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Porch and Patio Ideas to Create the Outdoor Oasis of Your Dreams

Porch and Patio Ideas to Create the Outdoor Oasis of Your Dreams

Porch and Patio Ideas to Create the Outdoor Oasis of Your Dreams. Even if a renovation isn’t on your to-do list, it’s still possible to expand your home’s footprint. Vertical gardens, stylish patio furniture, and clever lighting ideas can make your porch or patio one of the best spaces in your house. Browse some of our favorite patio and porch decor ideas to craft the perfect outdoor retreat to enjoy all summer long.

These budget-friendly Porch and Patio ideas will work whether you’ve got a huge area or a small space.

1.Try a Foldable Umbrella

Celebrate the arrival of warm weather with a foldable umbrella that will instantly make your space feel chicer.

2.Try an Oversized Ottoman

A large ottoman isn’t just great for serving drinks—it can also function as extra seating.

3.The More Greenery, the Better

Breathe life into your patio with potted plants, hanging planters, and trailing vines.

4. Incorporate Preppy Touches

Embrace your preppy side by opting for gingham cushions to brighten up your space.

5. Hang Paper Lanterns

Enjoy an evening outdoors by illuminating your patio with paper lanterns. Layer them with candlelight to make your outdoor oasis really shine.

6. Put Up a Shelf

Who said shelves can’t be incorporated into outdoor spaces? Consider one to showcase your styling skills or keep entertaining essentials close by.

7.Use a Patterned Stool

A graphic stool can be used to rest drinks or double as extra seating in a pinch.

8.Purchase an All-Weather Patio Set

Durable furniture (think wicker) will carry you through season after season. Give it a fresh look with graphic cushions and pillows.

9.Add a Flower Box to the Fence

If you’ve had enough of your drab fence, turn it into a conversation starter with a simple flower box.

10.Experiment with a Hanging Candle Holder

If you’re dining al fresco, make your table arrangement more inviting by dressing up a hanging candle holder with faux greenery.

11. Go Big With Pillows

Oversized pillows can hide any unforgiving marks or nicks in your furniture. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely want them all to be the same shade or pattern to help bring the room together.

12.Stick With a Theme

The owners of this gorgeous patio stuck with an Americana theme throughout each piece of decor and furniture, creating a comfortable yet cohesive space.

13.Grow Your Porch With Pavers

Lay stone patio tiles next to an existing deck to expand the usable space. Neutral stone creates the perfect canvas for all styles. Leave it bare or cover it partially with an outdoor rug.

14.Hang an Instant Green Wall

Floating plants are like a gallery wall for the outdoors! Attach flat-backed planters to the slats using zip ties or small hooks. Include plant, flower, and herb varieties for maximum interest.

15.Put a Garden Bench to Work

Think of a gardening table as a multi-use station for all your backyard duties, from repotting plants to serving up food and drinks for guests. Paint it a bright color or add hooks for further customization.

16.Transform a Window Into an Outdoor Bar

With a single trip to the hardware store, you can create a clever serving and hangout area close to your kitchen. For the serving ledge, install sturdy brackets (they should be slightly shorter than the depth of the board) to the exterior wall under a window and screw a painted piece of plywood on top. Highlighting the window with with a charming awning will make it appear bigger.

17.Paint the Fence Black

Make your outdoor space feel even more like a private enclave by installing a high fence and painting it a chic, muted shade of black, like designer Megan Pflug did here. (This shade is Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore.)

18.Cozy Up on an XL Outdoor Sofa

This entertaining all-star has a place outside the living room! In outdoor-friendly materials and clever configurations, a multi-piece sectional can turn your patio into a party-ready hangout spot. Layer in an outdoor rug and some colorful pillows and you’ve got yourself a pretty new spot to lounge day or night.

19.Create a Backdoor Perch

Here’s an easy way to keep the house clean: Stick a bench on the porch to give kids a place to ditch muddy shoes.

20.Relax on Poolside Loungers

No matter the size of your pool, tasseled towels and fringed umbrellas will make you feel like you’re at a fancy resort. Don’t forget the giant swan float!

