10 Ideas to Try in Your Backyard


Whether you have a tiny balcony or an expensive garden, our guide to creating a luxurious outside area will help you take full advantage of warm weather. So read on for forty stylish backyard and patio ideas to try in your own spaces, from colorful tile design tips to minimalist dining nooks. Fresh air and fresh style ahead.

Colorful Throw Pillows

Coordinate your throw pillows to the florals and hang a timeless pendant light to polish things off. Plus, swapping out your pillows is the easy (and cost-effective) way to upgrade your patio each season.

Out on a Houston terrace designed by Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod, two square tables push together to accommodate larger gatherings. The Graves chairs are from McKinnon and Harris.

Artsy Chairs

This patio is both approachable and design-forward, laid-back and put together. For a similar vibe, opt for sling chairs that make a statement. Or, if you have some affordable sling chairs like this, get crafty and paint the canvas yourself.

Breakfast Outdoor Patio

Wendy Owen created a “breakfast patio” for her Sonoma property. using French café chairs and a stone table. The dishes are by Astier de Villatte.

A Lookout Point

While that green spiral staircase is seriously striking, the real showstopper here is the view. If your patio overlooks beautiful scenery, line up some lounge chairs and call it a day on the patio.

Teak Patio Table

A banquette accommodates lunch al fresco at a Florida house. Designer Andrew Howard sourced the wicker armchairs and teak table from Kingsley-Bate.

Bougainvillea and Tiles

Always say yes to bougainvillea and fire pits. To make the seating area feel like its own nook on a larger patio, lay down some tiles that make it stand out.

Patio Mood Lighting

Designer Jill Sharp Weeks brought in new vegetation, furniture, and string lights to help a Charleston garden feel like an extension of the home’s first floor.

A Chic Hammock

Channel vacation vibes by hanging a slim hammock and nature-inspired furniture, like this stool and lounger. Then paint everything white and pretend you’re in Santorini.

Dramatic Sofa Swings

Swing sofas are relaxing and comfortable, plus, they’re more visually intriguing than your average seating. That’s especially true if you play with scale and proportion, as is the case above.

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