17 Fun Patio Features to Try in Your Outdoor Space

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Whether your home’s outdoor space is an expansive garden or a small balcony, you can make it a refuge with the right features. This comprehensive guide features everything from simple addition to full-scale updates. Discover tips on how to add colorful pops and comfort-focused tweaks.

17 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space

The following outlines ways to create an outdoor space which encourages you to enjoy the fresh air. Find out how a little bit of style can add something extra to your life.

1. Colorful Your Throw Pillows

Swapping out your outdoor throw pillows is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your outdoor space. You could stick with solids or consider adding bright patterns to the mix. The idea is to make sure all the colors work together so that the solids are represented within accents of the patterns.

2. Patio Tables that Offer Versatility

Some furniture just has one job. For example, a hutch is generally just a hutch. But the right table can serve multiple purposes — especially one that can expand as needed.

3. Artsy Side Tables

Adding an artsy side table to your patio helps make your outdoor space both approachable and intriguing. Opt from something like Gloster’s Bells Tables, which offer both a side table and an outdoor ice bucket. They are the perfect mix of fun and function.

4. Teak Patio Table

Take is one of the ultimates in outdoor patio furniture luxury — particularly in the Seattle area where Mother Nature can be hard on our outdoor wares.

An outdoor rug is a simple way to dress up your space, without adding extra clutter, as it does here.

5. Use an Outdoor Rug to Define a Space

Outdoor rugs allow you to instantly define spaces within your patio. This helps naturally draw people to your desired location. It also brings a sense of comfort to a space, mimicking the warmth and comfort you enjoy indoors.

6. Coordinating Your Patio Chairs

Seaside Casual’s Adirondack Chairs are as fun as they are inviting. Placing a pair (or a few pairs) together allows to you create a whimsical feel. Plus, this comfortable seating option is made from recycled material and built to last.
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7. String Lights

Most folks associate string lights with holiday décor. But, outdoor string lights can add so much to the appearance of your home. No matter the time of year, these glowing babies can dress up your backyard and patio in a way that you’d never have guessed.

8. Fire Pit

For centuries, folks have gathered around fires to share stories, tell jokes, and enjoy a warm meal. That hasn’t changed. Fire pits still spark creativity and discussion. They invite you to relax and unwind. They bring a sense of comfort that is hard to replicate.

9. Matching Patio Furniture

Like matching the furniture in your dining room, matching the furniture on your patio can allow you to create a simple vibe that’s refreshing.

10. An Outdoor Bar Cart

Flexible and multifunctional, an outdoor bar cart makes supplying a crowd easy. It allows you to create a clear zone for help-yourself drinks. And, it lets you move your bar as needed.

11. Poolside Lounging

Planning to soak up some sun? It’s one of the best ways to get your Vitamin D, assuming you don’t overdo it. But, you want to also make it comfortable, by adding a poolside lounge chair.

12. Utilize the Shade of Your Trees

Before patio umbrellas, trees were one of the first source of shade and shelter. Today, they still offer a delicate canopy that protects you while still allowing you to enjoy the outdoors.

13. Go Neutral

Want a sleek look? Stick to neutral colors. Select furniture made from natural materials. Use gravel to keep the ground a soft tone. Keep any walls nearby white or tan. And if you’re looking to add a bit of warmth, consider a white candle or two. They will help set the mood while also offering the same neutral hue.

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14. Garden Vertically

A vertical garden allows you to soften the walls of your outdoor space, while delivering a bit of function to your patio. Imagine plucking your own tomatoes to use in your summer salad or a bit of rosemary to garnish your cocktails.

15. Bring the Color

Want to liven up your outdoor space? Color is a surefire way to do so. Make your patio as colorful as possible by incorporating brightly painted outdoor lamps, snazzy throw pillows, and fun accent pieces. Plus, you might consider adding a brightly colored outdoor furniture rug.

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16. Alfresco Patio Dining

Want to really start enjoying your patio? Make it a point to do so. Give yourself a place that inspires alfresco dining with an outdoor table big enough to seat the entire family. Keep things casual, with simple accents and comfortable chairs. And, don’t forget to add some outdoor lighting so that evening doesn’t banish the crowd back indoors.

17. Create Different Regions with Garden Beds

Not all rooms are made for the same propose. Think about your home. The bedroom’s different than the kitchen which is different than the dining room and the TV room. You can use garden beds to define different zones within your garden, creating a space for eating and a space for lounging. Depending on how big our patio is, you might even have a defined space for playing games.


No matter the size of your outdoor space, a few fun creature comforts can make it an extension of your home. By selecting updates that embrace your personality, you can easily update your patio’s elegance while making it more functional.

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