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Deck Railing Design Ideas and Styles

Decks come in many materials and styles, but it’s the railings that really give your outdoor space that “wow factor”. Railings are composed of several parts, including balustrades, top and bottom rails, and post caps. As such, you have a lot of room to add flare to your deck. As you search for the perfect railing for your deck or patio, take a look at these design styles and how you can achieve them with your railing selection.


Modern design and architecture is simple, with clean lines and edges. Additionally, many modern designs feature the use of numerous materials. For this reason, a deck railing that incorporates both wood and aluminum elements fits right into a modern exterior – especially if the balusters lack ornamentation.

Additionally, wood or aluminum railings with glass panels are modern. They bring together several materials, and glass is a popular pairing option for modern homes.


Glass panels will seamlessly open up your outdoor space.

No matter what materials you choose for your modern deck, stick with accessories that are simple and sleek. That means straight lines instead of curving ones and picking rails and caps that don’t have much embellishment.


If your taste is more traditional, you may be looking for deck railings that feature wood or metal and a decorative look. Many classic balustrades have curved parts and designs, and have posts that almost resemble columns. Another option is railings with latticework, which offer a time-honored look that will also increase the privacy of your deck.


White and neutral colored railings will allow flowers to really stand out on your deck.

Along with picking out a material that matches your outdoor space, seek deck railings with decorative accessories, and subtle yet stunning details.


Are you inspired by country cottage designs? Does your home have the feel of a relaxing lake house? In that case, you might want deck railings and posts that are more naturally inspired.

While naturally stained wood will add a simple yet rustic element to your outdoor space, check out faux stone post covers – they’re easy to install and have a definite warm, countryside feel.

How to know your design style

If you’re not sure which style of railings and posts will work best, you may need to do some investigating. Write down a list of features the exterior of your house has, such as the materials used, what kind of lines it has and whether you think it’s traditional or modern.

Look at different styles of homes online. Then, you can compare the features of your house to these design styles. For instance, if you see a colonial house online and note that your home has the same type of windows, siding and roof, this may very well be the style of your home. If this is the case, more classic railings might work best for you.

Knowing the style or architecture that defines your home will make choosing a deck railing easier. Fortunately, many deck railing styles work with a variety of homes.

What kind of style do you prefer for your outdoor space.

Browse our selection of stylish Deck Railings here. Take your deck to the next level.