21.Get Creative With Bricks

Build a fire pit fast and get straight to s’mores. Curved paving stones hold steady without mortar, making this a 30-minute project. Metal patio chairs add a hit of color and a retro vibe.

22.Make Your Own Outdoor Bar

Stock a wheelie cart with entertaining essentials — like napkins, cups, and straws — and let your drinks follow the action.

23.Make Your Own Outdoor Bar

Stock a wheelie cart with entertaining essentials — like napkins, cups, and straws — and let your drinks follow the action.

24.Build a Backyard Bonfire

Transform a patch of grass into a camp-like retreat right in your backyard. To create a pebble patio, simply build a wooden border and fill it with gravel. Outfit with a set of Adirondack chairs.

25.Go Bold With Geometric Flooring

Let your patio floors do the talking. Instead of adding new floors or tiles, refresh the space with painted geometric designs.

Showcase Plants on a Tiered Display

Convert a wooden ladder into a space-saving stand for flowers, veggies, and herbs. It’s as easy as adding a few shelves and a coat of paint.

26. DIY a Side Table

A set of rustic shutters can become the perfect plant stand. Don’t even worry about painting — the weathered finish adds to the effect.

27.Link Indoor and Outdoor Furniture

Keeping the same color scheme between indoors and out helps to connect the spaces seamlessly. Here, retractable glass panels turn the patio into an extension of the living room.

28. DIY a Side Table

A set of rustic shutters can become the perfect plant stand. Don’t even worry about painting — the weathered finish adds to the effect.

29.Make an Outdoor Dining Room

A moonlit setting can turn weeknight leftovers into a picture-perfect moment. Just take an unused corner and outfit it with outdoor-friendly pillows and lighting — voilà!

30.Add a Cozy Daybed

Colorful throws and pillows create a comfy, party-ready vibe. Turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater (it’s possible!) by projecting films on the side of your house.

31.Invest in Comfy Chairs

Bring the comforts of your home outside with plush seating and cozy decor. On this California terrace, a striped canopy serves as an impromptu ceiling.

32.Use Colorful Cushions

A day by the pool should absolutely include a nap in a lounge chair. This Florida home embraced its beachy surrounding by outfitting chaises with striped orange pillows.

33.Hang String Lights

A set of twinkly lights turns any outdoor space (even a tiny one!) into an ideal spot for entertaining. Whitney Leigh Morris, the Creative Director of Tiny Canal Cottage, made this small space next to her Southern California home the perfect place for al fresco dinners with friends.

34.DIY a Plant Wall

Lean louvers against an exterior wall and uses the slats as vertical planters. Watch out: Succulents can survive almost anything, but direct sun will scorch ’em. Put them on the shady side of your home.

35.Make a Portable Planter

Make relocating succulents a snap by popping them in a vintage tool box. The best part? Even tiny patios can fit one of these.

35.Imagine Your Deck Is a Living Room

If you have a large deck, create distinct zones for lounging and dining. This water-resistant rug with no-fade stripes helps establish a conversation spot.

36.Upcycle a Shoe Holder

Hang an over-the-door shoe holder on a fence, tucking herbs into the compartments for a quick vertical planter.

37.DIY a Pallet Garden

See? You can have a garden without dealing with weeds. For this rustic arrangement, screw hardware-store hose clamps on a wood pallet and pop the pots right in.

38.Hang Sheer Panels

Window treatments don’t have to only go on windows. Breezy white curtains create a shady oasis when mounted on a porch ceiling.

40.Add a Galvanized Touch

While not everyone can fit a stock pool, inexpensive galvanized-steel washtubs can still decorate your patio. This long, low oval version, with drainage holes poked in the bottom, shows off a bumper basil crop.

41.Convert a Light For Outdoor Use

Can’t find and outdoor light fixture that fits your style? You’re in luck! Try out your handyman skills with this helpful guide from A Beautiful Mess on how to make an indoor pendant suitable for the outdoors.

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