Deck Railing Ideas


From ELLE Décor, an outdated or run-down railing can put a damper on your entire look, but a few modern updates can easily amp it up. There's no hard and fast rule to renovating your deck, and getting creative with the design is where all the fun happens. Here are some creative ideas to consider if you're renovating or building a new deck:




Starting from the top left and moving to the right:


Topless Crossed Rope - This classic deck rail was built without a top board, creating a charming farmhouse vibe with a modern twist.

Thin Rope - A Scandinavian-style deck railing is elevated with criss-cross rope details, which are attached to traditional boating anchors.


Sunburst Design - Architectural detail from the sunburst-style railing adds a subtle twist to a traditional deck.


Tabletop and Planter - Make the most of your deck railing by installing a tabletop and hanging planter, like this modern wood-and-rope version.


Simple Rope - A cottage-style pale wood railing is accented with a simple rope fence.


Sawn Balusters - A detailed, Victorian-inspired deck railing instantly adds charm to an outdoor space.


Rustic Hog Wire - A contemporary lake house is elevated with a warm and rustic deck railing, complete with black hog wire.


Unfinished Wood - Pale, unfinished wood extends from the base of this deck up to the storage-seating and rails, creating a cohesive and natural look.


Planter Topped - Top your existing railing with flower boxes to add a verdant touch that unites your deck with the surrounding landscape.


Pillar Lighting - Metal railings are grounded by illuminated wooden pillars, creating a warm glow on this cozy deck space.


Pale Blue Top - A classic deck railing is given a colorful kick with a pale blue paint job.


Modern Custom Design - Industrial-style rods are surrounded by a stacked wood railing, creating a modern appeal on this elevated deck.


Modern Horizontal - A charcoal deck railing with horizontal planks perfectly complements the striking architecture of this modern home.


Metallic Screen - A simple, frosted glass deck railing is completely transformed with the addition of this striking partition screen.


Iron Railing Insert - One way to amp up your deck railing design is by installing a decorative insert—like this pine-inspired option—for a subtle, yet enhanced look.


Glass Balustrades - A washed gray deck is kicked up a notch with luxury glass balustrades, making it easy to enjoy the ocean views.


Geometric Blue - Simple from afar but striking up close, this uniquely fenced deck railing features a pale blue finish.


Curved Railing - A curved railing brings a touch of whimsicality to this modern, orange wood deck.


Criss Cross & Wire - A combination of two favorites—criss cross and wire fencing—creates a dynamic and modern look that also offers security.


Cracked Ice - An arboreal green rail is finished with 'cracked ice' fencing, made from real branches and logs for a natural look.


Built-In Seating with Stone Rail - A custom deck features intuitive built-in seating, framed by white stone planters that serve as a rail.


Chinese Chippendale - A popular Southern-style railing, this Chinese Chippendale deck is charming and summery.


Cabin Style - A log cabin deck blends in with its surroundings, featuring a stained wood frame and medium-square hog wire fence.


Cable Rail - A mix of horizontal wood paneling and a modern cable rail gives this deck a luxury appeal that will stand the test of time.


Branch Fencing - A creative take on a traditional deck railing, this option features branch fencing that lends a rustic touch.


Color Punched Bohemian - A whimsical boho outdoor space features quirky pops of color, with a turquoise railing to match the roof's wood beams.


Beachy Plexiglass - Add a modern touch and take up little visual real estate with a simple plexiglass rail option, framed by white wood.

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