These days nothing excites people quite like the opportunity for fresh air. And since we’re not exactly going anywhere anytime soon, outdoor decor ideas can help transform your open-air space into a makeshift summer sanctuary.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have a private backyard or you routinely squeeze onto your balcony for some vitamin D, this summer is about al fresco hangs—even the CDC agrees. If you’ve never thought about outdoor decorating, you don’t need much to turn your space into a functional hangout spot. From small bistro tables and planters to patio furniture and collapsible lawn chairs, there’s a lot you can do with a few square feet. Ahead, 24 outdoor decor ideas to help you make the most of summer.
Communal roof decor
Many city dwellers have communal rooftops at their disposal, which require furniture and accessories that you can easily disassemble and store in your apartment. This particular outdoor space calls for comfy collapsible lawn chairs (the REI x West Elm collection is calling our name), a breezy linen blanket, and a picnic basket—and don’t forget your masks and hand sanitizer.
Modern Melamine Dinnerware
$10.00, West Elm x Rei
Kesslyr Dean Block Print Linen Throw
Low Lawn Chair
$60.00, REI x West Elm
Wine & Cheese Picnic Basket
Balcony decorating ideas
Despite the limited room, balconies have a lot of design potential. Make over your space and go the entertaining route with a three-piece bistro set (wine and cheese sold separately), or create lounge vibes with a reclining chaise (just make sure to measure before making any purchases). Spruce up the concrete floor with easy and affordable decking, then complete the look with decorative railing planters and cushion covers. If you’re looking for more DIY ideas, consider installing a wall planter or vertical garden for trailing plants.
Foldable Outdoor Table + Chairs Set
Cabana Outdoor Seat Cushion
Railing Balcony Planter
Happy Trails Collection
Small Marble Cheese Board & Spreader
Runnen Outdoor Decking
Outdoor patio ideas
Falling somewhere in between a balcony and a backyard, your front porch or backyard patio is perfect for cozy yet compact outdoor furniture, like cushioned lounge chairs or a small love seat if space allows. Set up a proper seating area by investing in a sturdy side or coffee table for food or books, and tie your outdoor living room together with statement lanterns and a scuff-resistant rug. Greenery wouldn’t hurt either, but opt for low-maintenance plants, like succulents—just make sure you use terra-cotta pots when giving them a home.
Tula Lily Lounge Chair
Outdoor Wooden Love Seat With Cushions
$256.00, All Modern
Footed Terra-Cotta Planters
Tile Painted Outdoor Side Table
$149.00, Urban Outfitters
Skagerak Bell Lantern
$175.00, Goodee World
Beige Patterned Outdoor Rug
Backyard decor ideas
If you have a private backyard or patio, you don’t need us to tell you to take advantage of every square inch. Use large planter boxes to line the perimeter with insulating foliage, and add texture with an outdoor flat-weave rug. Make an outdoor couch or sectional the focal point of the space, and drape cozy blankets and throw pillows over it for color. Since you’ll be using it frequently this summer, invest in outdoor lighting, or for a budget-friendly solution, decorate it with string lights to transition the space from day to night. Add some flourishes, like a fire pit if you have the room, an umbrella if you don’t have tree cover, and pepper citronella candles throughout to keep bugs at bay.
Christopher Knight Home Outdoor Wood Loveseat
Galvanzied Charcoal Planter Box
Hand-Woven Flat-Weave Rug
Julie Throw Pillow
Water-Resistant 6′ Round Umbrella
$199.00, Pottery Barn
66′ Copper String Lights (200 LED)
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