From relaxing to entertaining, don’t make the mistake of placing your patio decor at the bottom of your priority list. Making the most of your outdoor living space means treating it with as much care as you would an interior room!
Keep reading for our favorite patio decor ideas that will have your outdoor space looking and functioning its best.
Bohemian decor is the perfect way to infuse your outdoor living space with a casual and inviting atmosphere.
In terms of furniture and decor, this aesthetic is much more forgiving than other popular styles! It’s okay for Bohemian decor to be a bit rough around the edges — that’s what gives it so much inherent charm.
While you might have a picture in your head of what boho-inspired design entails, this trend can be incredibly diverse. You should have no trouble catering to the specific needs (and vibes) of your patio space.
2. Fire Pit
Every living space needs a central gathering point. Adding a fire pit to your backyard or patio is a wonderful way to create a functional centerpiece.
You don’t need a ton of space to accommodate a fire pit on your patio. There are countless self-contained fire pits that require little more than a few square feet to operate safely!
Even more important than the fire pit itself is the space around it. Take full advantage of the fire’s natural heat and light by arranging comfortable seating around the perimeter.
Flagstone, rock split along natural bedding layers, can bring a charming touch to any paver patio or walkway. You can even use this unique material to construct retaining walls and other hardscape elements.
Anyone looking for a softer aesthetic for their patio slab will much prefer the appearance of flagstone over perfectly cut paver stones.
If authentic flagstone isn’t in the budget, don’t worry. You can recreate this look more affordably using poured concrete and a special stencil!
Few things are more aesthetically pleasing than a well-tended garden (even if your approach is a low-maintenance one). So, green thumb or not, consider blending the border between your backyard patio and garden.
Bring the look of colorful flowers and lush greenery into your patio design with planters and hanging baskets.
Flowering shrubs, annuals, and even vegetable plants can be placed around the perimeter of an outdoor patio for privacy, shade, aroma, and — of course — natural beauty.
For the most stylish and functional patio possible, you really need to look at the big picture — a.k.a. your entire backyard.
Landscaping encompasses nearly every facet of outdoor design. While homeowners often focus their landscaping efforts on trees and shrubbery, elements like fencing, pergolas, walkways, and water features are equally as important.
As far as the relationship between your patio and landscaping is concerned, pay close attention to the transition of the two. An effective transition will ensure your patio feels like part of the landscaping rather than an awkward offshoot.
Relying solely on the sun to light your patio is a good way to guarantee you spend as little time outside as possible! Fortunately, lighting an outdoor space is more straightforward than many realize.
String lights are a simple, versatile solution for overhead lighting that is neither difficult nor expensive to install. Invest in solar-powered lights if no outlets are within reach.
Space individual lanterns along the perimeter of your patio or on furniture surfaces for accent and task lighting.
Many homeowners find themselves drawn to modern design. And this aesthetic is just as effective outdoors as it is within the home!
Follow the same principles when selecting patio furniture and decor as you would for any interior space. In short, your patio design should include minimal clutter, lots of contrast, and an emphasis on function.
Plants can soften the edges of a modern-inspired patio without interfering with the intended vibe. Opt for heavily structured shrubs and flowers to frame your patio slab.
8. Narrow Space
Assuming everyone has access to an acre or more for an outdoor living space is guaranteed to leave many renters and homeowners high and dry. This is especially true for anyone living in a city or densely populated suburb.
The good news is that a vast backyard is a luxury but definitely not a necessity! You can create a cozy, practical, and all-around awesome patio within a very narrow space.
Whether you’re working with a ground-level patio or a raised balcony, focus on decor that occupies vertical space rather than valuable floor space. Folding patio furniture is a great investment.
If your dream patio resembles an outdoor oasis, the ability to lock eyes with your nosy neighbors probably isn’t at the top of your must-have list!
A privacy fence is the most obvious solution to this common problem. Even if constructing a fence around your entire property isn’t feasible, erecting a privacy barrier along the edge of your patio could make a world of difference.
For a softer look, consider planting dense shrubs or dwarf trees to block your view of the street or neighboring yard. Train climbing vines up a trellis for a multi-faceted privacy screen.
Succulents — a family of desert-dwelling plants that includes cacti — have stolen the hearts of gardeners around the globe.
While succulents make great houseplants, they are equally at home in outdoor planters and garden beds. Succulents of all kinds thrive in most climates throughout the summer. Select native species of succulents for a lower-maintenance solution.
Given their natural habitat, succulents go hand-in-hand with decor styles like Mediterranean and American Western. Keep this in mind when planning out the rest of your patio design!
11. Swimming Pool
Does your backyard patio double as a swimming pool deck? There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the benefits of both outdoor living spaces in a single design.
The swimming pool is the centerpiece of your patio — there’s no arguing that. Draw even more attention to it by installing integrated lighting or placing planters around the perimeter.
Be sure to select furniture and decor that play well with chlorine. Lay down pathways between the pool and other key areas to keep everything nice and clean.
12. Tables and Chairs
As with any living space, your patio furniture should be chosen with a clear purpose in mind. For most households, a basic set including a table and chairs is the best starting point for a patio design.
With an outdoor table and chairs, you can dine, work, and relax on your patio with minimal fuss. If shade is a concern, opt for a table with a built-in umbrella.
Once your table and chairs are set up, you can expand your outdoor living space with a sofa, a daybed, chaise loungers, and other cozy seating options.
A patio isn’t complete without an equally stylish walkway. Whether your backyard walkway is two or dozens of feet long, think of it as a runway leading up to the main attraction.
A matching walkway is an easy choice, especially if your patio slab features unique stone pavers or embossed designs. But don’t be afraid to pair your patio with a contrasting walkway if it creates the desired effect!
Pay attention to the details. Seemingly little additions like automatic border lighting will be a godsend for both you and guests when it comes to actually using the walkway.