood decking for its flooring, for a nice dark base which contrasts well with the horizontal Mahogany planks used on the perimeter walls.

Privacy deck with horizontal wood design and grape vine planters

You really don’t have to remove or replace existing flooring material to bring modern deck ideas to life in your home. The above photo is a great example of how you can integrate wooden decks into the existing finishes of your patio.

This example uses 600×600 modular tiles of solid wood deck and was simply placed on top of the existing terracotta tiles. After adding modern outdoor furniture pieces and accent plants, you already have a simple & functional modern decking.

Modern wood planter and deck with outdoor accent wall

This multi-level deck was made to be the focal point of the backyard. Solid hardwood framing combined with PT lumber wood deck creates a natural & earthy feel to the deck area, naturally blending in with the garden.

For more functionality, two outdoor chaise lounges were added, but the spacious area could also be furnished with other outdoor furniture pieces as required.

Wood board deck with pallet cube tables

To blend in with the rustic feel of the architecture, this patio area used weathered solid wood decking with accent gray & white Machuca tiles with a Moroccan quatrefoil pattern for an eccentric modern touch.

Teak deck at modern home with cushioned wood furniture

This expansive outdoor patio was fixed with high quality solid teak wood decking, with a clean, smooth finish. The simple yet elegant look goes along well with the modern architecture of the house, as well as the modern furniture pieces used.

Small modern layout deck with pergola privacy fence and gas fire table

This small modern deck offers an inviting, relaxing space around the fire pit. A vertical slat privacy fence is ideal for high-density areas to provide separation from nearby neighbors.

Outdoor deck steps from bedroom with large door

For the ultimate in outdoor living, this modern wood deck is directly outside the master bedroom through large sliding doors to maximize views and create an impressive design feature. Stainless steel horizontal fencing further enhances the modern appeal.

Relaxing deck with outdoor lounge chairs

This ultra modern home features an inviting backyard wood deck with plenty of space for sunbathing and star gazing. A white modern retaining wall separates the garden landscaping from the deck area.

Luxury deck with modern chairs glass railings and city views

For spaces like this terrace, using modular wood deck tiles is the easiest and quickest option to add a deck to your space. As these are made up of square tiles, they are easily installed, maintained & replaced by just snapping the pieces together or snapping them off for replacement. Glass deck railing maximizes views and looks stylish for a rooftop terrace design.

Contemporary deck with u shaped bench seating around modern fire table

This cozy fire pit is built into an elevated deck area made of an aluminum deck, which is powder-coated in a pale rustic wood finish. The same material was used to create the built-in bench and the base for the firepit itself. Lighting was also integrated into the design, as well as removable cushions & pillows for added comfort and a sound system for a complete ambiance.

Swimming pool with water features deck and gazebo

For this modern pool area, a “floating deck” feature was added to enhance the pool’s look. On one corner of the pool area is a gazebo with solid redwood decking and an outdoor sofa set. It has integrated lighting under the deck & a wide fountain/waterspout, giving a mysterious illumination to the pool.

On its opposite corner is another raised deck area with its other half seemingly “floating” above the pool, the other firmly attached to the finished flooring. It uses the same solid redwood decking & solid redwood framing to match. Inground lights were also integrated into the design for both safety and aesthetics.

View deck around small infinity pool

This gorgeous modern minimalist home includes an above ground square pool area attached to the structure through a raised solid cedar wood decking. The light and rustic color of the wood decking complements the concrete finish of the main flooring as well as the plain white paint used on the exterior walls. The natural tone of the wood adds warmth & texture to the small outdoor area.

Beautiful lighted water feature with deck

Another creative use of modern decking is the example above. It uses the decking as a bridge or a walkway that passes through the pond, connecting the outdoor patio area as well as the other parts of the house.

It uses lightweight composite boards on metal framing and stilts for a solid and durable base. The underwater lights on the pond area provide sufficient light to illuminate the pathway.

Custom deck with wood bench and fire sitting area

A close-up view of the modern wood deck design showcases the large wood cushioned bench surrounding a rectangular gas fire pit. Perfect for nighttime entertaining, modern deck ideas with a gas fire pit are a great way to enhance your backyard. Fire pits help create a place to hang out, have fun, and socialize with friends and family. Visit this page to find more backyard deck ideas for your home.

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