Ideas for Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces


Most people know how they want to decorate their living room or bedroom, but coming up with decorating ideas for decks</>, porches or patios can leave them at a loss. Outdoor living spaces don’t have to be difficult to decorate and can be transformed into the perfect place for parties, relaxing or hanging out with friends and family.

When decorating outdoor living spaces, think about how you will be spending the majority of your time outside. Are you one to sit on the back deck with a cup of coffee and a good book in the mornings? Do you plan on having several backyard barbecues or pool parties? All of the above?

If you don’t entertain much, you may prefer your outdoor space to feel like a relaxing retreat from the rest of the world. Comfy lounge chairs, gauzy curtains blowing in the breeze and potted ferns, orchids and roses can help create the feel of a spa resort in your own backyard. If you are one to entertain, an outdoor sectional, lights strung in the trees, and cozy chair groupings situated throughout your yard would be the perfect backdrop for the soiree of the summer.

It is also important to put your own personal spin on your space. Have custom pillows made in outdoor fabrics for your wicker furniture. Choose an outdoor rug in a pattern you like. Use your favorite colors. Complete an outdoor space as you would an indoor room– rugs, pillows, accessories, lighting and functional layout are all important. Just keep in mind to use weather resistant decor items. You want your outdoor space to be a continuation of your home.

If a major decorating project seems like too much to take on, paying a professional is always an option. Or you can try doing a little at a time. For example, an Adirondack chair with a cute pillow is a simple addition that looks good in just about anyone’s back yard. Some homeowners find that once they get started, the decorating ideas just keep coming.