65 Patio Decor Ideas That Bring Indoor Style Outdoors

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Kristin Hohenadel
65 Patio Decor Ideas That Bring Indoor Style Outdoors
  • 01 of 65

    Set a Garden Table

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    Most Lovely Things

    Most Lovely Things set up a simple, festive al fresco dining table in the shadow of her gravel patio filled with stock tank raised garden beds that includes a botanical tablecloth that echoes the outdoor setting.

  • 02 of 65

    Hang Pendant Lighting

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    Laquita Tate Interior Styling and Design

    This outdoor patio from Laquita Tate Interior Styling and Design has living and dining areas decorated in a black, gray, and orange palette that complements the brick walls of the home and showcases the surrounding greenery. A pergola in a dark wood stain adds structure to the outdoor space, and natural woven pendant lights help to define the living room and dining room zones.

  • 03 of 65

    Keep It Sleek

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    McKinnon and Harris

    This sleek modern patio from McKinnon and Harris has a timeless palette of black and white that gives it a sophisticated feel and erases the boundary between indoors and out.

  • 04 of 65

    Add a Movie Screen

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    Design by Resource Furniture / Photo by Lance Gerber

    Drummer Matt Sorum’s patio in Palm Springs, CA is set up like a private outdoor movie theater with a large screen, a fire pit, and a Flex Outdoor modular sofa from Resource Furniture that seats a crowd. The semi-enclosed space feels open and airy but comfortable and cozy thanks to a high perforated concrete wall on one side and skillful desert-friendly landscaping.

  • 05 of 65

    Accessorize With Neon

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    Design by Architects Magnus / Photo by Jenny Siegwart

    This modern patio from Architects Magnus has an indoor-outdoor feel and a crisp black-and-white palette that is electrified with touches of neon green, yellow, and red. The bold color on the patio helps to define the outdoor space from the adjacent bedroom that fades into the background while retaining an open feel.

  • 06 of 65

    Consider the View

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    BHDM Design / Photo by Reid Rolls

    This Long Island pool and patio area from BHDM Design has classic furniture and landscaping, with a dining table and chairs covered by an outdoor umbrella positioned high enough so that it provides shade while helping to frame rather than block the idyllic water view. 

  • 07 of 65

    Make It Zen

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    Design by Maestri Studio / Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker

    This spacious outdoor patio from Maestri Studio includes a central green zone with stylized drought-resistant landscaping and a pair of Adirondack chairs that create a calming backyard oasis with a zen garden-inspired feel.

  • 08 of 65

    Choose Black and White

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Alexandra Ribar

    Sticking to shades of black and white will lend your outdoor space a classic and timeless feel that’s easy to maintain and live with over time. Leanne Ford Interiors used a crisp black-and-white color palette, matching sconce lights, and tall potted plants to define this effortlessly chic outdoor dining space, adding warm wood accents to warm it up.

  • 09 of 65

    Try a Bold Accent

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    Design by Gaia Inspired / Photo by Jenny Siegwart

    Don’t be afraid to go a little wild when accessorizing an outdoor patio, where small risks can have outsize impacts without breaking the budget. This patio from interior designer Kim Nadel of Gaia Inspired features modern white furniture and a pair of technicolor throw pillows that add a shot of bold color to the contemporary outdoor space.

  • 10 of 65

    Accent With White

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    Liz Marie Blog

    Blogger Liz Marie decorated her farmhouse corner patio with a mix of modern and vintage furniture and pots of white flowers in vintage containers in every direction. The combination softens the neutral space while maintaining the all-white feel complemented with rustic metal, stone, and wood accents.

  • 11 of 65

    Choose Vintage Furniture

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    Fantastic Frank

    This Mediterranean patio from Fantastic Frank features vintage metal furniture that complements the setting, but could work just as well to add some timeless charm to a more modern space. Fresh modern seat covers add comfort to the seating. Be sure to choose outdoor fabrics that can be easily washed to keep them looking clean and bright.

  • 12 of 65

    Add Pattern and Geometry

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    Cathie Hong Interiors / Christy Q. Photo

    Cathie Hong Interiors mixed geometric patterned floor tiles with sculptural planters, mismatched throw pillows, and midcentury modern-inspired furniture to give this Northern California patio a minimalist but warm and lively feel.

