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25 Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas To Transform Your Backyard

Posted by Thomas Kay on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

 

 

Need a fresh idea to make a noticeable difference in the backyard?

This list of 25 Patio Decorating Tips will cover a variety of simple projects that will both attract attention & serve a useful purpose in any outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas

We will explore some of the most popular outdoor trends & professional exterior design tips including:

-  Outdoor Arrangement Ideas

-  Creative Patio Lighting

-  Landscaping & Gardening Tips

-  Outdoor Entertaining Advice

-  And Much More
 

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Tip  # 1 :  Create Spot To Gather

Perhaps the best place to get started is by creating a space in the backyard with plenty of space for family & friends to sit & gather around.

This can be anything from a fire pit, a shady tree, fountain or sculpture, a favorite piece of artwork; whatever your favorite part of your backyard, arrange seating to attract attention & make a welcoming hangout spot.

 

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Spot To Gather

 

Tip # 2 :  Use Trees To Provide Light

Trees are rarely put to any use at night mainly because there is never enough light around them to attract attention.

From Christmas lights to candles, there are plenty of creative ways to make your trees a little brighter.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use Trees To Provide Light 

 

Tip # 3 :  Patterns Help Everything Match 

No matter what furniture style or material you are using, one simple pattern (top right) can help everything come together.

If you have all the same material furniture (bottom), use similar colors & designs instead of identical ones to add some necessary variety.

 

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Patterns Help Everything Match 

 

Tip # 4 :  Heaters Are Both Warm & Inviting

Chilly weather should not stop you from enjoying the beauty of your backyard.

Outdoor heaters are an easy addition & can help motivate guests to take that first step outside when weather can be questionable.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Heaters Are Warm & Inviting  

 

Tip # 5 :  Design A Creative Space For Games 

Creating a dedicated spot in the backyard for your favorite game is sure to attract attention.

Organize a family DIY project to create the new, favorite place in the backyard.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Design A Creative Space For Games

 

Tip # 6 :  Ice Chest's Keep Drinks Cool & Inviting

Another creative DIY project to work on is making an ice chest for the warm months.

Whether there is alcohol or not, an outdoor ice chest is sure to grab a lot of attention; alcohol can usually help though.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: An Ice Chest Keeps Drinks Cool & Inviting

 

Tip # 7 :  A Mirror Can Make A Difference

Mirrors are an easy addition that can make a substantial & immediate impact to an outdoor space.

Big or small, use mirrors to expand any area & it is easy to find a design to match your style.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: A Mirror Can Make A Difference

 


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Tip # 8 :  Incorporate The Water Element

Adding the water element, such as a fountain or pond, is not the easiest of these backyard projects; but it does make the biggest splash.

Fountains can be used to be the center of attention or provide the perfect accent to your favorite outdoor spot.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Incorporate The Water Element

 

Tip # 9 :  Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

Jumbo sized umbrellas are the best way to cover a large area of the patio; not to mention they are quite eye catching as well.

Normal umbrellas won't be able to protect larger furniture arrangements like a deep seating sectional or a trio of chaise lounges.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

 

Tip # 10 :  Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

Hanging artwork & sculptures brings a distinctive look, while adding more life to the theme you are going for.

Consider using a cultural piece to make it your patio feel more like of a part of you.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

 

Tip # 11 :  Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

String lights are perfect for outdoor lighting because they are small enough to be difficult to see during the day & there are so many bulbs to spread the light out easily at night.

The best part about them is their versatility & variety; you will be surprised how easy it is to find a set to match any area of patio.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

 

Tip # 12 :  Find A Place To Swing From

An outdoor swing can be one of the most enticing areas of the backyard.

They serve as a perfect oasis to escape by yourself; or perhaps enjoy your day outside swinging with someone special.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find A Place To Swing From

 

Tip # 13 :  Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

If you are looking for a little to no maintenance outdoor project, consider incorporating large rocks into your landscape.

Aside from putting them in, there is no work needed to keep these up; so they can keep on absorbing attention year after year.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

 

Tip # 14 :  Incorporate The Fire Element

The only thing more attractive then water is fire; using fire anywhere in an outdoor space is sure to get some wow's.

Most fire pits use propane tanks, making them more portable & versatile than ever before.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Incorporate The Fire Element

 

 


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Tip # 15 :  Archways Provide Nice Transitions

One of the most inviting outdoor pieces to use is an archway.

Archways are best used to set a transition from one outdoor area to another.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Archways Provide Nice Transitions

 

Tip # 16 :  Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

Empty wall space is not necessarily a bad thing, but for some it might seem too vacant; if so consider inviting some graceful guests to spend time there.

One of the best ways to use wall is by making a home for local birds to spend their days, also creating a wonderful sight that can be enjoyed on a daily basis.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

 

Tip # 17 :  Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

Music is a big part of outdoor entertaining, but hooking up just any old set of speakers outside is not usually an attractive looking sight.

There are a variety of outdoor Bluetooth speakers that make listening outside easy on the effort & on the eyes.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

 

Tip # 18 :  Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

If you enjoy eating outside then consider setting up the dining table to look upon the best view in the entire backyard.

Doesn't matter if that view is overlooking something as grand as an ocean, or something as small as a garden; just make sure it is your favorite place to spend time & make memories.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

 

Tip # 19 :  Hang Up A Hammock

Hanging a hammock is one of the simplest ways to add a new & personal area to the patio.

There used to be only one basic style but now you can find hammocks in more creative ways than you could imagine.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Hang Up A Hammock

 

Tip # 20 :  Repel Bugs With Citronella candles & Torches

Using candles & torches are usually pretty common to see in outdoor spaces; however most are not burning citronella.

Citronella will repel unwanted mosquito's & other bugs away while at the same time providing the gorgeous flame to set the mood.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Repel Bugs With Citronella Candels & Troches

 

Tip # 21 :  Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

Every outdoor space should at least have one piece to act as a focal point that leaves a lasting impression & sets it apart from the rest.

This can be something as inspiring as a waterfall or a fire; this can also be something as basic as an unique piece of artwork or a small garden.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

 

Tip # 22 :  The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

Cocktails are a large part of outdoor entertaining; cocktail carts & stands make preparing & mixing drinks outside easy to enjoy.

The carts add a nice portability to move & enjoy anywhere around the patio, but a stand can act a permanent attention magnet.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

 

Tip # 23 :  Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

The biggest shame of having a large, shady tree is not setting up a place to sit & relax underneath.

There are lots of creative ways to make a seating area perfect under your tree; could be a drinking hangout, a secluded reading spot, or a place to spend romantic nights.

 

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

 

Tip # 24 :  Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

Perhaps one of the most elegant patio design tips on the list, use curtains or drapes to add that special touch.

This unique look can completely transform the look & feel of an outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

 

Tip # 25 :  Living Walls Are Always Unique

Living walls have come back with a bang & are sprouting up all over social media.

Explore online for some inspiration or come up with a unique arrangement of your own.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Living Walls Are Always Unique

 

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