12 Patio Decor For Summer Ideas & How To Decorate Backyard

It’s easy to neglect decorating the patio and deck. There’s so much awesome nature around that you don’t really need a whole lot of patio decor.

But a few small touches will go a really long way.

You do need to have a careful eye when you’re picking out patio stuff, though. You can take a detour into Tacky World real quick with outdoor patio stuff.

I picked some of my favorite patio decor ideas that should keep you on the right path. You can go big with a water feature or go small with something as simple as some greenery.

12 Patio Decor Ideas For Summer

Citronella Candles

Citronella candle trio for the patio

If you want to sit outside around dusk, you’re going to need something to keep the bugs away. It’s just a fact of summertime life.

You might as well get some really pretty Citronella candles so your patio looks amazing AND is bug-free. It’s a win, win.

Pretty Painted Planter

Pretty Painted patio Planter

If you love flowers and plants, you should have some on your patio in a beautifully painted planter like this one. I can just see some lush something or other flowers in there, right?

Or, do a DIY project. You probably have old planters that you could give a fresh coat of paint and make whatever color you need. 

Stencil Tiles

Ready to turn your patio from drab to fab? Let’s talk paint and stencils, my friends! Your once-plain-Jane concrete patio will come alive with color and pattern, promising to wow your guests at every summer barbecue. Who knew concrete could steal the show from your wicker furniture?

Outdoor Rugs

If painting concrete is too much, buy a new rug.  IMHO, area rugs are transformative for any space, including the outdoors.  It can change the whole look and vibe.  It’s my favorite thing to implement all the patio ideas

Summery Serving Tray

Serving Tray for Patio Decor

One thing you will definitely love to have specifically for outdoor dining is a pretty, bright serving tray.

It always seems to be the place where you are carrying multiple drinks, chips, hot dogs, and sunscreen to. All at once.

A beautiful melamine tray is lightweight and difficult to break. It can break, but it is more durable than say, glass or ceramic. 

Or in case it’s rum and cokes you’re carrying on that tray and you’ve already had a couple.

A Water Feature

Water feature

There’s nothing so mesmerizing as watching the movement of water. It doesn’t have to be a big old fountain like the one I chose, there are smaller tabletop ones or wall hung ones that you might love, too.

Outdoor Pillows

Weatherproof pillows for the patio, floral blue with green and pink.

A really simple way to bring life to your patio is to add a couple of bright outdoor throw pillows. You have them on the couch inside the house, right?

It’s kind of unexpected to see a throw pillow outside, but it definitely makes the patio a little bit more inviting. Especially if you love a nap in the sunshine. With sunscreen.

If your patio furniture is a little worse for wear, this is a great way to inject some freshness into it.

Cedar Spiral

Cedar patio decor

I discovered cedar spirals when I was researching wind chimes. They are kind of hypnotic but in a good way.

I love the look of raw cedar, the colors are beautiful. This is perfect for a natural, woodsy patio.

And the way they move in the wind just lets your mind drift off.

A Hanging Planter

Rustic black hanging planter

Get those beautiful potted flowers up at eye level with a great hanging planter. If you’re good with flowers, might as well have them everywhere.

This rustic look is great for the patio and they come in a couple of different colors.

I think this black one sets off the colorful blooms perfectly.


outdoor candles on a patio, patio decor for summer design ideas

Ok, these are outdoor pillar candles are cool! I bought these for myself when I found out they existed. I didn’t know they made these for outside. Say what?! Your summer get togethers will definitely be a whole vibe.

Lettered Patio Sign

Lettered Patio Sign - Welcome to the Patio - Sit Long Drink Much Laugh Often

I hope the lettered sign trend never goes away. I love words and I love simplicity.

This is both, to me.

It’s the perfect complement to any patio where laughing and drinking might happen.

Painted Dragonfly

Pretty painted dragonfly

Nothing says summer to me like a dragonfly. I am afraid of them but also mesmerized by them.

This is perfect as a centerpiece on the patio wall. You don’t need a whole lot more than this. Or you start to stray off into Tacky Land, ok?

How to decorate your backyard for summer?

1. Choose Outdoor Furniture Wisely

Start with the basics: comfortable and durable outdoor furniture. Your selection should be based on how you intend to use your space. If you envision hosting family meals outdoors, a sturdy dining table and chairs are essential. For a relaxation zone, consider cozy loungers, hammocks, or a daybed. An outdoor rug can add a splash of color and make the area feel more like an outdoor room. Choose furniture that can withstand summer weather, and don’t forget to add colorful, weather-resistant cushions for extra comfort.

2. Establish Zones for Different Activities

Much like your home’s interior, outdoor living can be divided into different zones for dining, relaxing, and playing. A patio set can from the dining area, comfortable lounge chairs can make up the relaxation zone, and an open space can serve as a play area for kids. If you’re a grill master, consider setting up a barbecue station. This division not only creates a flow but also makes the space more functional.

3. Liven Up the Space with Plants

Plants can instantly make your backyard feel like a lush summer retreat. Potted plants are a great option if you’re short on space or have a paved yard. For larger yards, consider planting a variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees. If you want to add height, consider climbing plants like roses or ivy. Consider plants that repel mosquitoes like lavender, rosemary, or marigolds for added functionality.

4. Light Up Outdoor Spaces

The right lighting can transform your backyard into a magical summer night haven. String lights draped from trees or along fences create a festive atmosphere. Solar-powered lanterns or LED candles can provide a warm glow without the need for electricity. For safety, ensure paths and stairs are well-lit.

5. Add a Fire Pit or Chiminea

A firepit or a chiminea can serve as a focal point in your backyard. It provides warmth for those cooler summer nights and is also a great spot for toasting marshmallows. There are many options available, from traditional wood-burning fire pits to more modern, gas-powered versions.

6. Consider a Shade Solution

Summer sun can be intense, so consider incorporating shade solutions into your design. An umbrella, pergola, or gazebo can provide much-needed shade during the day. For a more natural option, consider planting trees that will grow to provide a canopy of shade.

7. Infuse Personality with Accessories

Finally, let your personality shine through in your decor. Bright cushions, a colorful outdoor rug, unique planters, or a painted mural on a fence can all add character. Choose a color scheme that complements your home’s exterior and natural surroundings.

Summer is synonymous with sunny days, warm breezes, and the irresistible allure of spending time outdoors. Your backyard patio, regardless of its size, can become the perfect oasis for summer fun with the right décor style, ambiance, and setup. Use these ideas to spark inspiration and outdoor decor ideas of your own!

If you loved this patio post, you might want to check out these Summer Wreaths, too!

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