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77 Chic Patio Decor Ideas for a Better Backyard

Fresh air, fresh looks.

Headshot of Hadley MendelsohnBy Hadley Mendelsohn
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Hadas Dembo

If you're lucky enough to have a patio, you probably want to get as much use out of it as possible. Any size patio can be a comfortable and stylish outdoor lounge, dining area, or game room that you can enjoy year-round if you put a little extra consideration into how you furnish and arrange it. The right patio decor ideas and landscaping can quickly transform an overrun (or neglected) backyard space into a special place to unwind.

Laying out an outdoor room can feel intimidating, but it becomes easier when you think of it as an extension of your home's interior. Break up a large backyard space with multiple, smaller seating areas just as you would an open-concept living room, or pair a dining set with a cozy couch for a natural transition after dinner. Choosing patio decor, furniture, and lighting in colors and styles that coordinate with what you use indoors is another subtle way to make your outdoor space look pulled together.

We're here to help you make that happen. Whether you have a tiny balcony or a sprawling backyard, our guide to creating a luxurious outdoor patio will help you take full advantage of warm weather and extend your outdoor hangs well into the cooler months. So read on for stylish patio decor ideas to try in your own spaces. Fresh air and fresh style ahead.

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Selective Seating

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House Beautiful

For maximum functionality and comfort, choose multiple different kinds of seating so that everyone can have their seat of choice. Fighting over the favorite corner chair will be a thing of the past.


Color Coordinated

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House Beautiful

A large patio can feel overwhelming to decorate intentionally. For a cohesive feel, opt for one color (or pattern) of upholstery fabric.


Prime View

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Thomas Loof

If you have a sprawling and beautiful view, odd are you want to look at it all the time. Situate your patio furniture to have your most comfortable pieces face nature.

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Secret Garden

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House Beautiful

Rather than feeling cramped and claustrophobic, lean into the tall walls of a garden-level patio to create a cozy and private outdoor oasis.


Simply Perfect

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House Beautiful

A large patio doesn't have to include multiple seating areas and large furniture pieces. Instead, focus on what you want to use the space for, like casual meals at a streamlined dining set.


Green Rooms

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House Beautiful

Whether it's a wide-open yard or an airy city balcony, use trailing vines and fast-growing shrubs to create privacy and designate patio zones.

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Cozy Extension

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House Beautiful

In this bedroom-adjacent patio, plush armchairs surrounding a fire-pit make the transition from playtime to bedtime easy as can be.



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Kate Abt

Kate Abt created several different zones in her backyard patio, including a dining area by the grill and a sitting lounge with a firepit. The brick area speaks to the exterior brick facade of the home while the larger stone tiles help to break things up and offer a more contemporary vibe.


Cozy Hardscape

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Alyssa Rosenheck

When working with you on a hardscape backyard space, it's important to find ways to warm it up. A built-in bench with bright green cushions and striped throw pillows make this patio designed by Lindsay Rhodes feel inviting and cozy.

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Multi-Level Lounge

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Tamsin Johnson Interiors

Don't forget to think about your patio from every perspective. Designer Tamsin Johnson gave her tiered patios and balconies the same foundation of white and green-gray stone tiles for a consistent look from above. Modern patio furnishings contrast with the classic checkerboard pattern.


Planted Haven

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Trevor Tondro

Don't forget the potted plants! Designer Madeline Stuart gave the backyard of this SoCal home by architects Wallace Neff and John Byers a dreamy garden oasis feel with antique accent lighting and plenty of bougainvillea. To warm up the patio even further, she added an area rug and opted for chocolate brown cushions.


Herb and Veggie Garden

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Leanne Ford Interiors turned this backyard space into a sweet little garden space with antiques, wildflowers, layers of linens, and a robust garden. If you're looking for loose gravel patio ideas with a shabby chic spin, look no further.

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Geometric Shapes

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This Palo Alto residence designed by Sindhu Peruri features rich textures and relaxing features, like a vertical fountain, a firepit, and string lights. Ottomans bring some contemporary geometric charm and personality.


Modern Meets Natural

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Haris Kenjar

Andy Beers of Ore Studios married the modern, art gallery-esque architecture of this home with the beautiful Pacific North Western forest landscape beautifully. The steel and glass frame and cantilevered style of the home makes it feel like it's floating, and the patio feels like a natural extension with a minimalist railing and bold striped table.


Hanging Hammock

Kevin Scott

At a Seattle home by Studio DIAA that literally floats on water, the occupants hung a hammock for a truly restful backyard experience. They also like to place an essential oil diffuser on the cedar deck to maximize the spa vibes even further. Even if you don't have a floating home of your own, you can still hang a hammock somewhere peaceful on the patio.

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Colorful Textiles

Hadas Dembo

The textiles are what really set this patio designed by Hadas Dembo apart (The cute dog doesn't hurt but guess what? That bandana around its collar certainly ups its charm). From the vibrant, mismatched cushions to said bandana, linen curtains, and table runner, we'd never want to leave this patio.


Game Day Ready

Stephen Karlisch

An outdoor grade pool table on the patio means the party can come outside! Just opposite the custom pool table by Linda Hayslett is a cooking area and banquette for dining and drinks al fresco.


Multi-Level, Multi-Material

Bjorn Wallander

Trees make this Palm Springs oasis designed by Sheldon Harte feel lush while the terra cotta tiles and stone pool deck maintain a sense of place. While the differing materials help accentuate the visual separation between the two patios, they also both thrive under different circumstances (i.e., the pool area needs to be slip-resistant!).

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Many Use Cases

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William Abranowicz

Furniture designer John Houshmand's Mexican property is all about enjoying time outside (in style). This option has tons of seating for larger parties but is also perfect for a quiet catnap. The brick retaining wall speaks to the warm golden cushions, wood tables, terracotta foundation, and bamboo overhang while the stone columns introduce a cooler tone for contrast.


Locally-Sourced Materials

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Designer Maria Augusta Luoro of Guta Louro Designs brought her neglected childhood home back to its former glory, and then some. Locally-sourced materials in the backyard allow this alfresco patio area to blend right in with the lush SĂŁo Paolo countryside. A covered grill and wet bar allow for outdoor dining without the fuss of all the plumbing upgrades required for a full kitchen.

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