Simple ideas to style your patio and create a beautiful backyard oasis for family and friends to enjoy all summer. Practical and affordable inspiration.
Last year I shared how we put together our outdoor patio space. We created two seating areas to either sit under the shade of a pergola or around a cozy fire. You can see all the details here.
We didn’t change the layout of our patio this summer. Actually it looks very much the same with the structures and furniture placement. However, I do love how simple it is to change up the look of an outdoor space without breaking the bank.
Here are some simple ways to give your space a fresh feel…
Potted Flowers and Plants
I’m not much of a gardener but I do love adding annuals to flower pots around my outdoor spaces. Using different styles and sizes with the containers creates interest but using only black and galvanized planters keep a cohesive look on the patio.
For the past several summers I’ve planted SunPatiens variety of annual flowers to my large whiskey barrel style planters. You can check them out here. But this year I was a bit eager to plant flowers and when I went to our local garden center they didn’t have my new favorite SunPatiens yet in stock.
Since I was a little early buying flowers this year I went with wave petunias since the garden center had them in stock. And I’m actually loving how much the red petunias have filled in the extra-large planter and even spill over the edges.
Mixing in a couple of plants with my annual flowers helps style the space in front of the two accent tables. Adding faux plants means less watering and they won’t look droopy by the end of the summer. Sounds like a win-win to me!
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Candles and Lanterns
What’s better than candlelight at night in your outdoor living room? Adding several large lanterns both wood and metal finishes filled with battery operated outdoor candles is an essential element in styling your patio.
And you can just throw a string of wooden beads around the lantern handle for some extra farmhouse style charm.
Cozy Seating with Comfy Pillows
Lots of fluffy comfortable throw pillows not only looks pretty but also creates a place where you want to kick back and relax. I chose neutral pillow colors to keep with the serene vibe of the space.
The black and white pillows also give me the modern farmhouse feel that I love so much! I recommend using pillows made specifically for outdoors if you plan on leaving them out all the time. But if you bring your pillows in at the end of each day then you can use any fabric.
No outdoor space would be complete without string lights. Am I right? I mean seriously they just add so much to a backyard. They are an inexpensive way to decorate your outdoor living area.
And if you don’t have a pergola to string your lights from don’t worry…there are so many ideas. You can build posts and string lights from the posts, hang lights around your deck railings or fence, or even string lights through the trees in your backyard.
I hope I gave you some simple and affordable ideas to create your backyard oasis! If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me, or leave a comment! Follow us over on Instagram and Facebook to see everything we’re up to.
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