When desiging an outdoor space, the easiest way to bring a deck to life is with plants. Here is a basic builder grade back porch reimagined as a retreat. Install flower boxes on the rails and find a mix of ferns and flowers to pot. To get a more natural look, work in levels so that you have differing heights around your space. A small fountain from your local garden store adds a great relaxing ambiance. Your deck will feel bigger and more usable if you think about creating "zones." Imagine how you would like to use the space and then configure furniture to allow for maximum seating.