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Photography by Keith Isaacs

Come summer—when it’s safe to say that we find ourselves spending the better part of our days outdoors—establishing a comfortable living area within the exterior of a home can, and will, undoubtedly present itself in myriad ways. For the urban dweller, this may come in the form of a fire escape paired with a single plant, while on the other end of the spectrum, it’s all about sprawling lawns and polished gardens. Regardless of what your outdoor space looks like, a little decorative inspiration can definitely come in handy. Ahead, a peek at the best patio ideas we spotted on Pinterest to hopefully inspire a little revamp of your own.

Photography by Meghan Mcneer

Who said your patio furniture had to be completely color-coded? This vibrant scene from Jamaica’s Skylark Negril Beach Resort proves just that—the subtly coordinated palette of vibrant reds and blues serve up a major dose of character, especially when paired against a whitewashed backdrop. Black and white tiled flooring invites an element of interest while the surrounding palms reinforce the tropical vibe.

Photography by MIKKEL VANG

When your home is by the beach, you make the most of it by creating a living space that blissfully blurs the line between indoors and out. Just take note from this Montauk summer home, where a large-scale Moroccan rug helps designate the confines of the dining room, which sits just outside the main structure of the house.

Photography by Wynn Meyers

Kim West’s Austin bungalow pretty much sums up every one of our summer goals. Consider it poolside splendor at its best. This alluring scene is all about the captivating hues of the water and vibrant patterns of the pillows and poufs, which oh-so-perfectly complement the soothing blues.

Photography by SARA & RICH COMBS

If simplicity is more your scene, then take a style cue from this Joshua Tree home, which makes the most of its serene surround. An eclectically-sourced fence crafted of salvaged wood beams establish a reprise from the endless desert landscape, forming a cozy albeit modest nook.


File this one under the more untraditional of outdoor spaces. Featuring a matte black exterior paint and matching pair of outdoor seating, this scene is all about edge and fearless design. Soft-toned concrete flooring and a warm wood side table add a hint of warmth to the space.

Photography by tigmi trading

What outdoor setting is complete sans a hammock? This raffia version exudes effortless perfection, fitting in with its serene surrounding. Looking to recreate the scene? Throw in a patterned area rug for good measure.


Classic Moroccan meets California cool in this shaded patio, which beautifully marries color, texture, and prints with effortless ease. Looking to recreate a similar vibe? Paint an accent wall in a dusty rose and source vintage furnishings from a local flea market. Mix and match pillows, embracing a diverse palette of complementary hues, and complete the scene with plenty of fresh greens.

Photography by bohemian raw
We’re all about an outdoor space fully decked with bold colors and vibrant prints and this quintessentially boho space does just that. Embodying the rich textures of its surrounding elements, the neutral characteristics of the upholstery and furnishings instill an elegant yet comfortable feel. This just may be the perfect spot for an evening of entertaining.
Photography by JARED VIA SUGAR & CLOTH
A summer-ready pool means an abundance of inflatable water toys and a poolside setup. This spot definitely nailed the look. No pool? No problem. Set out a cluster of outdoor floor pillows and rugs to create a cozy hangout. Add in the cocktails, and you’ll hardly notice a difference.

See the rest of this charming setup on Sugar & Cloth!

Photography by jonas Berg via Stadshem

Small-space city living can have its perks, especially if you’re lucky enough to have an apartment with outdoor space (read teeny, tiny balcony). No matter the size, outfit the area with a set of bistro chairs and matching table to create the ultimate

breakfast nook

Discover more ways to make the most of your outdoor space: These Are The Latest Trends In Decorating The Outdoors Your No-Fail Guide to Designing an Outdoor Living Room How to Grow a Lush Garden In The City

This story was originally published on June 23, 2015,  it has been updated with new information.