Let's face it: no matter how many cute planters, stylish seating options, or decorative accents you incorporate into your outdoor space, it is only as stylish as the deck that keeps it all together. And an outdated or run-down railing can put a damper on your entire look, but a few modern updates can easily amp it up.
Before you begin any renovations, it's important to consider your goals. "Deciding whether you should opt for a full deck redo or just the railing is an important first step," says designer . If you're just removing the railing, then be sure to consider what is left of the deck and what will pair best with it." And when it comes time to decide on which materials work best, "For a stone deck surface, a metal railing is a timeless pairing. If your deck is wood, you might want to stick to a wood railing, but change up the color or finish to set it apart," Markatos adds.
That said, there's no hard and fast rule to renovating your deck, and getting creative with the design is where all the fun happens. "Opting for a geometric design rather than a typical vertical or horizontal slatted format is a great way to set your railing apart and add some interest," Markatos says. "The negative space created by geometric designs can also be really fun to play with in terms of the views beyond."
From classic wood balustrades to hog wire and rope, scroll down for 35 creative deck railing ideas to elevate your outdoor living space.