The Best Spring Upgrades to Make to Your Patio

From sunny outdoor rugs to an Adirondack chair the color of a robin's egg, these are fun additions to your patio that will make it instantly feel like spring.

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April 13, 2023

The moment the weather warms up and you can sit outside with a light jacket, only a few things can enhance the experience: a cold beverage, a beautiful view and a comfortable seat. And if all three of those can be on your own patio? Well, that’s just perfect. But after a long winter full of dreary weather, blowing winds and slush-gray snow, there are probably some things to be updated. Of course, a good spring cleaning will do wonders, but after you’ve scrubbed all the loose leaves, grime and dirt off, you may still think the patio needs a little more sprucing up. That’s where these bright, cheery spring updates come in. The idea is not to do a whole renovation, but rather a refresher. If you want to spend under $100, add a few lanterns and an outdoor pillow or two. If you’re looking to spend under $250, you can add in a colorful rug or end table. And if you have a little more to spare, a bistro table and a few cushions will be all you need for a complete spring-forward patio makeover. We found some of the sunniest spring upgrades on Amazon below.

Add Some Color

Adding color to an otherwise monotone patio will give new life to the same basic furniture sets. A steel red bench, an eye-catching side table, a turquoise Adirondack chair or the happiest welcome mat are all easy ways to create visual interest without having to go overboard with excessive patterns or too many new furniture pieces. And something like a bright orange patio umbrella that has LED lights underneath will take the party from morning to night.

Add Throw Pillows + Cushions

Pillow covers and cushions are the easiest and most affordable way to add spring cheer, especially if you lean on bright colors, florals or pastels. Since most of these are covers, if you don’t have pillow inserts already, you can find some nice waterproof outdoor options on Amazon, too. And if you’ve never upgraded your patio furniture cushions, now’s the time! You can choose from plain tufted options or more ornate patterns, but either way, they’ll feel fresh and new.

Add New Accessories + Lighting

If you’re happy with your patio setup for the most part but still want to make little upgrades and improvements, things like decor and lightning are where you should start. For one, you can always use more lighting, especially as parties linger past sunset. And it doesn’t hurt that it makes everything look more magical. Plus, some nice pieces of decor like garden art or a bird bath can bring even more personality to your space.

Add Fresh Area Rugs

Outdoor rugs can get caked-in grime and dirt on them quickly, even if you’re hosing them down regularly. If it’s been a few years since you replaced yours, try out a beautiful and bright option from some of our favorites below. If you’ve never had an outdoor rug, you don’t know what you’re missing out on: it makes things feel even more cozy and comfortable.

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