Outdoor Living: Easy Patio Decorating Ideas and Design Tips for Transforming Your Backyard

Outdoor living space with eucalyptus patio furniture

When’s the last time you made over your backyard space? Or maybe you moved into a new house and don’t know what to do with your outdoor living space. Whatever the case may be, we have some decorating ideas and design tips that can help you create a backyard space you and your family will love. Not only will your outdoor area be stylish, but it will be functional as well. So sit back and relax, and let’s explore the world of outdoor living.

Use These Decorating Ideas and Design Tips to Create Your Ideal Outdoor Living Space

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Creating an outdoor living space may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. All you have to do is incorporate key pieces. And it doesn’t matter if you have a large or small space, work with what you have. Below are decorating ideas and design tips that you can use to create a backyard space that’s stylish and functional.

Tip #1 – Create an Inviting Gathering Spot

It’s important to create a space on your deck or patio that provides a comfortable space for you and your family and friends. If you have a large area, furnish it with an outdoor couch, end tables, chairs, a sideboard, and cocktail table. If you have a small space, use tables and chairs to create an inviting spot to hang out. Also, consider the type of patio furniture. For example, eucalyptus wood is durable and sustainable. However, you may prefer the look of wicker patio furniture. No matter what you choose, dress up your furniture with colorful outdoor cushions and throw pillows. Mix and match patterns and styles to design a unique look.

Tip #2 – Set Up a Cooking and Serving Area

If you have a grill or grill area, design around it. Add an outdoor console table or sideboard so you can place grill tools on top of it along with plates and platters. Store aprons, aluminum foil, and BBQ grill accessories on shelves and inside. Next, choose your patio dining set. They come in different styles and colors, including wood, aluminum, and wicker. Some even have a built-in umbrella holder.  If you have a small space, choose a bistro set or create a unique look with a retro table and chair set. Finally, add drinkware and serveware, including fun glasses, an inflatable serving bar, iced serving bowl, portable ice maker, and more. Lastly, keep drinks cold in coolers and beverage tubs.

Tip #3 – Create Warmth with Heaters and Fire Pits

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Don’t let chilly weather stop you from enjoying your backyard living space. Outdoor heaters and fire pits will keep you and your guests warm and cozy. Some heaters have Bluetooth® technology, which means you can listen to your favorite music or sports games. Firepits are available in gas or wood burning. The latter may remind you of sitting around a campfire as a kid and toasting marshmallows or making s’mores. No matter which option you choose, you and your guests won’t mind being outside when the weather gets cooler.

Tip #4 – Position the Dining Area Toward the Best View

If you’re going to eat outside, consider placing your dining area toward the best view. Whether it’s lush trees, a mountain, lake, ocean, or garden, make sure it’s a great place to spend time with family and friends. The memories you’ll make will last forever. In fact, you may want to capture moments with your smartphone so that you can look back at the pictures and videos with fondness.

Tip #5 – Incorporate Outdoor Lighting to Set the Mood

Bring a little ambiance to your backyard space with outdoor lighting. But with so many options, where do you start? First, consider your space. If you can string patio lights, go for it! They’ll add a fun flair to any gathering. Or perhaps you’d like to line your landscape with pathway lights or lanterns. These come in many styles and colors and some can be hung on a shepherd’s hook. Other options include table and floor lamps. Keep in mind that some outdoor lighting is solar powered and will require at least 7-8 hours of daylight to charge. Of course, it will need to be dark for the lights to shine.

Tip #6 – Create Privacy with Outdoor Curtains

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You may want a little privacy from your neighbors, so consider adding outdoor curtains to your backyard space. They come in grommet top and tab-top. Our blog post, Grommet Curtains vs Tab Top Curtains, explains the difference between the two. They’re both easy to hang, but each has different features and benefits. Outdoor curtains come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To create a unique look, mix and match colors and patterns.

Tip #7 – Keep the Bugs Away with Repellent and Traps

To keep the bugs away, you may want to use candles, torches, and citronella, which is distilled from two grass varieties, one of which is lemongrass. Its color varies from yellow to brown and it has a grassy/floral scent. You may also want to use insect repellents like a solar bug zapper lantern. Set it on a table or hang on a branch or hook. And to keep insects away from food, cover them with food tents.

Tip #8 – Accent the Look and Style of Your Backyard Space with Wall Decor

Hanging artwork or a wall clock will enhance your outdoor living space, so choose items that will give your backyard a distinctive look. For instance, if you have a nautical theme, hang a ship’s wheel wall clock on a wall and perhaps a painting of the ocean. However, you may consider using cultural pieces that tie-in to your family’s heritage. It will make your outdoor living space feel even more special.

Tip #9 – Set Up a Backyard Drive-In for Movies Under the Stars

What’s more fun than watching movies in your outdoor living space? With a WiFi enabled backyard drive-in, you and your guests can enjoy seeing a movie under the stars. It’s the perfect activity for BBQs and graduation, birthday, and Halloween parties. The only dilemma you’ll have is choosing a movie. Maybe you can put names into a hat and pull one out.

Are You Ready to Transform Your Backyard into Paradise?

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Take advantage of the great outdoors and create a backyard space that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Just remember to consider the size of your space. But the rule of them is less is always more. You don’t want to overdecorate and fill your area to the point it feels claustrophobic. Choose outdoor furniture that has form and function. And, of course, don’t be afraid to incorporate color. Incorporate accent pieces that will bring out the beauty of your outdoor space.

Use our decorating ideas and design tips to create a backyard space. And if you have any you’d like to share, we’d love to know what they are. Leave a comment!

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