  • 13 of 65

    Embrace Rough Edges

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    Fantastic Frank

    Weathered wood, natural stone, and tile, a sculptural table, a row of Edison bulb string lights, and generous plantings give this patio from Fantastic Frank a minimalist feel with a raw edge that is simultaneously understated and dramatic.

  • 14 of 65

    Add a Surprise Element

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    Mary Patton Design

    This outdoor patio from Mary Patton Design has clean lines, airy white furnishings, and a pair of pale pink flamingo statues that add a fun and kitschy surprise element to the otherwise understated space.

  • 15 of 65

    Stencil the Floor

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    Craftberry Bush

    Craftberry Bush gave plain floor tiles a patterned tile look with a DIY decorative stencil treatments that softens the outdoor patio and anchors a cozy seating area.

  • 16 of 65

    Add Whimsical Lighting

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    Hotel Henriette

    Decorated with vintage garden furniture and unexpected decor touches like an arched mirror and whimsical decorative lighting, this Parisian interior stone patio from interior designer Vanessa Scoffier at Hotel Henriette is dreamy, magical. and chic. The landscaping has a slightly wild and organic quality that gives the outdoor space an organic feel.

  • 17 of 65

    Level Up

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    Maite Granda

    Florida-based interior designer Maite Granda creates a room-within-a-room feeling on this outdoor patio with an elevated lounge space outfitted with comfortable seating and defined by a pair of outdoor half curtains. A second zone includes a built-in banquette and an outdoor galley-style kitchen.

  • 18 of 65

    Paint It Black

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    Michelle Berwick Design

    Michelle Berwick Design gave this partially enclosed patio a grounded and calming feel by painting the wall anchoring the modern outdoor sofa in matte black that adds contrast with the warm wood ceiling.

  • 19 of 65

    Maximalize It

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    Design by Bartone Interiors / Lissa Gotwals Photography

    If you are a maximalist and you know it, there’s no reason not to bring that sensibility to your outdoor space. This maximalist patio from Bartone Interiors is decorated and accessorized like an indoor space, with sculptural floor lamps, modular furniture, and eye-catching accessories.

  • 20 of 65

    Accent With Color

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    Design by Mary Patton Design / Photo by Molly Culver

    Just a few choice color accents—a pair of canary yellow folding chairs, a blue-and-white vase in the center of the table, and a primary blue gooseneck sconce on the wall—give this otherwise neutral outdoor patio dining area from Mary Patton Design a shot of color and personality.

  • 21 of 65

    Use the Ceiling

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    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    Kendall Wilkinson Design used the ceiling of this covered patio to hang large glass and metal chandelier-style pendant lighting and a pair of sleek hanging chairs that complement the circular seating.

  • 22 of 65

    Keep It Minimal

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    Fantastic Frank

    This Mediterranean patio from Fantastic Frank features a mix of hardscaping, simple bench seating, and landscaping from the edging to the central tree that looks like it’s been there forever.

  • 23 of 65

    Limit the Color Palette

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    Thomas Guy Interiors

    This outdoor patio from interior designer Lance Thomas of Thomas Guy Interiors is visible from the interior space thanks to a wall of glass and metal framed doors, making it vital that the outdoor be as smartly decorated as the indoors. Sticking to a mostly black and white palette makes it easy to mix and match while maintaining a cohesive look. Dark stained wide plank hardwood flooring inside is contrasted with pale stone on the exterior, creating definition.

  • 24 of 65

    Embrace Curves

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    Design by House of One / Photo by Lifestyle Production Group

    This Florida patio from House of One includes a pair of matching curved half-circle sofas that are shaded by a wood-clad ceiling with built-in ceiling fans, creating a sophisticated outdoor entertainment space. The large water feature enforces the tropical vibes.

  • 25 of 65

    Use Tall Planters

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    deVOL Kitchens

    This cobblestone patio outside an English carriage house kitchen conversion from deVOL Kitchens has a pair of tall modern planters that flank the entrance and allow the minimal space to feel decorated. The pass-through space is left empty here but includes room to bring out a table and chairs or pair of loungers when the weather cooperates.

