A Deck Setup That Makes Your Scenery Pop

A deck is a perfect fusion of your indoor and outdoor spaces, melding the comforts of the indoors with the freedom and beauty of the outdoors.

One of the best ways to stylistically tie your deck to your beautiful outdoor space is to use glass railing to invite the view in. Glass deck railing doesn’t just open up your view - it softens the natural boundaries between your deck and the nature beyond. 

You can really make your vibrant plant life pop by combining the brightness of glass railing with a subtle, organic decking color like an earthy gray. Call our project planners at 1-888-824-5316 for your own personalized deck plan. For now, read on to learn how to get this look:

Gray decking with glass railing to highlight the deck view

The Look: Glass Railing & Subtle Gray Decking Invites The Views In

Gray decking and glass railing makes greenery and deck flowers pop with color

Follow each tag to the numbered headings below to learn more about each piece of this look.

  1. Trex Signature Glass Railing
  2. Trex Transcend Composite Decking in Island Mist
  3. Trex Signature Mesh Railing for Stair Panels
  4. Flat Top Low Voltage LED Post Cap Light For Trex Signature Railing

How To Get This Look

This deck look does a few amazing things. The subtle gray decking makes the surrounding greenery sing - along with the vibrant pops of color in the flower planter. The glass railing makes the space look huge, and a clever railing combination solves one of the major drawbacks of glass railing: the difficulty of full-panel stair sections. Let’s break it down piece by piece.

To design your own deck plan, tailored to your unique outdoor space, give our team a call at 1-888-824-5316! We’ve got a staff of deck project planners who love helping you create the deck of your dreams.

#1 Trex Signature Glass Railing System

If you’re looking for the absolute best deck view possible, there’s nothing that beats glass railing. Glass panels open up your view like no other railing system, and they invite light to make your deck space look bigger. The Trex Signature Glass Railing system includes sturdy aluminum rails and posts, while the modern, polished top rail fits perfectly with the sophistication of glass.

Pink flowers pop on a gray deck with modern deck railing

#2 Trex Transcend Decking In Island Mist

Trex’s Island Mist finish is a wildly popular deck board color, and it’s also a perfect fit with this deck setup. The overall gray look is subtle to highlight the view, but the boards aren’t a boring monochromatic shade, either. Trex Transcend deck boards blend a range of colors into each finish - you can see the hues of gray, black, and tan below - for an organic look that matches and draws in colors from the surrounding landscape.

From a distance, the deck looks like a natural extension of the landscape beyond. Up close, each board looks textured and gorgeous in and of itself.

A close-up of the texture of Trex Transcend Island Mist decking

#3 Trex Signature Mesh Railing System for Stair Panels

One reason too many deck owners miss out on glass railing: planning full glass panel railing for stair sections can be a tricky, time-consuming process because panels have to be cut to precise angles to match stair runs.

This deck uses some creative problem-solving to avoid the issue entirely. Trex Signature Railing is a versatile railing system that can mix and match multiple infill options: that means you can use the same top rail and post look with glass panels, mesh panels, or traditional metal balusters.

This deck takes advantage of the mesh panel option to fill out its stair railing. That keeps the wide-open views while adding a hint of modern farmhouse vibes. (That style pairs especially well with flower planter decor, too). One more advantage: the stainless steel mesh is another organic gray tone that ties right in with the Island Mist decking.

Trex Signature Mesh Railing for stair sections

#4 Trex Flat Top Low Voltage LED Post Cap Light

A deck this well-designed shouldn’t be limited to daytime use only. This setup took advantage of Trex Signature’s coordinating LED post caps to extend the usable hours of the space. These easy-to-install low voltage post caps will light up the deck at night while remaining subtle and unobtrusive to the design during the day.

Trex Signature Railing can feature coordinating lighted post caps

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