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Outdoor Decor Ideas

Flower Pots and Planters
A white planter with a green plant sitting beside a chair in an outdoor living space.

Use potted plants and vertical gardens to add greenery or pops of seasonal color to your outdoor areas. Go for planters that complement your design or choose clay pots in various sizes and let the plants be the focus. 

Tip: Use spray paint to match a color scheme or hand paint pots to coordinate your outdoor garden decor ideas. 

Accent Furniture
A brown outdoor loveseat and chair with green cushions beside a small table and garden stool in an outdoor space.

When choosing extra pieces of outdoor furniture, consider how they will look with your main patio furniture. 

Remember, not everything has to be an exact match. A single lounge chair, side table or patio accessory in a standout color or unusual design can mix well with another design statement and become a focal point for your outdoor decor ideas.

Outdoor Rugs
An outdoor love seat, coffee table and lantern on a patterned outdoor rug.

Soften outdoor areas and add bursts of patterns and colors with easy-to-clean outdoor rugs. Available in a wide range of sizes, colors and designs, these durable rugs will showcase your style and stay comfortable underfoot for years to come. Need more inspiration for outdoor patio decor ideas? Choose a great rug and decorate around it.

Wall Decor
Three pieces of outdoor wall art hung on a white wall over a sofa.

Hang wall decor outside to add warmth and visual interest to bare exterior walls. Whether on a porch or garden wall, outdoor wall decor, weather resistant clocks and wall sculptures are unique touches. Rotate your pieces to keep your look fresh from season to season.

Pillows and Poufs
Several colorful outdoor pillows in an outdoor living space.

Use beautiful outdoor pillows to add comfort and style to your outdoor space. Pillows and poufs are an easy and affordable way to change colors for the season when paired with neutral patio furniture. 

Get various sizes so they're versatile enough to use for cozy decor or to soften the seating on a hard bench. Use jumbo pillows as floor seating for informal gatherings. Look for weatherproof, stain-resistant fabrics and durable inner materials that will retain their shape but still feel plush year after year.

Birdhouses and Bird Baths
A birdhouse painted to look like a cafe sitting outdoors.

Encourage visits from feathery friends with birdhouses and bird baths that express your unique style. As a bonus, you'll enjoy cheerful chirping as background music when you relax in your garden or yard.

Extend Your Style
A patio love seat and chairs with ivory cushions and a coffee table on a colorful rug.

For easy outdoor decorating, carry your indoor style outside. Whether classic, farmhouse, coastal, modern or any other design, look for pieces that have a similar aesthetic but stand up to the environment. 

Edible Accents
A strawberry jar planted with strawberries with a turquoise bistro set.

Let edible plants take the stage. Use small pots of herb plants, strawberries or small peppers as centerpieces on outdoor dining tables or accents on side tables. Swap them out seasonally. Trade summer basil and cilantro for rosemary, sage plants and baby kale in fall.

Globe lights strung over a black and tan love seat and chairs and a glowing fire pit.

Light the way to an enjoyable evening with outdoor lighting. Swags of overhead string lights look festive in any season. There are many styles to choose from, including miniature lanterns, Edison bulbs, stars and more.


While string lights are a simple option, a wide range of outdoor lights gives you a more permanent solution. Try capping posts with deck lighting, outlining the patio with path or walkway lights, uplighting trees or hanging battery-operated lanterns at different heights in your trees.

Two pots of succulents sitting outside on a patio.

Whether grown in hanging containers, planted in bowls for centerpieces or used for other outdoor garden decor ideas, succulents are trendy and fun. Their striking looks, versatility and ease of care make them excellent for any space.

Garden Flags
A garden flag showing the word "welcome" and a jar filled with daises hanging outside a home.

Nothing welcomes visitors with a whimsical touch like a garden flag snapping in a breeze. With so many designs available, you can find something that expresses your style, celebrates the season or shows support for your favorite team.

Water Features
A pond with aquatic plants, a lantern and a bird feeder in a backyard setting.

From bubbling fountains to ponds filled with aquatic plants, water features are great for outdoor decorating. Look for freestanding, tabletop or wall fountains made of fiberglass, ceramic and other materials. Pond kits make installation easy, or you can buy a pond liner, pump and other accessories to create your own look. 

Fire Pits
A contemporary fire pit with an outdoor love seat on a deck.

Outdoor heating lets you enjoy your patio, deck or backyard when the temperatures drop. Look for a fire pit or fire pit table, chiminea or other outdoor heater that runs on wood, propane, natural gas or other fuel. Choose from a variety of styles, sizes and finishes or consider adding an outdoor fireplace.

Planter Wall
An outdoor wall hung with small planters filled with foliage and flowering plants.

A wall planter filled with ornamental plants or edibles can dress up a bare surface. Some vertical planters come ready to mount and have openings to hold herbs, flowers and succulents. You can also find wall pockets in various shapes and sizes. 

Privacy Wall
An arbor strung with white lights over patio chairs near an outdoor fireplace.

Need to screen a view? Try a wall art panel, fencing or a pergola with privacy curtains. For a living privacy wall, grow vining plants on a tall trellis or on the sides of an arbor. Many shade structures will also help protect you and your outdoor furniture from the sun.

Ideas for Outdoor Decorating on a Front Porch
Two black rockers with colorful pillows and a garden stool beside plants on a front porch.

A front porch is a great place for a hanging swing or comfortable chairs. Rocking chairs are traditional favorites. With a garden stool to hold snacks, you'll be ready for guests to drop by. 

An outdoor lamp lets you entertain after the sun goes down. Also, consider a ceiling fan with a light. It will keep you cool in the summer and help shoo bugs away.

Don't forget to give your front door a decorative boost with outdoor lamps or sconces, a fresh coat of paint, a new doormat and a kickplate.

Outdoor Garden Decor Ideas
A faux turtle beside some foliage plants and flowers in a garden bed.

Garden statues add a personal touch to your outdoor space. Put a gnome under a tree, stake plastic flamingos around a kiddie pool, light a path with a solar-powered lighthouse or tuck a pretend-turtle under leafy plants. 

Landscaping is also important when you're looking for outdoor garden decor ideas. Plant a flowering tree, shrubs or beds of annuals, bulbs and perennials.

More Outdoor Patio Decor Ideas
A market umbrella over an outdoor table and two chairs on a patio.

Open an umbrella over your patio table for a shady spot to eat. Some tables have a hole in the top to hold the umbrella, while other umbrellas fit into portable bases. 

For drinks, stock an outdoor bar cart with attractive glasses, napkins and pitchers of lemonade and other beverages. 

DIY Outdoor Decor Ideas
A grill and wood grilling station in an outdoor living space.

Many DIY outdoor decor projects are fun and satisfying to do. Make a paver path through your garden or leading to your porch in a weekend. Create a rose garden with roses grown in containers, build a grill station or craft an address display planter to hold small plants.

Decorate your outdoor space in the style and colors you like. If you entertain a lot, add comfortable chairs, a patio table and outdoor lights. Yard and garden decor can include a fountain, flag, wall art and a water feature. Make your backyard look nice by keeping your lawn lush and green, trimming shrubs and planting flowers. 

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