  • 26 of 65

    Install Heat Lamps

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    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    Kendall Wilkinson Design added tall outdoor restaurant terrace-style heat lamps to this outdoor patio that make the Northern California space usable year-round.

  • 27 of 65

    Warm With Brick

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    This covered back patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors is a relaxing, homey place for everyday meals, with aged red brick walls and a wood-clad ceiling that add warmth against the stone flooring.

  • 28 of 65

    Tile the Floor

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo Tessa Neustadt

    While it is easy to default to neutrals when designing an outdoor space, even the slightest use of color can add a surprising lift and energy to the design, like the blue-and-white patterned tile flooring on this spacious outdoor patio form Emily Henderson Design.

  • 29 of 65

    Add a Console Table

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    Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    A live edge console table positioned against the wall of this covered patio from Emily Henderson Design helps to fill the blank space while providing a flexible extra surface that is set up here as a water bar and decorated with a simple vase of leafy branches.

  • 30 of 65

    Build It Out

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    Fantastic Frank

    This covered patio from Fantastic Frank is integrated into the architecture and partially covered in a carpet of vines that makes it feel organic rather than an add-on.

  • 31 of 65

    Decorate With Mirrors

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    Decorating with mirrors isn’t just for indoors. A vintage-style mirror on the rustic wood mantel adds contrast with the stone fireplace on this patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors, bouncing light around and giving the outdoor space an indoor feel.

  • 32 of 65

    Add Midcentury Modern Style

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    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    This midcentury modern-style front patio from Kendall Wilkinson Design includes an outdoor fountain water feature and minimalist planting around the concrete exterior that is visible from the inside and echoes the minimalist but bold style of the interior.

  • 33 of 65

    String Up Some Shade Sails

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    Fantastic Frank

    Shade sails provide partial cover to this poolside patio from Fantastic Frank while softening the modern space, a simple, affordable, and quietly stylish option that doesn’t require building permits or a construction crew.

  • 34 of 65

    Add Modern Farmhouse Vibes

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    My 100 Year Old Home

    A rustic brick fireplace makes this covered modern farmhouse patio from My 100 Year Old Home feel homey and warm, complementing the vintage style furniture and accessories. A row of curtains on one side provides shade and privacy when needed or desired.

  • 35 of 65

    Sting Up Twinkle Lights

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Twinkle lights are an inexpensive way to make any space feel a little cozier and more enchanted. A Beautiful Mess added rows of outdoor twinkle lights to the ceiling of this covered patio that complement the glow from the fire pit and make it feel magical after dark.

  • 36 of 65

    Add a Canopied Daybed

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    Design by House of One / Photo by Lifestyle Production Group

    If you’ve got the budget, springing for a signature piece of outdoor furniture can have an outsized impact on your outdoor space. A canopied outdoor daybed with tie-back curtains adds a luxurious nap spot to this outdoor pool patio area from House of One, complemented by nothing more than a pair of simple lounge chairs facing the kidney-shaped pool.

  • 37 of 65

    Add Entertainment Options

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    This light and airy patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors has a pale palette, wood touches, cool blue and purple accents, and a central fireplace. A wall-mounted TV and speakers is set up for outdoor summer movie nights or game nights to add another entertaining element to the space.

  • 38 of 65

    Make a Rustic Canopy

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    Fantastic Frank

    This Mediterranean patio from Fantastic Frank includes a rustic twig and fabric canopy that provides partial shade while blending in with the beautifully aged patina of the surroundings. Create a similar effect in your backyard using furniture and decor with an aged patina and plenty of terracotta pots, rustic wood, and boho style touches like woven lighting and textural outdoor fabrics in light neutral colors.

  • 39 of 65

    Carve Out a Skylight

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    Design by Gaia Inspired / Photo by Jenny Siegwart

    This semi-enclosed patio from interior designer Kim Nadel of Gaia Inspired is sheltered by a roof that includes a skylight to allow natural light to penetrate the center of the space. The patio has chunky modern furniture and is accessorized and styled like an indoor room to make it feel extra comfortable and inviting.

