4 Patio Decoration Ideas

October 2, 2018
Read some of our ideas for a beautiful and practical patio with a nice layout. It's a sinch!

In today’s post, we’d like to offer you some patio decor ideas.

As we all know, in the summer, we spend most of our time on the patio, deck, balcony or in the garden. So, these places have to be a space where we can wind down and relax.

Even if you have a small patio, or one that doesn’t let in too much sunlight, you always have decor options at your disposal. You just need to adapt to your patio’s conditions to make the most out of it.

Below, we’ll leave you with 4 ideas that you can use as an inspiration. You can use them as a starting point and tweak the details as needed for your patio.

1. Dividing up the space: decorating a patio

An efficient layout is essential for patio design. If you’re able to lay out the furniture in a way that creates separate zones, you’ll end up with a patio that’s much more visually pleasing.

With a proper layout, you’ll be more at easy on your patio; it could even end up looking bigger than it actually is.

Patio layout

If you have enough space, you can create zones of various heights. To get the look, use wooden levels or platforms. On the higher areas, create a dining area or a chill out space. You just have to make sure that the floor is nice and leveled.

Another idea, although it’s a bit more pricey, is using glass walls. You can use glass walls to partially or completely close in your patio, meaning that you’ll be able to use it all-year-round.

If you go with partial walls, try setting up the dining area in that space (with chairs, benches, tables…). Strategically placing your dining area will save you extra work in taking care of your dining furniture as it won’t be left outdoors.

2. Vegetation

Plants are also basic decor elements for patios, decks, gardens… In addition to being a great decor piece, they have plenty of health benefits.

Make sure to choose plants that can survive summer temperatures for your garden. Some options are:

  • Succulents or grassy plants
  • Cacti
  • Xerophiles
  • Sclerophylls

During summertime, water your plants at the beginning of the day. Watering in the morning will allow soil to conserve moisture longer.

If possible, you could also create a green wall. Vertical gardens are becoming more and more in style. On top of that, their main attraction is that they barely take up any space, making them a perfect option for smaller patios and gardens.

Patio garden

If you’ve also opted for a pergola, you could let some vines crawl up some of its posts, such as an ivy.

Lastly, if you can’t have a natural lawn (as in the case of a garden), an artificial lawn could be a fine substitute. You just have to make sure that the ground – earth, tiles or whatever it might be – is nice and even with a slight inclination for good drainage.

It’s an economical option as a meter-square of artificial lawn costs between 10-20 euros. On top of that, it doesn’t require maintenance, unlike a natural lawn.

You could create a great space by using wooden and artificial grass platforms. You’d enjoy two different, but complementing zones for your patio.

3. Lighting

Although a patio should already have good, natural lighting, using a little artificial light is helpful as well. With lights, you can create warmer, cozier spaces, especially at night.

Some light options that you might want to consider are lanterns, string lights or candles (try opting for the aromatic ones).

Patio lighting

Lighting is also something that you can do yourself at home with no problem. So, if you’re a fan of DIY projects, this is your chance.

If you have a pergola, you can hang some string lights on one of the posts, for example. Or, if your chill out area is closer to ground level and uses poofs, carpets and pillows… try adding little lanterns or candles to the space.

4. Furniture

In order to choose the right furniture for your patio, you have to measure out the area to make sure to avoid a crammed space.

Don’t forget that more is less; sometimes it’s better to avoid using too much furniture or too many accessories. You just need to make sure that everything’s comfortable and serves a purpose.

In the resting area, you could try hanging a hammock, lawn-chairs or a rocking chair. Like we see in many gardens, a small fountain could even be an option; the sound of flowing water will help you relax.

Patio furniture

For the dining area, arrange some chairs, a table and a bench together. You can even buy a serving cart, which will make it easier for you to take things out to the patio.

Don’t forget that natural fiber or wood furniture look great in outdoor settings. Stores like IKEA, Leroy Merlin or Maisons du Monde offer diverse selections.


As always, we hope that you liked our ideas and that they can serve as an inspiration. Remember that you can use accessories (rugs, pillows, pots…) to add pops of color and life to your patio.

According to Pantone, the color of 2018 will be ultra violet, so match it with lighter tones or with natural fibers for your patio.