Is Grey Composite Decking a Good Choice for Contemporary Gardens?

Contemporary gardens are great spaces for entertaining guests and relaxing with friends. Nowadays, people are moving away from traditional gardens and are instead opting to turn their outdoor spaces into extensions of their modern homes.

One of the key features of contemporary gardens that we see time and time again, is a monochrome colour pallete. White, blacks and greys are often favoured over bright colours and loud patterns because they make a space look simple and clean. You can see in the photo above that grey decking can be contrasted with white accents and chrome accessories to give an ultra-modern finish.

Arguably, grey composite decking is one of the best choices if you want to make your garden look more contemporary. But why choose composite decking over other materials, you ask? Well, composite decking has some special features that make it perfect for low maintenance modern garden designs.

Low Maintenance

Once you’ve gone to the effort of bringing your contemporary garden to life, the last thing you want is to be faced with hours and hours of maintenance every year. First of all, you’re going to struggle to find timber decking that’s naturally grey in colour. If you do decide to go down the natural route, it’s almost certain that you’ll be faced with the task of painting the entire deck annually, just to keep it looking grey. Sounds tedious right? Unlike other types of traditional wood decking, high-quality composite decking will never need staining or sealing. In fact, it has a polymer sleeve that keeps it pristine for years after installation. Choosing a low maintenance material is important because patchy, worn or faded decking can instantly ruin the allure of your modern space. All that composite decking requires is a quick wash down with soapy water, so you can spend less time maintaining your deck and more time enjoying your delightfully, modern garden.

Slip Resistant

Nobody wants a garden that they can only use for a small fraction of the year. Choosing grey composite decking will help you make the most of your contemporary garden all year round. That polymer cap that we mentioned before, is designed to prevent water ingress. This drastically limits the chance of mould or ice forming across the surface. slip resistant material! So, whether a drink is spilt during a garden party, you’re caught out by the rain, or you want to make the most of your garden on a chilly autumn/winter night, there’ll be very little chance of a slip or fall.

Hopefully this blog will give you an insight into why grey composite decking is an excellent choice for contemporary gardens.


Create Interesting Garden Designs Using Composite Decking

When you are faced with a blank canvas outside your home, the potential for garden greatness can be both exciting and overwhelming. A quick google search will show you hundreds of gardens that look like they’ve been created by professional landscapers!


So, the quest for a beautiful new garden, why not consider the different ways composite decking can be used to extend your living space and transform it? Composite decking is an incredibly beautiful, versatile, and low-maintenance option, so however you incorporate it into your garden design it will look great and require very little attention. This blog explores some of the different designs made available to you when you choose high quality composite decking.

Option 1: Colour Combination

Combining different shades of composite decking to create a unique deck design offers aesthetic and practical benefits. Composite decking looks and feels amazing while requiring very little maintenance, meaning you can get creative as you like with your deck design knowing that it will cause you no hassle in the future.

Different shades of composite decking can be combined to create an almost infinite array of designs. Use contrasting colours to create shapes in your decking or lay your different coloured boards successively to create an interesting striped effect– you can really get creative when you have more than one decking colour to work with.

One design that has become very popular is a picture frame design. This is where one decking shade makes up the majority of the deck and a second, complementary colour, is used around the perimeter to create a striking frame effect.

The beauty of choosing composite decking rather than traditional wooden decking to create any multi-coloured design, is that the boards will never need staining or sealing to keep them looking beautiful. If you made the same designs using timber decking, you would have to buy stains of different colours and apply them annually – maintenance that is both time consuming and costly.

Option 2: Mix Materials

While composite decking looks stunning on its own, it can also be combined with other materials to create an outdoor living area with textural depth. For a more traditional look, choose materials and colours that are closely related and complement one another. For a more contemporary look, choose noticeably different materials in contrasting colours.

One material that is often found in combination with composite decking is porcelain paving. High-quality, vitrified porcelain paving offers the combined aesthetic and practical benefits of two high-quality flooring materials. These materials work well together because neither requires much maintenance and both look great for years after installation.

If you want to achieve a natural outdoor living space, composite decking can complement the existing features of your garden such as a lawn. Adding a deck around the perimeter of your lawn can make the space more usable. You can add outdoor seating or a barbeque to your decked area, and avoid running the risk of damaging the lawn or muddying your shoes.

Composite decking also offers a natural wood finish that cannot be achieved by plastic decking

Speak to an outdoor living expert if you are interested in implementing any of these designs into your garden space.