5 Contemporary Design Ideas for Your Courtyard

With urban and apartment living on the rise and new suburban builds with smaller garden space becoming more prominent, it’s no wonder courtyards are starting to  overtake the traditional back garden. 2020 courtyard trends indicate more and more homeowners are seeking to create modern, aesthetically pleasing designs for a place to retreat and relax from the daily grind. 

Here we showcase five contemporary courtyard design ideas that can be used to easily update any small outdoor space.


Distressed style

The distressed look is en vogue and looks like it is here to stay. DECO’s fan-favourite DecoWood® timber grain finish Weathered Timber (pictured above) is the perfect finish to give your courtyard that rustic-yet-modern feel, or a stunning coastal vibe. Try a DecoSlat screen or fence finished in Weathered Timber for an attractive weathered grey look that mimics that chic distressed style designers love. 

plain black batten courtyard
Dark colour palettes 

Dark colour palettes are one of 2020’s top courtyard and outdoor design trends. Choosing a rich, dark timber can add a stunning contrast to plain rendered white walls and give your outdoor area an elegant feature. DECO recommends a stunning natural timber-colour batten such as DecoWood Wenge or why not try a minimalist approach with a sleek DecoCoat batten feature wall in matt black? 

Concrete-look Features

Concrete is always a winner to achieve an ‘industrial chic’ look in any space. Give your courtyard a modern makeover with DecoCrete®, DECO’s concrete-look finish for aluminium. Available in three stylish colours, DecoCrete adds a stunning finishing touch to your outdoor space. Try DecoCrete cladding to create an attractive urban-look feature wall, or give your decking a modern twist with a DecoDeck® finished in our special, slip-resistant Classic Concrete  finish. 




Create a stunning wall or ceiling feature using timber-look battens. DecoBatten® aluminium battens are very lightweight and can therefore be suspended from ceilings, beams or installed to a wall easily. Create a row of slimline battens as a feature archway for a quirky, modern design and a point of interest in your courtyard.


A rust-look pergola

The rust look is skyrocketing in popularity, with this edgy urban look cropping up in garden and courtyard designs all across the country. You can create a unique decorative feature with laser cut aluminium panels to create an on-trend pergola. With four stunning colours to choose from, DECO’s new DecoVogue rust-look range can help you create the perfect trendy courtyard. Made from sublimated, powder coated aluminium, DECO’s rust-look finishes will not leach or stain your surrounding walls, tiles or floor. 

DECO’s sustainable stylish, durable aluminium building products are ideal for creating an on-trend courtyard for you to enjoy. 

Want us to help you bring your ideal courtyard design to life? Contact us on 03 9603 1888 or fill out our enquiry form. 


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