While in the process of revamping a home, the outdoor space might get left out. Thinking about it from a functionality standpoint, this is completely understandable: Unless you live in a particularly warm climate, the outdoors are not somewhere you want to be for the majority of the year. It can get cold, and frostbite hasn’t been in style since the Ice Age.
But dining al fresco or hosting an outdoor soirée are both undeniably a few of the best parts of summer so, when the warmer months roll around, having an accessible outside space is ideal. If you’re lucky enough to have one —be it a full backyard-patio situation or a smaller balcony— and don’t know how to decorate it, don’t worry. Once again, Pinterest has come to the rescue with a list of trending ideas to try on your outdoor space.
The bolder, the better. Tiles in all prints and colors are trending this year, and they’re a great way to spice up an outdoor patio if you want to keep your furniture relatively neutral. Emily Henderson’s blue and white tiled patio provides the perfect pop of color without overpowering the space.
Proving that you don’t need a massive backyard to have a chic dining area, this tiled patio perfectly complements the rustic wood beams and simple decor.
Forget Yellow —Tangerine Is The New Color Of The Summer
It’s not a huge surprise that this sunny hue is big for summer, given how quickly it can brighten up even the most drab of spaces. Replicate a find like this vivid tangerine sofa blogger Lucy Williams found in Marrakech, at home for an easy way to infuse some of the shade into your backyard.
Even the tiniest patios can pack a bold punch with the help of the bright shade A simple table and chair set establish the perfect little outdoor dining nook in this 650-square-foot home.
Don’t Neglect The Front Yard
According to Pinterest, front yards are the new backyards. Think: porches, manicured lawns, and well-decorated walkways. We love this gorgeous wrap-around porch from blogger Our Vintage Farmhouse.
If you don’t have a lot of front yard space to work with, simply dressing up your walkway is enough to make a statement. Take a page out of Matthew Cunningham’s book and try lavender. Not only is it a fairly indestructible plant, but it’s also deer-resistant (necessary if you live in a more suburban area).
Outdoor Parties Are The Best Kinds Of Parties
If the weather’s nice, hosting your party outside is a no-brainer. Minimize your indoor-outdoor commute time by bringing the party essentials (a bar, games, and food) outside, like this DIY s’mores bar.
No bar, no problem: A ladder outfitted with some wooden slats makes the perfect DIY drink station. While this particular display was originally intended for a wedding, we think the idea is applicable to all outdoor get-togethers.
Outdoor Gallery Walls
Whether you’re actually bringing your artwork outside or are getting a little more creative with your definition of a gallery wall (we love the idea of using planters instead of more traditional art), give your exterior walls some TLC this summer.
These printed wood tiles from Pottery Barn bring globally-inspired design outdoors. Dress up a plain wall easily by tacking up a few of these in your patio space.
Bring Your Indoor Furniture Out
Outdoor furniture doesn’t actually have to be, well, outdoor furniture. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside during the warmer months, save money on buying entirely new pieces and just move some of your favorites outside.
If you have a porch (or a covered patio) to protect your furniture from the elements, there’s no reason why you can’t bring out your living room furniture. Here, a plush sofa and two coffee tables sit on a jute rug for a modern, whitewashed space.