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New deck details make a difference

Rohm & Haas Co : 27 April, 2004  (New Product)
Whether for entertaining, grilling, reading or just hanging out, decks and patios are the living space of choice for the summer months. Deck details make a difference! Re-energize an existing deck with custom features as simple or elaborate as your imagination and finances allow.
Take planters, for example. Perky painted planters using this season's hottest tropical hues lend bold charm to a deck fashioned from any material, including wood, brick pavers or concrete. Select one hue from you planter's color palette and fill the container generously with overflowing blooms of color that mimic the hue that is identical to your planter. For greater impact, consider creating one or more groupings, or vignettes, of planters that include different sizes and shapes. Paint and pattern inexpensively and creatively unifies the entire grouping!

For a more intricate twist, consider the introduction of a newly purchased or recently refurbished gate. It will do wonders in terms of updating your deck or patio, and reflect 'up-to-the-minute' design. Depending upon the exterior appearance of your home, explore the possibility of installing a custom gate that complements the features of your home's architectural style. Select the appropriate motif, then leverage the existing exterior paint scheme by choosing a paint for the gate that matches the existing door, window and trim colors. Or, if you want to be bold, choose a paint color for the gate that vividly contrasts with the current deck space to create a vibrant and eye-catching focal point that makes your exterior living space uniquely personal!

Consider mixing and matching textures in your exterior summer space as well. For example, a homeowner may decide to combine stone-colored poured concrete asymmetrical pavers with sand-colored, rectangular brick-colored pavers to produce a unique flooring pattern. You can customize things further by painting the concrete with a quality paint. The paint lends a distressed, weathered-with-age flavor to the flooring, and the entire surface become stylishly and harmoniously unified.

Be sure to consult with a paint professional to discover the proper paint primers, sealers and procedures that will result in the most attractive and long-lasting result for your project. Wood, metal and synthetic deck materials can all be attractively painted, then combined with interesting flooring patterns and fabrications to produce dynamic deck styles that enhance both the color scheme and architectural style of the entire house.
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