  • 40 of 65

    Hang a Vintage Fountain

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    Hotel Henriette

    A wall-mounted vintage fountain adds charm to this Parisian courtyard patio designed by Vanessa Scoffier at the Hotel Henriette.

  • 41 of 65

    Zone It Out

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    Design by Maestri Studio / Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker

    Maestri Studio used furniture to define zones on this open patio, with a dining area next to the outdoor kitchen, and an adjacent lounge space that faces in another direction.

  • 42 of 65

    Add a Pair of Sconces

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    This covered dining area on a large open patio from Marie Flanigan Interiors has a slanted terracotta roof held up by monumental white brick columns that defines the space. A pair of wall-mounted sconces helps to anchor the dining table and provide balanced light for meals that stretch into the night.

  • 43 of 65

    Make It Tropical

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    Michelle Boudreau Design

    This Palm Springs patio from Michelle Boudreau Design has an oversized cactus garden, a white wire armchair, and a comfy outdoor sofa that is upholstered in a retro palm print fabric that steals the show.

  • 44 of 65

    Layer Outdoor Rugs

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    Fantastic Frank

    This outdoor patio from Fantastic Frank has a Euro-style gravel floor layered with a pair of patterned outdoor rugs that soften the outdoor space while adding color. A sculptural stone coffee table and sleek gray-and-black seating adds sophistication.

  • 45 of 65

    Use Decorative Lighting

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    Design by Jenn Pablo Studio

    Adding ambient lighting can make your patio more beautiful and usable when the sun goes down. But choose something sculptural to make an impact on your decor, like this glass and metal star pendant light hung from the pergola that anchors an outdoor dining table on this Palm Springs patio from Jenn Pablo Studio.

  • 46 of 65

    Mix Materials

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    This covered patio Marie Flanigan Interiors uses a mix of materials including concrete flooring, a stone fireplace wall, metal fittings, and touches of wood on the ceiling and seating that makes the space feel more warm and inviting. A black metal ceiling fan helps keep things cool on scorching days.

  • 47 of 65

    Install a Cabana

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Margaret Austin Photo

    A poolside cabana makes this large patio from Cathie Hong Interiors feel more intimate and cozy, with a large white outdoor sofa that is shaded by wood slats on three sides. Choosing one hero piece allows the rest of the space to remain uncluttered and minimalist, keeping the focus on the pool.

  • 48 of 65

    Add an Indoor-Outdoor Bar

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    Christina Kim Interior Design / Raquel Langworthy Photography 

    This covered patio from Christina Kim Interior Design has an indoor-outdoor bar that makes it feel fun and inviting. Woven materials add warmth to the gray flooring and white walls and furniture, and a wall-mounted flat screen means that you can catch the game while you break for an outdoor lunch.

  • 49 of 65

    Add Seasonal Decor

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    Most Lovely Things

    If you love seasonal decor, don’t forget to show your patio some love as the seasons change. This outdoor patio from Most Lovely Things is decorated here for winter holidays, with an outdoor tree dressed in simple string lights, and chairs covered in fluffy sheepskin throws arranged on black metal chairs around the DIY fire pit.

  • 50 of 65

    Use High Contrast

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    Design by Murphy Maude Interiors / Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck

    This patio from Murphy Maude Interiors is decorated in a high-contrast mix of brown and white, with an outdoor fireplace and wood-clad roof that grounds the open space.

  • 51 of 65

    Add Cozy Seating

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    Jenn Pablo Studio

    This Palm Springs patio from Jenn Pablo Studio is set up like an outdoor living room. Styled with throw pillows and an organic coffee table, the lounge area provides the perfect transition between indoors and out.

  • 52 of 65

    Dress It Up

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    Design by Breeze Giannasio Interiors / Photo by Meghan bob Photography

    This patio dining space from Breeze Giannasio Interiors has a graphic quality thanks to a mix of black-and-white finishes, furniture, textiles, and decorative objects. A dramatic striped awning and gathered curtains adds a theatrical and slightly retro formal touch.

