We’ve touched on decking trends from the eastern seaboard to the heartland and south of the Mason Dixon Line. This week we’re wrapping up our outdoor living forecast with a look into the deck designs and styles of the Northwest and Southwest regions.

Northwest: Given the expansive beauty of the Northwest, it’s not surprising that decks in this region are among the largest in the country. It’s also no surprise that composite decking performs especially well here due to its ability to withstand the abuse of the region’s extreme weather. As for color, this region’s most popular Trex decking shade is Saddle, a warm brown resembling the rustic look of cedar.

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Southwest: The exotic appeal of tropical hardwoods dominates in this region, where the most popular Trex shade is Tiki Torch, which features rich, realistic hardwood streaking. And, while the rest of the country leans toward traditional, wide railings, Southwestern homeowners prefer slimmer, more modern designs and railings made of natural materials such as iron or aluminum. They also use more glass paneling than any other region – most likely to maximize the stunning views of the Southwestern landscape. And, speaking of landscape, we see a lot of accent lighting for yard staples like cactus and tropical plants – similar to our landscape lighting spotlight.
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To see examples of Trex outdoor living settings reflecting each region’s distinct tastes, visit the Inspiration Gallery , where images are sorted by region and environment.

And tell us, what styles and trends did you like the most?