11 Easy, Breezy Patio Decorating Ideas for Spring

It's time to come out of winter hibernation! We've got 11 quick and easy ways to make your outdoor space more comfortable and inviting for warm-weather entertaining.

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March 30, 2016

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Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Use Indoor Accessories

Don’t limit yourself to just outdoor furnishings when it comes to making your outdoor spaces comfortable and inviting. Bring out your favorite throw pillows and blankets when you’re ready to entertain.

Opt for Weather-Friendly Faux Finishes

Keep an eye out for furnishings with attractive faux finishes that will hold up to the elements. This table looks like weathered wood, but it’s actually a lightweight metal.

Paint Dated Brick

Even the ugliest brick, whether it’s on the wall or a patio floor, can be dealt with quickly and affordably. Go with a high-quality paint in a classic shade, or try something new with a bold, fresh hue. You’ll be glad you did.

Ground the Space

Nothing defines and grounds a space faster than a rug or two. If you have a large area and your budget is tight, consider putting two rugs together.

Add Privacy + Shade

Whether you have neighbors right on top of you or you live on a five-acre lot, outdoor curtains are always a good idea. They provide privacy and shade so you can enjoy your outdoor living areas without having to endure the sun’s scorching rays.

Create a Focal Point

Consider creating a focal point on a patio wall or fence. Blank spaces are nothing more than an artist’s canvas, so do your thing! We used four quarts of paint and a template; the funky design of the mural really helped renew an aging fence. Get the How-To >>

Give Old Furniture New Life

Before you put an old dresser or console on the curb, consider giving it new life as a hard-working piece of outdoor furniture. A fresh coat of exterior paint, new rope pulls and affordable pegboard transformed this castoff into the perfect spot for mixing up a cocktail or potting spring florals. Get the How-To >>

Add Ambient Lighting

When it comes to outdoor entertaining after dark, ambient lighting adds sophistication to any get-together. Sure, real candlelight is nice, but the convenience and safety of today’s programmable battery-operated LED candles are hard to resist. 

Go Vertical With Greenery

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, consider going vertical. Whether it’s faux or real, going up the walls with greenery is a great way to soften hard surfaces and add a “living” element to your overall decor.

Mix in Mix-and-Match Planters

Upgrade your planters, and be sure to mix and match colors, shapes and sizes. The key is to keep all the planters in the same general style or color family for a cohesive look. Groupings in odd numbers look best.

Go With a Bold Palette

One way to give your patio or porch some instant personality is with bold color. For example, mix similar shades of blues and greens; it will give you a layered look that’s vibrant without being too busy. Spring Colors to Try Now >>

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