The temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to refresh the outdoor space! Today, I’m joining a group of friends to bring you 5 ideas for patio decor that I hope you will love.
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The Outdoor Pinterest Challenge
Each month I join a lovely group of gals to bring you our own version of an “HGTV challenge” using a Pinterest photo as inspiration. Our fabulous hostess is Cindy at County Road 407, and it’s always a thrill and a half to see what everyone creates!
If you came over from Kristin at White Arrows Home, thanks so much for joining me today! I’m dying to visit Kristin’s cozy Northwoods cabin and sit on her porch.
At the end of this post, you’ll find many more decor ideas from my friends, so I apologize in advance if you get the itch to go shopping as a result! (smirk)
The Pinterest Inspiration Photo
The inspiration for this month’s challenge comes from Bria Hammel Interiors in her front porch reveal. It’s so serene and charming, I want to go to there!
Since the spirit of the challenge is to make do with what you have, I decided to use my back patio to achieve a similar look as Bria.
I’m taking five elements from our combined porch/patio decor to give you some ideas for decorating your own outdoor space.
Grab yourself a tall glass of iced tea and let’s head outside together!
5 Ideas for Outdoor Decor
1. Choose a Color Scheme
I find it soothing to have just 1-2 colors dominating our back patio. That way nature can fill in the rest of the beauty.
Like Bria, I chose blue and yellow as my two dominant colors with splashes of green as well. Unlike Bria, my cushions are a neutral white, so I introduced color through my throw pillows. (More on that below.)
2. Ground Your Space with an Outdoor Rug
I didn’t fully appreciate the value of having an outdoor area rug until we bought ours. It tied everything together and gave the whole space a more finished look.
Rather than choose a bold color for the rug, I opted for a neutral greige rug that would coordinate with any color scheme when I inevitably change my mind someday. Ha!
We recently power washed and sealed our flagstone patio. I use the term “we” loosely since hubby did all the work! I’m glad we could also give this rug a good cleaning in the process. 😉
In hindsight, we should’ve enforced a “no scooter on the rug rule” for the kids…#lessonlearned but #ohthememories!
Tip: Rotate your outdoor rug regularly to even out the wear and tear.
After another year of outdoor entertaining and winter storms, we decided to update the rug and decor a bit. You can see the results by clicking the button below!
3. Include Outdoor Pillows of Various Sizes
If you read my post on lantern decorating ideas (another Pinterest challenge), you might remember the blue/green patterned pillows I sewed. I love the selection of outdoor fabrics available these days!
I included zippers so I could reuse the outdoor pillow inserts and update the fabric as needed. I’m already on my second set of pillow covers.
4. Coordinate a Few Pots with Your Color Scheme
I used blue and yellow materials to create a stacked container garden, and I’ve also collected a few other planters with similar colors in various patterns like the one below.
I was really crushing on Bria’s vertical herb garden, but sadly, it’s sold out online. I’m on the hunt for a similar one to place over our potting bench, so stay tuned!
5. Have a Variety of Plant Heights/Sizes
I couldn’t help but notice the many beautiful flowers, herbs, and ferns on Bria’s porch. She inspired me to pick up a few fresh ferns and small flowering plants (like the Dipladenia you just saw) on a recent venture to Home Depot.
In a nod to the taller plants on Bria’s porch, my pink plumeria (Frangipani) is posing for you. It’s very special to me because it came from a dear family friend who has since passed.
“Uncle Dave” (as we affectionately called him) would be so proud to see his prized plumerias on display.
I hope you found a few ideas for patio decor that you might like to use this year. None are revolutionary, but perhaps you now have the gears turning on some opportunities to spruce up your space!
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Don’t forget to pay a visit to my friends below to see their unique interpretations of this month’s challenge! Your next stop is my bestie Julie from My Wee Abode who will prove that you can have a gorgeous home in any size dwelling. Give her a big hug from me!
Enjoy your time on the patio!