  • 53 of 65

    Add a Kilim Pouf

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    Emily Henderson Design / Photo by David Tsay

    This cozy backyard patio from Emily Henderson Design has a laid back feel thanks to boho-style accessories like a kilim pouf.

  • 54 of 65

    Create a Hybrid Space

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    Design by Manscapers / Photo by Dane Tashima

    This comfortable and spacious NYC backyard from Manscapers has both a spacious patio and a wood deck that helps define the spaces and adds dimension the deep rectangular space. The patio area is equipped with a sectional, extra poufs, and a fire pit. The stone patio transitions into a slightly raised outdoor wood deck that houses a spacious dining table and chairs.

  • 55 of 65

    Add Twin Sofas

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Kate Marker Interiors used a fire pit to anchor a pair of backyard sofas that are just outside the French doors leading inside. Side tables with outdoor lanterns balance the light in the large open space after dark.

  • 56 of 65

    Hang a Lacy Shade Sail

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Styling by Noel Knostman / Photo by Erin Kelly

    A lacy white shade sail adds a decorative and unexpected touch to this gravel patio from Leanne Ford Interiors that complements the vintage furniture and accents.

  • 57 of 65

    Mount a Gazebo

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    Craftberry Bush

    Craftberry Bush mounted a gazebo on the patio of this London backyard that provides structure for a cozy outdoor living room decorated with woven textures, neutral colors, and plenty of plants.

  • 58 of 65

    Hang a Hammock

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    Fantastic Frank

    A large hammock creates an ideal napping spot on this patio from Fantastic Frank that is partially shaded by a pergola overhead.

  • 59 of 65

    Set Up a Canopy

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    Design and Photo by Ajai Guyot for Emily Henderson Design

    pop-up canopy transforms this driveway-turned-patio designed by Ajai Guyot for Emily Henderson Design into an elegant entertaining space. Tie-back curtains can be closed to create an intimate candlelit setting for special evenings.

  • 60 of 65

    Build an Extension

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    Maite Granda

    Interior designer Maite Granda extended the functionality of this Florida backyard patio by adding a fire pit area accessed by a moat-like walkway across the green grass that is the centerpiece of the outdoor space.

  • 61 of 65

    Add a Blanket Ladder

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    Design by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    On this patio designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design, a decorative blanket ladder leaning against the wall provides storage for extra throws while making the outdoor space feel cozy.

  • 62 of 65

    Hang Out

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    Design by Forge & Bow Dwellings / Christa Tippmann Photography

    This covered patio from Forge & Bow Dwellings includes a black hanging chair suspended from the roof, and wood accents to warm up the concrete patio floor.

  • 63 of 65

    Add Modular Furniture

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    Design by Resource Furniture / Photo by Lance Gerber

    A concrete paver fire pit area on the patio of drummer Matt Sorum’s residence in Palm Springs, CA, features a high-performance Flex Outdoor modular sofa from Resource Furniture.

  • 64 of 65

    Green the Pergola

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Styling by Noel Knostman / Photo by Erin Kelly

    A pergola strung with green vines softens this partially covered patio from Leanne Ford Interiors while adding storybook vibes.

  • 65 of 65

    Use Multifunctional Furniture

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    Finding Lovely

    This flagstone patio from Finding Lovely includes a seating area with a hybrid coffee table and fire pit that adds functionality to the somewhat compact space.

How can I make my patio look nice?

The easiest way to make your patio look nice is to decorate it the way that you would an indoor room. Choose simple stylish outdoor furnishings that fit your lifestyle and the way you plan to use the space, from an al fresco dining area to a lounge space. Decorate with outdoor rugs, colorful outdoor throw pillows, portable LED lighting or string lights, vintage accessories like old watering cans or decorative wall fountains, and plenty of plants. A DIY fire pit is an affordable way to make your space look and feel cozy when using it at night.

How can I decorate my patio on a budget?

Keep it simple. These days you can find outdoor furniture, accessories, and lighting at any price point. To stretch your budget, you can source secondhand dining sets or outdoor seating online, at yard sales or moving sales. Start with your anchor piece, be it a dining table or and fill out the space with plants, affordable outdoor rugs, or LED string lights to make it feel cozy and inviting. 

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