10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio This Summer

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Chances are, you’re going to be spending a lot more time in your outdoor space this summer compared to previous years. No matter if you have an expansive yard or a small balcony space, there are plenty of ways to make the area inviting. To get you started, we rounded up some of our favorite pieces that will spruce up any patio.

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1. Canopy

Made of durable fabric attached to lightweight steel, this shelter is easy to assemble. It comes with mosquito netting, but we love the idea of hanging inexpensive white sheets as gathered curtains instead.

bistro set

2. Bistro Set

Even the smallest of spaces can become a happy breakfasting spot with matching table and chairs. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a flaky croissant under the warm summer sun. Bonus points if the birds are chirping.

statement rug
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3. Statement Rug

Nothing brings a room, even an outdoor one, like a great rug. This upbeat navy pattern hides foot traffic and its polypropylene construction resists mildew and fading.

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double hammock

4. Double Hammock

Forget that rough mesh. This hammock is made from tightly-woven cotton and is finished with minimalist crocheted details. Don’t have a tree to hang it from? It comes with its own space-saving stand and a carrying bag.

dog hammock

5. Dog Hammock

Why should you be the only one to enjoy breezes under your bum? An elevated dog bed ensures your best friend is as comfy as you are. Psst, don’t forget to leave a cold bowl of water outside for them too!

pendant light

6. Pendant Light

For anyone with a covered deck, we love the idea of a pair of these marking the perimeter with chic pendant lights. Ask an electrician to install them along with dimmer switches so that you can enjoy your outdoor space after-hours.

offset umbrella
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7. Offset Umbrella

The preferred way of throwing shade at resorts worldwide is an adjustable umbrella. This versatile item can protect a seating arrangement or a dining table without requiring an unsightly pole in the middle.

throw pillows

8. Throw Pillows

Just like in your living room, there’s no better way to refresh a space than with a few new pillows. For that pro-decorator look, order a slew, including a couch bolster, in coordinating colors and patterns.

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fire pit
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9. Fire Pit

Honestly, summer isn’t complete if you don’t sit around a fire at least once. Opt for one that uses propane, so you don’t have to worry about buying or chopping any wood (and you won’t be stuck smelling like a campfire afterward). Simply turn it on and you’re ready to go.

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10. Container Plants

Adding plants to any patio will instantly add color and life. Be sure to choose plants that will thrive in your space. If it’s covered by trees, go with caladium or coleus, and if it’s flooded with sun, plant hibiscus or regal geraniums.


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