Patio Accessories: Ideas and Options

Learn about new ideas and options for enhancing your patio with accessories.
Outdoor Great Room Patio Pergola

Outdoor Great Room Patio Pergola

By: Sean McEvoy

Your new patio is just about finished. Construction is done, you've picked out the furniture, but something's missing—and it's that extra bit of design "oomph" that can only be provided by the right set of patio accessories.

Whether you're adding bursts of color with weather-resistant pillows and cushions, or encasing your whole patio in a privacy-providing trellis or shrubbery, accessorizing your outdoor space can be fun, easy and surprisingly affordable.

9 Patio Design Ideas

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

Start by giving those tired old furniture cushions an upgrade with some lively accent pillows. A base cushion in grey, taupe or beige will always respond well to a strategically placed, eye-catching throw pillow.

Consider adding a water feature—like a fountain, man-made stream or small pond—to your patio to emphasize the interplay between outdoor and indoor spaces.

You may want to add some plants to your patio so that guests will feel even closer to nature while they're enjoying your outdoor space.

Umbrellas or awnings to provide shade are always a nice touch, particularly if your patio has a lot of sun exposure.

Lastly, you may want to consider a small bar or bar cart to underline the fact that your patio is a place to relax and unwind.

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