Outdoor Patio Oasis: 40 Decorating Tips To Steal

Tell all ya friends and neighbors!

We have a lot of work left to do in this house, but our outdoors is…dare I say it?


That’s like regular trash, but wet.

It’s just really not anything to write home about but it’s because I don’t understand lawn and garden maintenance at ALL but I *do* understand a good patio when I see one and as a dreamer, I’m dreaming up what our own patio can be one day.

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1. Hanging Lanterns

outdoor patio with a bench and 2 hanging lanterns

Illuminate pathways and dining areas with the soft, ambient glow of hanging lanterns. Opt for vintage-inspired designs or get crafty with mason jar varieties to add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space.

2. Cozy Hammock Corner

hammock on a porch at dusk with string lights above it

Create a cozy nook with a sturdy hammock, plush pillows, and a stack of your favorite books. Perfect for an afternoon snooze or stargazing at night.

3. String Lights Canopy

backyard patio with fire pit and string lights

String lights aren’t just for the holidays, my friends. Drape these twinkling beauties to create a magical canopy above your patio. You can even get ones that change color to match your mood or an upcoming festivity. They’re always a hit!

4. Vertical Garden Patio Wall

backyard patio with brick wall and conversational set

Maximize space with a vertical garden wall. Strawberry plants, herbs, and cascading ferns create a living work of art that brings fresh scents and vibrant colors to your outside haven. It’s like living art!

5. Boho Vibes

boho backyard patio with white fabric umbrella and teak furniture with cushions

I wish I could pull off the boho style, but I feel like I can never pull it together. It’s the perfect mix of neutral and visually interesting with such a good earthy and feel good vibe.

6. Citrus-Themed Decor

closeup of white cushions on outdoor sofa that are citrus colored yellow and orange

Zesty lemon yellows, lime greens, clementine oranges and and grapefruit pinks are the best of the summer fruits. Pair with a citrus tree for a scented centerpiece that can also provide fresh produce if your climate allows!

7. Succulent Centerpiece

wood furniture with succulent on outdoor coffee table

A succulent garden in a large pot makes for a stunning and low-maintenance centerpiece on an outdoor coffee or patio table. Succulents are great for those of us black thumbed queens!

8. Outdoor Fireplace Lounge

outdoor fireplace at dusk in the mountains

I have a certain love for all things fireplaces! For those chilly evenings, an outdoor fireplace turns a patio into a gathering spot. Circle it with comfortable seating for cozy convos with friends or family.

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9. Vintage Bicycle Planter

vintage bicycle with flowers in the wicker basket on a backyard patio

Repurpose an old bicycle by turning it into a planter. Top off with a basket of blooms for a touch of nostalgia.

10. Stylish Bar Cart

rattan bar cart on a backyard patio

Create your own drink station with a really cute bar cart. Stock it with your favorite drinks (alcoholic or not!) and add fun outdoor glasses and mixers for a cozy vibe that turns an ordinary evening into party time.

11. Solar-Powered Pathway Lights

backyard patio with solar lights on the path leading up to an outdoor sliding glass door

Keep the nights bright and charming with environmentally-friendly solar pathway lights. They’re easy to install and cost nothing after the initial investment which y’all know I’m all about!

12. Swing Bed Relaxation Spot

swinging bed on back porch

I’ve thought tons of times how I’d like to swap out our traditional bench swing for a swing bed. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a good book or take a nap in the sun.

13. Moroccan-Inspired

couch on outdoor patio with solar lights at dusk

Rich textiles in deep, jewel-tone colors are quintessential Moroccan design elements. Add them to your patio in the form of large floor cushions, pillows, or rugs.

14. Whimsical Wind Chime

whimsical colorful bird wind chimes

Add a lil’ charming music using whimsical wind chimes. Try fun designs with unique materials like seaglass, driftwood, or copper.

15. Pergola with Climbing Vines

fairy lights in sheer curtains around a backyard conversational patio set

Not only does a pergola provide shade, but it also offers a structure for climbing plants. Wisteria and grapevines can lend your patio a romantic, Mediterranean feel.

16. Painted Pots

closeup of colorful pots with flowers in it

Add a pop of color to your greenery with painted ceramic or terra cotta pots. It can be a super simple DIY project that can involve the whole family and can add some real fun color or designs to your outdoor backyard space.

17. Built In Sandbox

sandbox on outdoor patio behind a house

Perfect for kids or kids at heart, a built-in sandbox adds a playful touch to your patio. Fill it with sand and top off with buckets, shovels, and other beach toys, like our tried and true favorite beach toys that get played with over and over!

18. DIY Stone Fire Pit

house in the mountains with a DIY stone firepit

For the crafty homeowner, a DIY stone fire pit is perfect for gathering around on brisk nights. It’s also a stylish addition to any patio.

19. Hanging Macramé Planters

hanging macrame planters on a porch

Boho and on-trend, hanging macramé planters add a touch of the vintage with a modern twist. Group them together at varying heights for visual interest.

20. Rustic Wooden Bench Seating

back patio with conversational set set in the mountains

A classic choice, the rustic or reclaimed wood furniture is a versatile and timeless staple for any patio, perfect for accommodating extra guests at a party or providing a quiet spot for morning coffee.

