Make Your Small Deck Look Larger; Tips for Making the Most of Your Small Deck

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Flood Company

    HUDSON, Ohio, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Not all decks are constructed with
 multiple levels and room to fit the entire graduation party guest list.  Some
 are cozy extensions of the home, with room enough for the family and an
 outdoor grill.  Just as with a small room on the interior of your home, you
 can maximize the appearance of a small deck with a few simple tips.
     "The right choice in color not only adds beauty to your deck, but it can
 add dimension and depth as well," says Pat Coughlin, product manager for The
 Flood Company, makers of outdoor stains, cleaners and removers for decks and
 siding.  "Color is one of the key factors in helping a small deck look
 larger."
     Coughlin offers the following tips to make the most of your small deck:
 
     Add dimension with color.  Just as lighter colors make a room look larger,
 your deck can achieve the same result with a light color stain.  The wide
 variety of stain color options available make it easy to find a light hue for
 your deck.  Linen, Oyster and Outside White are all examples of lighter stain
 colors available from Flood.
     Creating a two-tone look for your deck will add depth and dimension as
 well.  Choose one color for your railings, benches or stair risers and another
 complementary color for your floorboards.  One popular example is a white
 solid color stain on the railings and a clear wood finish on the floorboards.
     Flood makes CWF-UV(R) Clear Wood Finish as well as solid color and semi-
 transparent stain lines that are available in a variety of colors and are
 guaranteed to last.  Flood Solid Color Deck and Siding Stain is guaranteed
 against peeling for 5 years on decks and 15 years on siding.  Flood Semi-
 Transparent Deck and Siding Stain is guaranteed against peeling and fading for
 3 years on decks and 5 years on siding.
     Clear the clutter.  With accessories and furniture, less is more when
 working to make a small space look bigger.  Determine the activity your family
 enjoys most on your deck before picking furniture.  For example, if you love
 outdoor barbecues simply add a grill and dining set.  If you enjoy lying in
 the sun, some lounge chairs and an end table.  When selecting accessories for
 your deck, bigger is better.  One large chiminea or just a couple big
 flowerpots will look much better on your deck than several small items.
     Use lighting at night.  When sitting on your deck at night, lighting can
 make all the difference in making your deck look larger.  Stringing lights
 along the railing, having outdoor lighting installed in the stair risers, or
 simple candles and yard torches are all lighting options that can add
 dimension to your deck.
     For more information on deck finishes, cleaners and removers, call The
 Flood Company, 1-800-321-3444, or visit their web site at www.floodco.com .
 
 

SOURCE The Flood Company
    HUDSON, Ohio, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Not all decks are constructed with
 multiple levels and room to fit the entire graduation party guest list.  Some
 are cozy extensions of the home, with room enough for the family and an
 outdoor grill.  Just as with a small room on the interior of your home, you
 can maximize the appearance of a small deck with a few simple tips.
     "The right choice in color not only adds beauty to your deck, but it can
 add dimension and depth as well," says Pat Coughlin, product manager for The
 Flood Company, makers of outdoor stains, cleaners and removers for decks and
 siding.  "Color is one of the key factors in helping a small deck look
 larger."
     Coughlin offers the following tips to make the most of your small deck:
 
     Add dimension with color.  Just as lighter colors make a room look larger,
 your deck can achieve the same result with a light color stain.  The wide
 variety of stain color options available make it easy to find a light hue for
 your deck.  Linen, Oyster and Outside White are all examples of lighter stain
 colors available from Flood.
     Creating a two-tone look for your deck will add depth and dimension as
 well.  Choose one color for your railings, benches or stair risers and another
 complementary color for your floorboards.  One popular example is a white
 solid color stain on the railings and a clear wood finish on the floorboards.
     Flood makes CWF-UV(R) Clear Wood Finish as well as solid color and semi-
 transparent stain lines that are available in a variety of colors and are
 guaranteed to last.  Flood Solid Color Deck and Siding Stain is guaranteed
 against peeling for 5 years on decks and 15 years on siding.  Flood Semi-
 Transparent Deck and Siding Stain is guaranteed against peeling and fading for
 3 years on decks and 5 years on siding.
     Clear the clutter.  With accessories and furniture, less is more when
 working to make a small space look bigger.  Determine the activity your family
 enjoys most on your deck before picking furniture.  For example, if you love
 outdoor barbecues simply add a grill and dining set.  If you enjoy lying in
 the sun, some lounge chairs and an end table.  When selecting accessories for
 your deck, bigger is better.  One large chiminea or just a couple big
 flowerpots will look much better on your deck than several small items.
     Use lighting at night.  When sitting on your deck at night, lighting can
 make all the difference in making your deck look larger.  Stringing lights
 along the railing, having outdoor lighting installed in the stair risers, or
 simple candles and yard torches are all lighting options that can add
 dimension to your deck.
     For more information on deck finishes, cleaners and removers, call The
 Flood Company, 1-800-321-3444, or visit their web site at www.floodco.com .
 
 SOURCE  The Flood Company