Outdoor furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories have come a long way in recent years, making it possible to decorate your patio with as much style as the interior of your home at any price point. The right decor will echo the architectural style of your home and correspond to your lifestyle, making your outdoor patio into a functional and stylish extra room.
Check out these patio decor ideas in a range of styles, settings, and budget levels that will inspire you to style your outdoor space so that it looks and feels as inviting as the inside of your house and will encourage you and your family to spend more time outdoors.
Set a Garden Table
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.
Hang Pendant Lighting
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.
Keep It Sleek
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.
Add a Movie Screen
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.
Accessorize With Neon
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.
Consider the View
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.
Make It Zen
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.
Choose Black and White
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.
Try a Bold Accent
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.
Accent With White
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.
Choose Vintage Furniture
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.
Add Pattern and Geometry
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.
Embrace Rough Edges
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.
Add a Surprise Element
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.
Stencil the Floor
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.
Add Whimsical Lighting
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.
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.
Paint It Black
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.
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.
Accent With Color
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.
Use the Ceiling
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.
Keep It Minimal
Limit the Color Palette
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.
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.
Use Tall Planters
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.
Install Heat Lamps
Warm With Brick
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.
Tile the Floor
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.
Add a Console Table
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.
Build It Out
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.
Decorate With Mirrors
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.
Add Midcentury Modern Style
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.
String Up Some Shade Sails
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.
Add Modern Farmhouse Vibes
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.
Sting Up Twinkle Lights
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.
Add a Canopied Daybed
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.
Add Entertainment Options
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.
Make a Rustic Canopy
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.
Carve Out a Skylight
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.
Hang a Vintage Fountain
A wall-mounted vintage fountain adds charm to this Parisian courtyard patio designed by Vanessa Scoffier at the Hotel Henriette.
Zone It Out
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.
Add a Pair of Sconces
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.
Make It Tropical
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.
Layer Outdoor Rugs
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.
Use Decorative Lighting
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.
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.
Install a Cabana
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.
Add an Indoor-Outdoor Bar
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.
Add Seasonal Decor
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.
Use High Contrast
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.
Add Cozy Seating
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.
Dress It Up
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.
Add a Kilim Pouf
Create a Hybrid Space
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.
Add Twin Sofas
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.
Hang a Lacy Shade Sail
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.
Mount a Gazebo
Hang a Hammock
A large hammock creates an ideal napping spot on this patio from Fantastic Frank that is partially shaded by a pergola overhead.
Set Up a Canopy
A 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.
Build an Extension
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.
Add a Blanket Ladder
Add Modular Furniture
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.
Green the Pergola
A pergola strung with green vines softens this partially covered patio from Leanne Ford Interiors while adding storybook vibes.
Use Multifunctional Furniture
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.