21. Water Feature with Trickling Fountain

water feature on an apartment balcony

The soothing sound of trickling water can turn any patio into a peaceful retreat. Even the smallest of spaces can accommodate a water feature! Whether it’s a standalone fountain or a larger one, the options are endless.

22. Outdoor Movie Screening Area

outdoor movie setup on a back patio with large projector screen and comfortable seating

Who needs a theater when you have a patio? Turn yours into an outdoor movie screening area with a projector, screen, and plenty of blankets and popcorn.

23. Colorful Patterned Throw Pillows

closeup of colorful pillows on outdoor couch

Liven up your patio furniture with an array of colorful throw pillows featuring bold patterns. They’re an easy and cost-effective way to change the look of your space.

black metal bedframe with pillows and a chunky knit blanket


Invest in good pillow inserts so you can change out pillow covers for a cheaper way to change your decor more frequently!

24. Teak Wood Furniture Set

outdoor teak furniture with white cushion conversational set on a back patio

Teak is the gold standard for outdoor furniture due to its durability and natural resistance to the elements. Invest in a teak wood furniture set and enjoy your patio for years to come.

25. Floating Shelves for Plants

open shelves with plants on them on a backyard patio

Create a living wall with floating shelves. They offer a modern look and a great opportunity to display an assortment of your favorite potted plants.

26. Antique Wrought Iron Furniture

white wrought iron furniture with white cushions

Elegant and robust, wrought iron chairs and tables adds a touch of antique charm to your outdoor space. Pair it with soft cushions for a comfortable and stylish look.

27. Egg Chair

egg chair on patio

A statement piece that brings an eclectic modernism to any patio. The egg chair is a cozy hangout for one or two, perfect for reading and daydreaming.

28. DIY Herb Garden

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh herbs. Create a DIY vertical herb garden using pallets or repurposed materials to have them on hand, right outside your kitchen door.

29. Modern Luxury

modern backyard patio behind white house with black shutters

Luxury doesn’t always mean astronomically outrageous. You can create luxury in a budget friendly way!

For those with a penchant for sleek design, a modern lounge area might be the perfect match for your patio. Maybe pair it with a few select pieces of bold outdoor art to complete the look.

30. Bamboo Privacy Screen

dining table under covered pergola on patio

Shield your patio from creepers or just regular neighbors with a bamboo privacy screen. It’s an eco-friendly way to create a secluded and intimate area.

31. Sheer Canopy Drapes

sheer white curtains on a pergola on an outdoor backyard patio

Sheer, flowing canopy drapes add a touch of romance to any outdoor space. They’re perfect for defining an area or adding an elegant touch to your patio.

32. Rattan Furniture with Plush Cushions

rattan chair with cushions and pillows

Rattan furniture with plush, weather-resistant cushions creates the perfect blend of comfort and style. It’s a laid-back look that’s right at home on a patio.

33. Monogrammed Outdoor Pillows

teak wood sofa with white cushions and pillows with monogrammed S on them on an outdoor patio

Listen, being from the south, we monogram everything. And everything is smocked.

Nothing is safe from a monogram, so if you’re in the south, make your patio feel like a part of your home with monogrammed outdoor pillows. Because why not?

34. DIY Upcycled Pallet Seating

DIY pallet bench seating on an outdoor patio

Get creative and save money by making your own seating using upcycled pallets. Sand, paint, and add cushions for a unique and eco-friendly touch to your patio.

35. Marble Top Bistro Table

marble top bistro table with serena and lily style outdoor chairs

A marble top bistro table is functional and adds a touch of sophistication to your patio. It’s the ideal spot for a morning espresso or a quiet dinner for two.

36. Cozy Throw Blankets

outdoor patio at dusk with cozy throws on a sectional

For a nighttime gathering or a cozy morning coffee, a faux fur or chunky knit throw blanket is the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Drape it over a chair or a bench for a touch of warmth and elegance.

37. Fairy Lights

fairy lights on an outdoor patio with 2 conversation chairs

No patio is complete without fairy lights. They bring a magical touch to your outdoor space, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for any occasion. Hang them from overhead or wrap them around trees and plants for an enchanting effect. Keep the party going well into the night with these twinkly lights.

38. Stylish Storage Solutions

outdoor storage ottoman coffee table with teak furniture and white cushions on an outdoor patio

Kids come with crap and sometimes I don’t want their toys just all over the place. You can keep the clutter at bay with creative storage solutions like an outdoor storage coffee table. They’re great for storing blankets, cushions, or even gardening tools.

39. Natural Ottoman Poufs

outdoor wicker sofa and chair and woven floor pouf on a back patio

These outdoor jute poufs in offer flexible seating and a way to add texture. They’re perfect for putting your feet up or double as a low table.

40. Glass Candle Holders

outdoor table with glass candle holders on it in front of a sofa with white cushions

Glass candle holders add a touch of elegance and a warm glow to your patio. Scatter them along your dining table or place them around the edge of your space for a magical effect.

Even if you have a small backyard patio or just a super tight budget like your girl, many of these can be amazing DIY projects with little additional cost!

Bring your unique vision to life with these tips, and turn your outdoor patio into the oasis you’ve always envisioned without spending a lot of money!

Your patio can be a great way to unwind, entertain, and connect with the natural beauty around you.

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