Craving a Backyard Refresh? Here Are 7 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Any Patio

Interiors & Decor

When 18″ of fresh snow gets dumped in your backyard in late April, even the hardiest of Minnesotans begin to wonder if spring would ever arrive. But it DID and now we are basking in the glow of patio season: the best time of the year for all things outdoors, especially when it comes to entertaining. Outdoor living spaces are the perfect way to get the most out use out of your home, and no matter where or how you live – a simple patio refresh can hold the key to your #bestsummerEVER. All patios are unique and different; we put together a few of our favorite patio looks based on who you are and where you live! Did we miss anything? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list. We’d love to hear what decor dream you have for your personal slice of the great outdoors.

The Urban Balcony

For small outdoor nooks, start by adding a few cozy wooden or organic furniture pieces. I also like to work in different neutral-colored textures into the mix. Don’t forget to add in a handful of beautiful potted plants, and a cute little hammock that will really steal the show. These are the main key ingredients we feel will truly make your little urban patio summer-ready.

The Homeowners Haven

When you own a home, you have the luxury to create your very own backyard oasis. This is nice because you can really settle in here. As always, you can begin to achieve this look by introducing a wide array of lush plants, growing your new or current garden, and by making sure to create a cozy and comfortable seating area for you and your guests. I tend to lean toward beautiful wooden furniture and look for bold and earthy pillows to spice up my outdoor area. Sometimes if you are looking to save space, installing a small table or bench is your best bet. If you have room, an outdoor rug can create an effortless hominess and increase the warmth and character of your patio.

The Backyard Entertainer

For those who love to entertain, a great backyard patio set is crucial. Plants, a statement rug, and good lighting are paramount. I like to focus on creating optimal outdoor lighting through string lights or even outdoor candles, but if you really want to make a statement, looking into how you can install permanent outdoor lighting can really go a long way when you are wanting to achieve that coveted backyard ambiance. I also recommend investing in a great dinnerware set with silverware and napkins to wow your guests.

Let’s Recap: Here are the 7 simple ways to spruce up your patio no matter where you live!

  1. Wooden or organic furniture
  2. Beautiful Plants
  3. A hammock
  4. Mix and match textures
  5. Bold or earthy pillows
  6. A patio and dinnerware set
  7. Lighting

Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

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BY Kate Arends - May 18, 2018

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May 18, 2018 1:10 pm

I love a good backyard space to breath in the fresh air, and I am loving these features and advise. Beautiful!

May 18, 2018 1:45 pm

Absolutely gorgeous spaces!! Thanks for sharing this great inspiration 🙂

Eva |

May 19, 2018 4:19 am
Reply to  Eva

Eva!Don’t be a did understand what he was trying to say right!!??

jeanne ware
May 18, 2018 8:12 pm

Kevin. Learn how to spell! Your meaning is lost if you can’t communicate it!

May 19, 2018 4:23 am

Or was that Jean new Ware??

May 19, 2018 4:26 am

Sometimes “Auto correct” will mispell words!

May 24, 2018 9:43 am

great design
Thanks for sharing

June 24, 2018 3:51 pm

Beautiful pictures and even better tips, thanks Kate.

July 22, 2018 7:20 pm

So refreshing and beautiful. I love everything from the black fence to the outdoor furnitures that complemented the greenery!

July 31, 2020 12:56 pm

I would like to buy the outdoor black and white rug in the 8th photo titled ‘The Backyard Entertainer’. How do I find where to buy it from?

July 31, 2020 12:57 pm

Please can you send me a link to purchase the black and white rug in photo number 8 titled ‘The Backyard Entertainer’?

August 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Reply to  Angela

Hi, Angela! It looks like the rug may be out of stock but you can find all the details on the space here.

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